Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry, #7)
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Swallowing Darkness (Merry Gentry #7)

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I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child–twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed, and defiled me. And now he has branded my guards as a threat to my unborn children.

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Published November 4th 2008 by Ballantine Books
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Heather
Nov 06, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of LKH books
Wow. Just, wow. This was probably one of, if not the best book in the Merry Gentry series.

I dont want to give any spoilers away, so Im gonna make this review brief.

There is a TON of action in this book. Lots of magic, and unbelievable circumstances... and somehow, Merry doesnt seem quite so helpless in this book. In fact, she pretty much kicks ass!! She's bold and commanding, and acts much more like a Queen should act.

I also didn't feel like I was constantly waiting for all the s**t to hit th...more
Moderatrix Lori
Loved this book, loved this series. What a fascinating world LKH has created. I was disappointed with the lack of sex in this book though. I was glad she finally had sex with the yummy goblin twins Holly and Ash but that was it for sex in this book. Poor Doyle never did get his blow job. Why is it necessary to start a hot sex scene and then have them all stop and talk? Then they start up again, only to stop and talk some more. Fuck already!! Some of her guard have gone without for centuries. I d...more
Elizabeth
So here's the thing. I tend to cut the Merry Gentry books a little more slack than I do the Anita Blake books, possibly because the Merry books never pretended to be anything other than what they are. So while the power-ups and addition of new men would bother me in Anita-verse, I tend to roll with it in Merry-verse.

And yes, she does add new men, even though she is finally pregnant and should have narrowed her man-harem down the the six (yes, six) fathers. However! Sex is kept to a minimum, and...more
Liz
Laurell K. Hamilton managed to write a book with only two sex scenes, both of which were brief.

I am THRILLED that she has begun to listen to some of the fan feedback I've seen. I enjoyed this book more than I've enjoyed any of her last 6 or 7 releases, mainly because I managed to find a plot. I've been reading her books for years and had almost lost hope that she had lost the original magic that I enjoyed. Now, I find myself becoming hopeful that I will enjoy more of her books in the future.

Whil...more
Grace
Even if this book had been amazing, I couldn't have given it five stars because of the title. I mean, really, Laurell K?? Subtle sexual references in titles are fine, but if you have read any of these books, you know Darkness is the name of a character, and to call the book "Swallowing Darkness" is a bit crude by any standard. I grimaced the first time I heard the title.

Maybe I'm just getting burned out on the series, but this book left me feeling ho-hum. The ending was a page-turner, but until...more
Ashley
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Stefanie
Ponder if you will for a moment these things... 1) The vast majority of Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series has been more sex than plot (a recent book had a 90+ page sex scene); 2) One of the main characters in the series is nicknamed Darkness; and 3) The latest, seventh, book in the series is Swallowing Darkness ... Combining those three facts, what would you think was awaiting you if you picked up this latest novel?

Surprisingly, the first sex scene doesn't even begin until page 150, a...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Looking for a kickass heroine? "Swallowing Darkness" by Laurell K. Hamilton gives us a pregnant heroine with awesome powers and raging hormones! How can I not love it?

Seriously, in this 7th book of the 'Meredith Gentry' series Meredith is finally pregnant...with twins no less. But instead of becoming softer Merry has had it with her enemies. No more bargaining or backing down. She will do whatever she needs to protect her mates and her unborn children. All I can say is...about time.

In previous...more
Rosalind M
On the one hand, I know that LKH is trying to keep new readers from feeling too lost if they start late in the series. On the other hand, there are way too many character descriptions that we've seen before, in as much detail as we originally saw them. There are too many similes--take a risk and just say he was a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter's night instead of relying on "as if" and "like"! Too many sudden miracles, one piled upon the other. And the dialogue has gotten repetitive; character...more
Adrianna
Feb 03, 2010 Adrianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult Women
Recommended to Adrianna by: Shelli
Shelves: fantasy, in-eureka
It is extremely difficult to write a review for a book without incorporating spoilers for those who have not read the entire series. However, I am determined to do my best because Meredith Gentry novels deserve to find a home on many new readers' bookshelves. Of course, I recommend starting with the first in the series, A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, #1), but future readers should note that Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry, #7) surpasses all the previous books in the Gentry saga.

Hamilto...more
Natasha
Synopsis:
I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child–

twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the

true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed, and defiled me. And now he has branded my

guards as a threat to my unborn children.

Bearing an heir has placed me halfway to my aunt’s throne, that much closer to my reign over the Unseelie

Court–and well ahead of...more
Marian
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Lori Whitwam
I was getting tired of this series. The last few have not held my interest... they've been short time periods, and convoluted plot lines and shifting loyalties. And, though I never thought I'd say this, the sex scenes were even dull. How many times can Merry say, "I don't want another lover. I won't take another lover! What? I have to, in order to save all of Faerie? Oh, OK."

This time, though, what scenes there were, were relevant, and there were way less of them, allowing the actual STORY to d...more
Trisha
I've read every book in the series and this, the 7th, is a return to the promise of the first book, before plot was left far behind in favor of porn. Sex is all good and this book has it, for sure, but it also has a plot, finally. Unlike most of Hamilton's later books, I found myself reading to find out what would happen rather than who the lead character would screw next (or what, and how). It's still not stellar fiction but it entertains. I didn't pay for it though. Definitely not worth the ha...more
Melissa
mmm...better, at least there was more plot development than just gratuitous sex.
Elyzia
For all of those that have complained that her books are nothing but sex would appreciate this one...I for one have never complained about the context of her books!!!!
This book had a lot of action, a lot happened in this book.
Merry is having Twins.....and I am very happy with the father(s)...
I had wondered how Hamilton was going to tackle that issue, but I am very pleased with how she did.
Merry is faced with a lot of challenges in this one, a lot of decisions, some very difficult to make.
There...more
MissM
Well, I'll give it two stars instead of one since she managed to actually have plot and not just orgies this time around. But it was very frantic, hodge-podge plot rather than enjoyable plot. It was OMG SO MUCH MAGIXZ kind of plot and of course, a bazillion amazing, never-before-known-possible things happened.

The book ended in a quick, couple paragraph summery (a la Anita Blake style) and made it sound like the series was over and done with. It could have easily been a final book. Supposedly tho...more
Buqet
Genelde bütün Merry Serisini seviyorum ve her ne kadar seks içerikli olduğu için eleştirilse de bana kalırsa insanlar görmek istedikleri tarafları görüyorlar.Kesinlikle Merry serisinin güçlü bir kurgusu var. Bu inkar edilemez. Bu itap bunun en büyük kanıtı. Harika bir giriş-gelişme-sonuç . Doyle ve Frost neredeyse başroller de bu kitapta. En sonunda meşhur Cel'de ortalığa dökülüyor. Merry'nin başına gelenlerde Fatmagül'ü aratır cinsten :D Harika bir kitap gerçekten de :)
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
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Casta
The long-awaited "culmination" of Laurell K. Hamilton's "fey" series. It wraps up so many plots and loose ends that Hamilton has posted notice to her web site that 'this is not the end.' For folks who've stuck with the series this long (and I know folks who've given up a few books in for want of plot), this is your reward. There's plot, plot, and more plot. More magic, and less s*x. In fact, she goes all the way to the second-to-last chapter for an actual s*x scene... There's one that gets start...more
Megan
This book (Book #7), in my opinion, is so far the best in the fairy series. The writing is very fast past, as everything seems to be happening at once- good or bad. This is not very much different from the other books in Ms. Hamilton’s fairy series, at least this book takes place over a couple of days, as at least one of the books takes place in only one night. The story beings with Meredith in the hospital, and as the saying goes things have to get worse before they get better. I don’t want to...more
Jen
When I started reading the Meredith Gentry series, it was with the full knowledge that this series would be all about the porn. LKH seemed to be writing these books so that she could get out her urges for crazy sex scenes and leave the plot to the Anita Blake series.

So my question after reading this book is, what the heck just happened here?

This book is FULL of plot! Events happen! Things change! Politics get complicated! Storylines reach a conclusion! And there's only one sex scene that is rema...more
Jodi
While this is not my favorite series, this book took us where we needed to go. While it is not the end of the series, it could have been had she wanted to make it so. It ends a critical story arc and opens the path for more intrigue and mystery. There is almost no sex in this book, which will surprise many Hamilton readers but it wasn't called for and wasn't necessary. This tied up external plots and even a few internal ones as well. I hear Laurell's voice, literally, as I read this. She has exp...more
Jennifer
I think this is more of a 3.5 star book for me. It was enjoyable and I was flipping the pages in quick time - but for some reason I just felt like this story lacked for me. I think it's the Goddess thing that is making me distrust the plot. Can we believe anyone is ever dead when the Goddess seems to bring people back? I don't know. I just felt like the whole Goddess thing allows too many outs for the author. Write yourself in a jam? Poof! The Goddess wills it to be this way. And one does not qu...more
Brekke
Being pregnant doesn't make life easier for Merry, though I never suspected that it would. Reeling from the end of book 6, the characters are thrown into situation after situation that causes heartache and a lot more strife.

The scene with Gran in the hospital gets to me every time and when the Wild Hunt rides, I can't help but cheer them on. Hamilton's description of the Hunt is incredibly vivid (and definitely more than a little creepy), and it makes the terror of the Hunt come alive.

A lot of r...more
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child–twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed, and defiled me. And now he has branded my guards as a threat to my unborn children.Bearing an heir has placed me halfway to my aunt’s throne, that much closer to my reign over the Unseelie Court–and well ahead of...more
May Mostly Romance
หนังสือชุดเมเรดิธ เจนทรี้ไม่ใช่โรแมนซ์ ดังนั้นโปรดอย่าเข้าใจผิด นี่เป็นอีกครั้งนึงที่เราเขียนหนังสือที่เป็นส่วนน้อยของ Mostly Romance แต่บอกตามตรงนะคะว่า หนึ่งในเหตุผลที่เราชอบเรื่องนี้มาก ๆ ก็คือลักษณะความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างนางเอก และบรรดาผู้ชายของเธอ

เรายังจำได้เมื่อประมาณเก้าปีก่อน เราเพิ่งจะสอบเสร็จ และอยู่ในในอาการที่เครียดมาก (เพราะมันเป็นการสอบครั้งแรก ในสภาพแวดล้อมที่เราไม่คุ้นเคย และเราก็กลัวที่จะผิดพลาดมาก ๆ) เราเดินไปในร้านหนังสือแห่งนึงในศูนย์การค้าใกล้กับบ้านที่พัก สายตาเราเหลือบไปเห็นหน...more
Dee
Back down to a 3.5 stars rounded up - dependent on the next book if it's true score deserves a full 4 stars.

I had one main problem with this entry - the lack of emotional response to Merry's rape. I'm hoping that because it all occurred in one evening that might be mentioned more in the next book. Yes, I know Meredith is not human, but there have been strong overtones throughout this series that men are men and women are women, whatever else they may be. Therefore I'm defintely expecting more em...more
The Listmaker
A vast improvement over the last few books in this series.

Fast paced action and developements move the story forward after it seemed to have stalled last year.

Obviously Ms. Hamilton listened to the criticism of her fans and gave them what they've clamored for in the last year or more.
Rowena
This book rates higher than previous as it wraps up the story as the action balances out the amount of erotica. The story of the entire series is wrapped up, main bad guy vanquished, status quo returned - ending on a relative high.

I read these books as my guilty pleasure - guilt from the passages of bad writing and pleasure from some of the characters, the imagery and snippets of history - but one third of the way through and the negative elements make me close the book and go do something else....more
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