A Stroke of Midnight (Meredith Gentry, #4)
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A Stroke of Midnight (Merry Gentry #4)

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I am Meredith Gentry, P.I. and Princess Merry, heir to the throne of Fairie. Now there are those among me who whisper I am more. They fear me even as they protect me. And who can blame them? I’ve awakened the dazzling magic that’s slumbered in them for thousands of years. But the thing is, I can’t figure out why.

I am Meredith Gentry, P.I., solving cases in Los Angeles, far...more
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Published April 12th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Arminzerella
It's official. My love affair with Laurell K. Hamilton is at an end. I should send her flowers and tell her how nice the journey was. We’re going different places, you and I, Ms. Hamilton – we need to part ways, literally.

Both of Laurell K. Hamilton's series have devolved into orgies – all sex, no plot. In her most recent Anita Blake release there was no time for other things to happen, because everyone was too busy getting laid – Anita more than anyone. Things aren’t much different in fairyland...more
Lisa
Well - I am not actually sure why I keep reading these books. I am a huge fan of the Anita Blake character... yes, sometimes the sex is a bit much, but I enjoy the characters and am looking forward to each new book. I like the suspense, the plot development, the relationships and the fear (I am a big chicken).

I finally decided to read the Meredith Gentry books. I am actually listening to them, unabridged of course. The narrator is pretty good. The only complaint I have for her is that she change...more
Beth
Warning: Quite a Harsh Little Review Ahead. Actually, less a review and more a roasting. In fact, not so much a roasting as a napalming. Plus, what could be considered spoilers. If you don't already know about all the sex.


I've been hearing about Lauell K Hamilton's Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series' for a while, so was curious to see what the fuss was about. Thank god I found one of the Merry Gentry books at a $5 book sale. If I'd spent any more I'd be even MORE disappointed.

Maybe it's because...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
I don't even know how to review this! Except for at the beginning, this book was non-stop action....and not all sex ~ believe it or not. Although I must say, if threesomes or multiple partners bother you then don't read this series.

It is a bit overwhelming with all the new characters but still very interesting with how LKH can come up with so many different variations of types of Fae. The threesomes were a bit much but if you have read any LKH's books then its pretty much par for the course. I w...more
Kathryn
I don't know if there's much I can say in this review that I haven't said in the other three reviews. Slow pace blah blah blah, obsession with descriptions of clothing blah blah blah, Mary-Sue who's passionately hated by half the characters and passionately desired by the other half (if someone's indifferent then they're not featured in this book), and did I mention the slow pace? This one didn't even get two days of real time; apparently now the magical dwelling place of the fairie host is movi...more
Jeri
This one takes place the day after the last book, and covers less than one full day in the life of our heroine. During this period, she investigates a murder, survives several attacks (both physical and political), has amazing and magical (literally) sex with several new partners, and gains and shares new magical powers. In other words, a typical day.

I both loved this one, and was disappointed in it. I loved it because I love spending more time with Merry & Co. (all those gorgeous men!), and...more
Diane
Dec 18, 2011 Diane marked it as couldn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Dudes! I'm setting myself free. I feel the same pain that I felt during the later Anita Blake books. There's just way too much description, metaphysics, and over indulged sex scenes whilst not moving the plot along quickly enough. Since I'm not familiar with the method of the madness, I'm bidding this series adieu'. I'm only reading one more Laurell K. book and that will be the last one in the Anita series that's due out soon.

I mean seriously...I was okay until the idea of goblin sex, or tentac...more
Daniel
More of the same with Hamilton. Lots of sex interrupted by a bit of plot.

This book pretty much takes place in the span of only one day and we see Merry get more action than porn star.

Only reason I read these books is because Hamilton does write well and her plot (what little there is of it) is extremely interesting and is a fully developed fantasy world with many well defined characters. Shame the author can't get over her sexual fetish though. I miss the style of the early Anita Blake novels....more
Carolyn F.
This is the audiobook. Loved the narrator. I like it the second time going through it than the first. Although it's a 3.5 stars as it's not the best. Usually she has a summation of what happens at the end of the book, but this goes straight through to Mistral's Kiss (Meredith Gentry, #5), which I started this am.

Merry is back at the Faery mound and is trying to solve a crime, stay one step ahead of the queen, make then men happy and try to heal as many of the guards as she can. In between all t...more
Ana
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Blue Bates
*Sigh*

I didn't think it would come to this point.

But it has.

I've resorted to making an excel sheet so that I can remember everyone this girl is fucking.

I did this with the Anita Blake books and stopped reading them because my excel sheet was needing too much upkeep. I spent more time on that damn document then I did reading.

I feel like Merry Gentry books are coming to that.

Unfinished list of Merry's fuck buddies so far: (view spoiler)...more
Lyndsey Lakes
Well this is a surprising turn of events, as Andais finally reveals why she can longer claim the throne. With Meredithe's powers growing, an uprising of assignation attempts on the Princesses life leave the guards, shaken and the thought and possibility of almost losing one special guard makes Meredith quite afraid of who makes her pregnant. What if the person just happens to be one of the sex guards and not one she loves? The Princess finds it hard to think of what will happen if she loses her...more
Kathleen
So this is how I would describe a Meredith Gentry book: Merry almost gets killed, then she has sex with one or more people, something mystical and mysterious happens from aforementioned sex, followed by a long conversation about how amazing it is and how it hasn't happened in many centuries and then the whole thing repeats. It gets a bit repetitive and its really kind of sad when the sex scenes are so numerous and similar that they just get boring and you find yourself skimming through them.

That...more
Pete
A Stroke of Midnight is book 4 in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series which started the next day after Seduced by Moonlight. Again, this is another fast day for Merry and her guys starting with a murder investigation when two are killed at a press conference in the Sithen.

Like Anita Blake, Merry can trip a lot of guys and beat them to the floor for all fashions of sexual encounters. All of this is couched in becoming pregnant before her cousin can produce a child.

Merry’s powers evolve foll...more
Leeanna
Meredith Gentry #4: A Stroke of Midnight, by Laurell K. Hamilton

I just finished "A Stroke of Midnight," the fourth book in the Merry Gentry series. I'm still not sure what I read. I feel like I need a roadmap with step-by-step directions to keep up with all the new sidhe figures introduced, and their "adventures" with Merry.

There's an attempt at a plot in this novel, when a fey and a human reporter are found murdered in the sithen after a press conference. Merry persuades the queen to allow her...more
Angie
Synopsis: "I am Meredith Gentry, P.I. and Princess Merry, heir to the throne of Fairie. Now there are those among me who whisper I am more. They fear me even as they protect me. And who can blame them? I’ve awakened the dazzling magic that’s slumbered in them for thousands of years. But the thing is, I can’t figure out why.

I am Meredith Gentry, P.I., solving cases in Los Angeles, far from the peril and deception of my real home–because I am also Princess Meredith, heir to the darkest throne faer
...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
I have to give this one a 3 1/2 as the sex was just a little too much in this book. It seemed as though everytime some major political issue and problems with assassination and the throne was overshadowed with Merry having "random" sex with one or two or more of her guard and allies instead of dealing with them. Ultimately we never got answers to some of the topics brought up like Sholto and his injuries or what happened to the guards who ambushed Galen or what about Peasblossom, the demi-fae, o...more
Rebecca
I was disappointed with this book ...What can you say about Laurell K Hamilton that hasn't already been said? Yes, "A Stroke of Midnight" is full of graphic, gratuitous sex and yes, the plot crawls along to a rather unsatisfying climax (no pun intended) there is a definite story arc here, Merry is still trying to get pregnant and her twisted cousin Cel is nearing the end of his imprisonment. Plot threads that began in earlier books are continued and expanded, and Hamilton has created a delicious...more
Angelo Ricci
Si illude chi pensa che di notte ce ne sia una soltanto. Tante sono le notti e tanti sono i sogni (gli spettri, forse) che le popolano. Sogni e spettri, illusioni e aspettative, ironie e incubi. La notte ci lascia indifesi di fronte a noi stessi e a ciò che siamo, a ciò che siamo stati, a ciò che, forse, saremo.
Dalle 21 alle 6 del mattino. Dall’incedere della morte del giorno sino al lento nascere di un giorno nuovo. Dalle 21 alle 6 del mattino. Sono le ore del sesso, del divertimento, della sol...more
Amy
I liked this more than the previous book, but not enough to gain another star.

This book suffers from long drawn out plot that doesn't even move after the initial tease that there was a plot, too much crazy earth shattering sex, too long and too many conversations. And worst of all too many emo pout fests from everyone. It was a bit tiring.

But Hamilton has done her job because I still want to know what happens next, but I feel that's more because I'm very unsatisfied from the lack of plot movemen...more
Kathy Davie
First read this May 8, 2010 and again May 3, 2011.

Fourth in the Meredith Gentry erotic horror/urban fantasy series revolving around an Unseelie faerie princess who is part-human, part-brownie, and half fae. And the contested heir to the throne.

My Take
It's a matter of choice and interpretation: the magic is returning to the Unseelie Court through Merry's actions. Even the sithen is coming alive, twisting time, nature, and décor. If Merry took the prudent course to placate her aunt and stay alive,...more
Gabriella
Keep in mind that this is an adult book, and there are explicit details!
“My father had taught me to be nice first, because you can always be mean later, but once you've been mean to someone, they won't believe the nice anymore. So be nice, be nice, until it's time to stop being nice, then destroy them.”
A Stroke of Midnight is the 4th book in the Merry Gentry series.

This one takes place the day after the last book, and covers less than one full day. The human media has been called into the sithe...more
Quip-er-quill
I have read Laurell K. Hamilton books before (Clearly - I mean this is book 4 in this series and what idiot starts with book 4?), so I know what to expect: heavy on the sex and violence, light on plot, very little taxing of "the little grey cells" as Poirot would say. But this book, this book summed up everything that I don't like about her style of writing, including the tendency to reuse bits of description over and over again, verbatim, in the same book. Maybe she's going for a Homer/Iliad/Od...more
Carina
A *lot* of plot points are introduced in this book, along with a lot of new characters, and tbh I think this is the downfall of the book. Too many new elements are introduced too quickly meaning it is somewhat difficult to fully understand what is going on and who is who (George R.R. Martin suffers from this as well) - and when things happen to anyone not of the 'core' guard (aka introduced in the first book of the series) I really do not care that much.

The entire book covers a period of around...more
Margit Sage
2.5 *'s: the plot is falling apart at the seams in this book. The "romance" is taking over. I still find it redeeming to read because the universe Hamilton has created is so colorful and interesting. All of the different fae with their varying shapes and growing powers, and the fairy mounds that they live in coming back to life after hundreds of years of stagnancy; it's all quite intriguing and inspiring.
Parts of the books seem really repetitive too, because she repeats the descriptions of the u...more
Tuula
The promising fantasy setting ideas scattered in small doses throughout this book go more or less to waste, in what is essentially a porn novel. The plot seems to have little purpose other than to provide a backdrop (and excuse) for the numerous sex scenes, and there's no room for the story to actually go anywhere, despite the author's apparent efforts. Which, sadly, makes the whole thing kind of pointless. The plot devices Hamilton uses to get her characters into bed with Princess Meredith are...more
Laurla2
"that feeling of terrible emptiness when i touched him was like going into a house that you thought would be full of people you loved, only to find it empty, and even the furniture taken. you walk from room to room hearing your footsteps echo on the naked floors. your voice bounces back from the empty walls, where the lines of beloved photos still show like the line around a body at a crime scene. he was gone."


"you cannot die of grief, though it feels as if you can. a heart does not actually bre...more
Stacey
I can't get away from her. Seriously. The Anita Blake books ought to be a lost cause for any intelligent reader, but something about them keeps drawing me (and various other incredibly intelligent folks I know) back into the fold. This, the fourth installment of the Merry Gentry series, makes up for its lack of plot devices, overabundance of (apparently) sexy-looking supernatural men, and abundance of sex-for-power scenes by the use of the biggest plot device of all, the cliffhanger. About thirt...more
Lora Tihomirova
I'm a little perplexed about this book. I love Laurell's style of writing and I've missed it since so much time has passed since the last Anita book came out.
But what bothered me was that everything in this book happend in the space of a few hour. For God's sake, the night didn't even end in the end. And come on - how realistic is that she had sex like 10 times for just a few hours - and didn't sleep? Yeah, they explained that the time was draging etc. but she should've passed out on the third t...more
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