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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
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Published April 12th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
Blue Bates

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)
The Good: Merry and her men continue to be awesome, navigating the deadly political situation they've been thrust into. A murder mystery in the Slithen mixes the world of magic and faerie with the human forensics. I love how everything Merry says or does changes the whole of faerie. Her every action seems to push the plot into a new direction. You never know what the magic may do.

The Bad: The book moves at a quick pace the entire time, except when things get sexy. Those scenes seem to go on at a
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 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.
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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
C.C. Thomas
I wish there were half stars....4 is a bit too high and 3 not nearly high enough. This series always places me in somewhat of a quandary...because, well, it's just weird.

The main character, Merry Gentry, is competing to become queen of a paranormal court of some really killer faeries and other creatures. The competition is between her and her cousin, Cai, who is insane and it is a race to see which of them is the first to become pregnant. With that being said, there is more sex going on in this
Irene Hollimon
This was another re-read. This Tuesday and last brought some many new books that Ive been waiting for I'm not sure to continue on re-reading this series or not. I loved this book. It had so much emotion in it I cried. I remember now why I love this author so much I once said I'd read blurbs on cereal boxes if she wrote them. She wrote one of the Star Trek TNG books and I remember being impressed with her writing even then- but alas she was already into selling Anita Blake that she unfortunately ...more
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
Lyndsey Dow
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
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.

I say as I did in the review for the book following this. I would like to take Mistral out of the book and take his sexy butt home with me. He and Merry have good chemistry and even though he is new to the situation he is HOT.

This book was strange. I thought the murder plot line was poorly constructed. I get maybe she was trying to keep an element of Merry's PI side but it was just strange and didn't even matter to Merry's overall plot line.

It was a good read though besides that one weird, ill-
Mám raději Anitu, prostě je to tak... a jak jsou knihy psány prakticky stejně, tak jsem se s Merry ještě moc nedokázala sžít.
Každopádně příběhově a výstavbou magického světa je to zajímavý zážitek. Hamiltonová pokaždé dokazuje, jak dokonale je schopná vykonstruovat svět, který se v dnešní literatuře může zdát tuctový, ale prostě není... je jedinčný. Jenže i tady autorka dokazuje, že má nejspíš trauma z dětství nebo nevím (o tom si popovídáme, až dočtu tu Anitu :D) a je to tedy onewoman show, kd
Amazing! Nonstop action, marvelous sex, peril, love - again this book has a good mix of action and character to make it more rounded as a novel. I do have to admit that among such action it is hard to pick a favorite. The Sithen lives again, changing, growing, becoming what it had lost. The God and Goddess are granting and guiding much for Merry and our band of sidhe. Our coming of power with Mistral was both powerful and exciting, as well as possibly dangerous. Sex is dangerous in the Sithen, p ...more
This, to me, is one of the most powerful books in this series. The way that Hamilton writes the tale is masterful and when you reach the end and realize what has passed, you have to stop and say, "Wow." In my Amazon review of this book, I offered a spoiler which I won't here. I will just say that it is amazingly well done and I was thoroughly impressed with the technique she managed to pull off. That said, we are inside the sithen for this tale and we meet a lot more of the Queen's Ravens. We al ...more
The series definitely loses something when Merry stops being a P.I. but I suppose it's too close to the author's other crime-fighting heroine. We were given a teaser in the form of the two murders in the sithen, but sadly they are pretty much ignored for the subjects Hamilton truly likes to write about: sex and how pretty everyone is. Under the cover of bringing magic back to faery as Anita's ('Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter' - more vamp, less hunt) is the ardeur, the series should really be re-cla ...more
Much like its predecessors, this Merry Gentry book features a press conference, several sex scenes, some political intrigue, several more sex scenes, and the occasional sudden outbreak of brutal violence. The female gaze and a general absurdity remain firmly in control of the narrative. I continue to enjoy this series, as the books are fun to mock but also have parts that I genuinely like. (Usually the violent bits; I have more sympathy for Queen Andais than I think the book intends. Although sh ...more
Lianne Bodenstaff
This is getting ridiculous. I have never had a problem with Hamilton's writing, in fact, I decided to read the Merry books because of my love of the Anita Blake novels. But at least in (most of) the Anita novels the sex scenes were at least reasonably well timed. Logically timed. What bothered me in this book was the fact that Merry spends several chapters moaning and bitching about the aging and contamination of the crime scene and then proceeds to have sex practically on top of it. And though ...more
Back to a less than fervent 4 - more of a 3.6 stars.

Pluses - I liked the additional power gains and goddess endowments (out of the gutter you dirty minded readers!). I liked the bit of crime plot and the thought that modern forensics might better magical aids. I love Doyle. I love Rhys. I love Kitto. I might grow to love Adair. I'm pleased for Nicca and Biddy (though what kind of name for a sidhe woman is Biddy?)
Negatives - I loathe Frost more and more in this series. I did not like the additio
The Meredith Gentry series is, essentially, a series of erotica or soft-to-medium core porn, depending on your definitions. It is far better than most such books, because it actually has an interesting plot and excellent characterizations, and is well and competently written, but if you have no taste for a book with a great deal of graphic descriptions of sex, you'll want to stay clear of this whole series. On the other hand, if the concept of a truly well-written set of stories that include a g ...more
Petra Machová
Ok, nebyl to zrovna můj šálek kávy. Takové porno ve fantasy hávu. Ale jakmile se to dostalo k nějakému ději, byl vcelu zajímavý a četlo se to rychleji než třetí díl. Jsem sice mírně znechucena pár věcmi, ale stále mě zajímá, co se stane a kdy se konečně vyostří konflikt s Požehnaným královstvím.

moje recenze zde:
Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
2.5 stars

More sex. More men. Less plot.

All of the nearly 400 pages of this book took place over the course of a single day and night in the Sithen. Was the time running a bit wonky in fairyland? Well, maybe. Doesn't change the fact that all of the nearly 400 pages of this book took place over the course of a single day and night in the Sithen.

Why did I agree to review A Shiver of Light, again?
~*~Book Description~*~

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
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis ...more
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