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A Stroke of Midnight

(Merry Gentry #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  32,312 ratings  ·  542 reviews
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 faerie has to offer. The Unseelie Court infuses me with its power. But at what price does such magic come? How much of my human side will I have to give up, and how much of the sinister side of faerie wil ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published April 12th 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
Feb 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
oh oh oh, okay so we are going a different direction here.

What I love, What I loath.

Here we go.

What I loath

oh yea I am going to start with the bad news Doc.

So Meryy Gentry is full of angst. Political drama and all around circle talk. I hate it, the political drama okay is a tad intresting to see how LKH sees the world of Gentry. You have so much happening, racism, violence and well just Gah! The Queen, I can not stand her. I know most people can not but for me it has to do with the fact tha
Kathy Davie
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, romance, erotica
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, what would happen to the artifacts, the magic? Wo
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)
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Well, the last one was better.

The story continues much the same way. Like the other books, it has some stuff that are annoying, some inconsistencies that are hard to understand, but I still like the world builder and the plot and even some characters.
All in all, a pretty nice read.
I will say for this series, I do like the underlying plot - it's just the methods to get there are a little over the top.

Faerie is still coming alive under Merry's power, but not everyone is happy about it. What was once the dark Unseelie court is now covered in roses and life - the opposite of what the court stands for. The Queen, even though she has named Merry heir, is not happy. Not only is Merry taking over the court she's also taking away all of her guard. But Merry's still not pregnant a
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I still don’t understand a lot of what’s happening. But I liked this one better than the last one.
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 con
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
Danielle (Danniegurl)

Once again I find myself frustrated with this series. It's good, it has a lot going for it, but LKH has not moved us to the next point of the plot. In the last book it was 2 days before she was required to go to the Seelie court, and in this book it seems to be only 1 day has past but much has happened.

I am annoyed with how the Queen isn't challenged or killed. Why hasn't the goddess decided to speak to her through Merry? Why not tell her to get her ass off the throne or face true death? I'm
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: para-faeries
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 15, 2011 marked it as couldn-t-finish
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
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read, 2019
Merry is racing against time...there has been a murder within the Sithin, one of the Unseelie and a human reporter to be exact. The politics is still there, greater than ever as well as the race to get Merry pregnant before Cel is free from his torture.

It is interesting that some places has this series listed under the horror genre and I would have to agree. There is one particular scene at the end when you may just have to be near a bathroom while you read it just in case you need to 'urp' whi
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
2020 re-read: I'm actually downgrading this a star from my 2011 original read. A Stroke of Midnight drags in so many places and, again, feels way longer than it needs to be. A large portion of the book is made up of recapping things that have happened or already been explained in previous books.

There's something else, too, that I find super weird. Maybe this is a way to write books faster or chunk them up, I don't know. But Hamilton will have the same characters repeat the exact same phrases or
May 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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.

Jul 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
To quote one of my favorite movies "sex sex sex thats all they think about!" (Monty pythons life of brian).
It seems so accurate when speaking about this book and series in general.
This whole trying to get merry pregnant storyline is starting to wear thin. Sex with this one to save them.. sex with that one to form an alliance. Sex sex sex.
I like erotic books but i just got a bit sick of the sex that i started to skip the sexy much as i could anyway.
Aly is so frigging bored
This is like a very bloody and paranormal soap opera combined with porn. I love it!
Gator Girl Eaton
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Ebook library borrowed

Meh. More of the same, in that a whole LOT of dialogue to explain LKH's fairie/fey/sidhe world.
And I'll mention again how utterly laughable it is to me how these "immortal/fantasy" female leads are all "private investigators" and can't seem to figure out crap on their own. And this book tried to get back to that mortal skill of investigating a murder by involving the police/FBI when a fey girl and human man were found dead. Merry's thought, "Oh yeah, humans can get finger
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No words but amazing loved it
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book to this series.. I love how just when you feel like things are normal and you kinda figure it all out. There is anothet huge soin to the story. Keep me hooked... cant wait to start the next book
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Real Rating: 3.5 Stars.

Dear Goddess Danu and all the other sidhe gods, would someone please get Laurell K. Hamilton an editor who will actually stand up to her?

A Stroke of Midnight was an enjoyable read. I would even say, like all of this series except the weaker Caress of Twilight, that it was good. But almost every issue I had with this book that kept me from rating it higher came down to editing. So I am going to structure this review, for variety, in the form of Things An Editor Could Have I
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 fae
Irene Hollimon
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
C.C. Thomas
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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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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