To some I am Meredith Gentry, P.I. To others I am Princess Merry, heir to the throne of Faerie. And there are those who whisper that I am both of these and more. My aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness, no long distracted by her sadistic pastimes, now focusses unwaveringly on me. I spend each night with my immortal guards, but still no child has come of our decadent pleasures. But something IS happening to me. I appear to have awakened a force that's lain dormant for thousands of years and I haven't the damndest idea how or why... It all began with the chalice. I dreamed it, and there it was - cool and hard - when I awoke. My guards know this ancient relic well - its disappearance so many ages ago stripped them of their vital powers. And here it is with us now. My touch resonates with its force. A strange, dazzling magic now courses through my half-mortal half-Sidhe body. But while my guards cherish me for this unexpected gift, there are those who loathe me for it and would rather the Unseelie court suffer than have it ruled over by me, a mongrel queen. My enemies grow in number every day. If only they knew what I am capable of. But come to that, if only I did too. This is the world of Meredith Gentry, a twilight world of gods, shapeshifters and immortal souls, a world full of sensuality, wild magic, treacherous deceits and latent powers about to be unleashed...
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 with her family.
Oh God, every time I read one of these I want to hit myself for the first chapter or three. "Why, Colleen? *smack* Why are you spending time on trashy supernatural romance? It's not even that well-written! *smack* There's no real thought to plot pacing... They just paused during sex to have 5 pages of exposition, and they just paused in their murder investigation to have four chapters of sex!" *smacksmack SMACK*
And then I succeed in turning my brain off and drink in a guilty mix of Mary Sue-esque magic, romance novel, and mongrel mythology.
I can't really tell you what happens in this book. The climax of it is a bunch of court scenes where Psycho Aunt/Queen to the protagonist goes on a gore-spree for a chapter and then they enact some revenge porn on the Court immediately thereafter. One of the bodyguards nearly dies. The gradual handing-out of gee-whiz powers progresses. It kind of reminds me of Pokemon for Game Boy, actually. There's the occasional gym battles, but in between it's lots of 'you found this random item!' and 'your sexy green guy evolved to sexy green guy with wings/godlike powers/sparklier eyes!'
All of this is by rambling way of explanation for why I'm rereading these things...
I have to say, I love my Faerie Porn. These books aren't good books, we're not talking high literature here. But I enjoy the characters, I enjoy the settings and the sex is good.
I think what I really enjoy is that it's rare to find erotica (especially multiple-partner erotica) that puts the woman in a position of power. Not only is Merry in power over her men, she feels a responsibility for them equal to her elevated status. Oh, there's plenty of using going on. Sex for magic, sex for allies, sex for power, sex for saftey. But, ultimately, no one is used.
I'm looking forward to getting a hold of the next book, I've only read this far in the series before.
The Goddess is communication with Meredith. But She is not a Goddess, She is THE Goddess, impersonation of everything that is female. Just like her Consort is impersonation of everything that is male.
One thing I find absolutely annoying with this whole series, in fact, is that the author keeps reminding us who and what everything and everyone is. You'd think by the third book we would all know it. It kind of goes on par with what P.C. Cast does in the House of Night series. Really ruins the reading experience.
I think this book is where I started to drift off. This is where each book starts only spanning a day or a few hours at most and that's just dragging out this plot. I also think that reading this as I'm older has definitely changed my views of Merry.
So what's going on? Merry is still trying to get pregnant but it's not happening fast enough so her aunt decides to pimp her out some more by assigning more men to her entourage. Here we go again with the too many characters to care about. This is where we start losing the men as individuals and they just all become part of the herd. With so many characters, personalities get lost and so do my feelings. I will never understand why Hamilton just throws mass characters at us every book and then expects us to care what happens to them. You need to develop characters before readers will care!
I will say that I liked watching Merry settle more into her power and I also liked watching how her power affected the others and the faerie lands. The magic and the history of the lands is very fascinating and seeing how it reacts to Merry and what this means keeps me reading. I also want the showdown between her and Cel - and how her visit to the Seelie Court goes. I know that I've read 8 out of the 9 books, but I really don't remember much - just that everything drags.
I just wish that Merry's sexuality was something she chose to use and not something to be used against her. She's basically a bonefide sperm bank who's being pimped out to the court for the queens pleasure. And that gets a little frustrating to read.
Third in the Meredith Gentry urban fantasy series revolving around an American faerie princess juggling a harem of men against the evil machinations of the vicious Unseelie queen.
My Take This story takes half the fun out of being a faerie princess, although that harem of hers puts a lot of fun back in! Still, very little of it is fun and games. It’s mostly all games. Games of politics and manipulation as Merry and her Merry Men attempt to placate paparazzi, Queen Andais, the goblins, the demi-fey, and even her hostess as they hunt for the traitors amongst them.
They’re all still living in Maeve Reed’s home, and although Gordon has died, he will live on as a result of events in A Caress of Twilight, 2.
There’s a great deal more on the weirdings and their effects on fae power, and why some fae chose to come to America instead of buy a house in a European suburb.
The Story It’s all a show: for the paparazzi, for Kurag, and for the Unseelie Court.
Merry and her men need peace from the paparazzi while Merry needs a longer alliance with Kurag. The real test, however, will be the Yule season, and Merry must attend the Unseelie queen and counter the Seelie king.
It’s too bad that so few are feeling the joy of this holiday season with one assassin after another. Nor are they all directed at Merry.
The Characters Princess Meredith NicEssus, Princess of flesh and blood, is coheir to the throne of the Unseelie Court—heir if she becomes pregnant before her insane cousin. She’s also part human and part brownie, a mix the pure fae despise. Her father, an Unseelie brother to Andais, Prince Essus, was murdered years ago; her mother, Besaba, is Seelie Court; you’ll understand how she hates her daughter when you realize that Seelie fae refer to Merry as Besaba’s Bane.
Merry’s Merry Men include: Doyle is/was the Queen’s Darkness, her assassin for the past 1,000 years. Now he belongs to Merry, the captain of her guards, and he carries Báinidhe Dub, Black Madness, along with the daggers, Snick and Snack. The one-eyed Rhys was a major death god, the Lord of Death, as well as the gwynfor, the white lord, before he lost so much in that last great weirding magic and was tossed out of the Seelie Court. Frost, the Killing Frost, is cold in manner, defrosting only in bed. Kitto is a snake goblin---full sidhe now---and a symbol of the alliance Merry has with Kurag. Galen, the politically naive Green Man, is the fae Merry grew up with, her first love. Nicca is so gentle with his butterfly tattoo.
Maeve Reed, a major film star, is a fae exiled from the Seelie Court for daring to tell Taranis the truth. Only her tremendous desire for a child brought her out of hiding to contact Merry.
Queen Andais, the Queen of Air and Darkness, the dark goddess of battle, is Merry’s aunt, reigning monarch of the Unseelie Court with its reputation for bad. She wields Mortal Dread, a sword that can bring true death to any sidhe. Owain was the queen’s one true love. Eamon is her current consort. The Hall of Mortality is where Ezekiel the torturer works. Mistral is her new captain of the guard; Whisper is his second. Prince Cel is her insanely psychopathic son currently enduring a six-month prison sentence for his deeds in A Kiss of Shadows, 1. Madeline Phelps is the publicist for the Court. Fflur is the queen’s healer. Tyler is the queen’s current human toy.
Barinthus is a former sea god and had been Prince Essus’ best friend and chief adviser. He’s cared about Merry since her birth and is her friend.
Guards whom Andais sends to Merry include plant or vegetable deities: Abeloec, a drunken addict, was once the greatest libertine of the Seelie Court. Carrow was one of the great hunters, and he taught Merry the ways of bird and beast. Amatheon’s presence makes Merry truly unhappy as he was one of those who tortured Merry as a child. He still hates her mongrel blood, but was tortured into accepting. Onilwyn is another of Cel’s bootlicking toadies. Usna is grace personified thanks to his cat heritage. Ivi, Hawthorne, Adair who resisted longest, and Briac are also sent.
Nuline was one of Cel’s royal guards. Afagdu; Nerys; Miniver; Maelgwyn is the wolf lord, able to change shape into a wolf; and, Ruarc are the heads of their own houses.
King Taranis is the King of Light and Illusion of the Seelie Court. The humans don’t realize how very bad it is.
Kurag is king of the Goblins; Creeda is his nasty Goblin Queen. What a piece of work she is!Holly and Ash are half-breed Goblin-sidhe twins; feared among the Goblins. Ash wants more power while Holly wants nothing to do with it. Siun is another sidhe-fae, truly disgusting in appearance and mind. She was Kitto’s “protector” for centuries. Nor does Rhys have fond memories. Jonty leads the Red Caps, shock troops for the goblins; Kongar is one of the Red Caps who loses control.
Queen Niceven rules the demi-fey, Queen Andais’ spies. Now she is also allied with Merry through Sage.
Sholto is King of the Sluagh, Lord of That Which Passes Between, Lord of Shadows, and merits a throne of his own in the Unseelie Court. He’s half-sidhe and half-nightflyer and desperately wants to make love with a sidhe.
Major Walters is the fae liaison between the Courts and the police. Barry Jenkins is the journalist who has hounded Merry from the time of her father’s death.
Trullups are goblin half-breeds who cannot protect themselves and have no other skills to offer. The sithen is the faerie mounds, the hollow hills where the fae live.
The Cover The cover is tinted in green as Merry clasps the shoulder of one of her guards, his shirt open and exposing his chest, a quarter moon charm piercing his nipple.
The title is all about the glow of Merry’s body during sex, and her men are Seduced by Moonlight.
Mary Has Graduated From Graciously Lying on Her Back to Joyously Bobbing on Her Knees.........
I was enjoying this book until about page 130, when Merry had the great transformation. I simply do not get it. Does Laurell not like Merry's character? Why on earth would she make Merry THE PRINCESS, soon to be queen a huge sperm bank? At one point, Merry is so upset of being deprived the opportunity of swallowing seed, instead of all the men's seed always being used to try and get her pregnant. For goddess sake, it was almost like Merry was swishing it around in her mouth like fine wine.
If Merry is the one to be worshiped, especially now that she is a goddess; then why aren't the men worshiping her? The guards are not kings, why aren't they on their knees and putting out to Merry? Why is the princess doing all the menial labor with such shameless eagerness, like the men are doing her a favor by letting her taste? Perhaps if Merry were at least on equal footing between her and her men sexually, I wouldn't be this disgusted. Don't get me wrong, I love reading demented books as much as the next gal but having Merry anxious to please everyone like a love starved puppy is demeaning.
Relationships are give and take. Just because someone is eager to be used as a Hoover vacuum doesn't make it right. I've never been so conflicted with a series. The fantasy in this series is phenomenal and like no other. The last 100 pages of this book were so good; I was riveted to each word. However, the sex is just goddess awful and they last for pages upon pages; it's not easy to just skip them. I'm so disgusted with Merry's sex life but I love Merry's character when she isn't draped or drowning in men (and women).
I hate myself for saying this but I will read the next book in this series, Stroke of Midnight because sadly enough, I can't wait to see what happens next with the fantasy portion of this series.
I also recommend: Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, Book 1) Personal Demons Full Moon Rising (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 1) Seduced by Magic (Magic Series, Book 2) Night Huntress (Sisters of the Moon, Book 5)
****Addendum 12/28/09- After giving it much thought, I don't think I can continue reading this series. In fact, I don't think I'll be reading anything from Laurell again in the future. I can no longer respect Merry's character; I feel she is being humiliated by having her sleep with anyone and everyone who crosses her path. I read books mostly for entertainment purposes and seeing the demeaned and abused treatment of Merry's character, the story stops being enjoyable and fun to me.
I really like this series, I really really do! But I still can't give it more than 3stars... There are some inconsistencies, some stuff I don't really understand and some reactions that are a bit out of place. But I like that she's a badass, I love how she protects her people, but most of all I like that the story keeps me hooked up. So continue the series, it's a really nice book!
I still have no fucking clue what’s going on.. after 3 books I’m still at a loss. I understand the basics. But for the most part I’m just like wtf just happened. All the characters are moody AF. Also Merry explains every single thing she does in way too much detail.
Yanii puan konusunda biraz kararsızım. Bir yere kadar çok sıkıldım ama bir kısımdan da baya keyif aldım. Neyseee seriye devam ediyorum. Zaten işin aslı arka arkaya okumazsam asla okunmaz bu seri. Zilyon tane olay milyon tane karakter var hepsi de ön planda bu adamların. Adını, türünü, gücünü aklımda tutayım derken nevrim dönüyor. Ara vermeden diğer kitapla devam ediyorum.
Okay so I was bumping between 4.5 stars and 5 stars.
I love the way Merry insists on keeping "her" men safe. Even ones who all but betrayed her. This makes me love her in so many ways. This book wasn't confusing there were some parts that irritated me. The circle talking got on my nerves at points but in the end it was a good book. It tugged at the heart strings and of course her harem grew more. I am hoping she riddles it down a bit soon. I like reverse Harems but I can't stand when they get to big to the point of obscene. I know Doyal will stay with Killing Frost that makes me happy. I wonder who her end harem is going to be. I am not a big fan of Nicca's he seems not of the same mindset as the others. Rhy' s is fun, Galen tends to be too sweet. I like how Kitto is gaining confidence. That is something to behold.
Minstrel now I just can't wait for his story and I quickly fell in love with Adair. When he needed her she was there. I love how the men looked out for each other. Yes there is jealousies but that to me fae or not that is to be expected. They rally each other when needed tho and that I think is what Merry needs to look strong.
Can't do a review. I got about 30 pages in and just discovered I was totally disinterested in the series. Liked the first two books just fine but couldn't get even a little bit motivated to carry on this book. Could be a great little book but movin' on. Not giving any stars since I didn't get far enough.
Halfway through Seduced by Moonlight, I almost decided to drop it, and by extension, its series. But sometimes books work out despite a rough start. Or even, sometimes, despite a rough start and a pointless, flabby middle.
The first 200 pages of this 400-page book take place in Maeve's guest house and in Merry's bedroom. For a bunch of people who are reborn nature deities, these fae spend an awful lot of time cooped up indoors.
A teleconference with the goblin king, and an attack that occurs during it, lends some excitement to the initial chapters. After that, the next plot piece involves a chalice that materializes out of nowhere in Merry's bed. You may (or you may not, especially if you've read any of these books) be shocked to find out that this chalice is an incredibly powerful magical goddess' artifact that acts as a sort of amplifier for Merry's already ludicrous abilities to renew her suitors' magical powers and godhead through sex.
This chalice is a Deus Sex Machina, if you will. (drumroll)
And if an amazingly powerful goddess' artifact shows up in your bedroom, of course you've got to discuss its ramifications at great and tedious length over dozens of pages. This is where I nearly dropped the novel.
I kept at it, though, and the last hundred pages or so were fairly cool, full of fae intrigue and brutal combat that leaves the floors and Merry quite literally coated with blood. Along the way to meeting Andais, Merry gains not one, not two, but eleven more suitors. Wow. Who's going to cook and do laundry for these guys?
I enjoy this series quite a bit when it embraces its absurdity, dials everything up to eleven. Even though I'm usually a squeamish sort, the bloody parts were so over-the-top they didn't gross me out at all. Merry now has two magical doodads that enhance her magical sex powers (the chalice, and a ring that Andais demands Merry wear to her realm), and I wonder if she'll eventually need a tour bus and supply train to transport all her lovers and accumulation of magical artifacts.
That said, the sex scenes themselves feel kind of reticent or passionless, lacking in romance. Merry herself expresses some unhappiness that her men won't do anything beyond copulative sex, since their bid for kingship depends entirely on making a baby with her. There's some potential for pathos there that's brought up and then dismissed. Anyhow, if that isn't explored, there's the hope that the sex scenes will eventually reach the same overblown level that the violence and video game-style magical power-ups do.
It's pretty obvious that Merry is being set up as the savior of her people, a source of renewed fertility and hope. As awkwardly as it's brought across, at times, I like the idea. Unfortunately, I can't expect more from Hamilton than what she's providing here: occasional awesome battles or decently-rendered emotion in the middle of a sea of repetitive, claustrophobic guff. First 300 pages: 1 1/2 stars, and that's being generous. Last 100 pages: 3 stars, for a grand total of 2.
Will I continue with this series? Yeah, I will, curse my eyes.
I'm a bit annoyed by this book. The ending of this one didn't leave me satisfied there are way too many things left to do. A couple are cementing the alliance with a couple of the different groups, through sex of course. Then there is having to go to the feast, ball or what have you for light and illusion. This should have been accomplished in this book as it was part of this plot line, but no sounds like it's going to be its own book which would lead me to believe that there will be problems there.
This one was crazy, but I've noticed quite a few similarities between Anita's books and Merry's it could be because LKH is the author, so I'm sure that's the reason. There is a part where Merry talks about going down on a man, and if any of you have read Anita you know exactly what I mean because she mentions it about Jean Claude quite a bit. Well turns out Merry likes that too so in turn I have now learned that perhaps it is LKH's kick too. I mean it's mentioned enough. Anyways that kind of is annoying because while the characters may have similarities they do have different voices. Still it's difficult not to compare and expect their tastes to be completely different and that's why I am annoyed by this as well.
In the overall story though LKH she likes to rehash for paragraphs upon paragraphs and pages upon pages. She likes to remind us of things that we were reminded of earlier in the book that we don't really need to be reminded of. I have learned that during these parts we need to skim, or skip. I also find myself wanting WAYYYY more dialogue in this series. There is far more dialogue in Anita, but in Merry due to the politics there is less, and I'm not a huge fan of internalizing, description and such I want interaction. I want to see where this is going. I thought I was going to take a break after this book, but due to the events not coming through completely I must go onto the next one.
Buckle up cause this book is CRAZY! Also I'm soooooo not a fan of
Still entertaining, but the series is beginning to suffer from writing that is okay but not great. Hamilton has odd pacing, and perhaps an odd sense of the passage of time as conversations unfold. She keeps us constantly dialed in for what seems to be about 12 hours of of nearly straight action (or sometimes semi-action that you wonder if it's really that important to witness), then suddenly jumps forward, glossing over a few hours that do seem like they might have been important. I also have this lurking feeling that she has consistency issues with the timeline of the backstory. I hope that somewhere, she has a big chart to keep track of it all, but after three books, I don't feel like she does. The last thing that bothers me is the imbalance growing between the main character, Merry, and everyone else. I can't help but feel there is something wrong and kind of annoying when the literally thousands of years of collective wisdom and life experience of, on average, 7 immortal characters are constantly being bested by just one 30 year old woman. Girl power is fine by me, but to this extent, it just seems silly. Maybe Merry is the savior of her people, but I don't much like to think that no one has any value beyond their miliatary prowess anymore.
This was a let down from the other two stories in the series. In the two previous books there was actual plot. This one is just a lot of explaining about the laws of the Faerie Kind and then lots of sex but nothing else. I kept turning the pages waiting for forward story movement. And there was nothing. And Merry's life arc is coming perilously close to Anita's as she takes more people under her wing each book and gains bright new and shiny powers each book.
Fine we know the Fey are very open about sex. I don't care about sex. Let everyone have sex! Just also let there be some kind of story that makes it worth my while. Where's Cel? Isn't Merry a detective? Why doesn't she solve cases? There was so much good set up in the previous books that this one sadly wastes.
The first several novels in the Anita Blake series are great. Funny, scary, a touch gory and a touch sexy. As you read each book, you can really see the character development as Anita becomes more sure of herself and more comfortable with the "monsters". However, some the later books have deteriorated into little more than soft porn for women. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
However, I feel it cheapens the series, which features a great role model in Anita as a women who has accepted that her life works the way it is and makes her happy, even it is not what the rest of the world thinks is normal. She is strong, independent, and accepting of her sexuality.
The Good: The chalice appears and boosts the series into overdrive. The power the chalice can give or return to a Sidhe significantly raises the stakes for Merry and is the stat of a long-running subplot in the series. Seduced by Moonlight is when things change in the series, when the pace of the books increases greatly. Now, not only does Merry have to get pregnant to gain the throne and protect herself from Cel, she also has to act as the vessel of the goddess to bring all of faerie back into their rightful power. As more and more danger is thrown in Merry's path, the sexy times ramp up to secure her rise to power. These books are almost impossible to put down.
Jelikož jsem poslední Anitě dala 3*, tomuhle musím dát o * míň.
Musím to prostě porovnávat s Anitou. Jestli v posledních dílech Anity to je jenom o tom koho si vezme do postele, tak tady je to tak od začátku. Aspoň Merry z toho nemá výčitky, to je tak jediné pozitivní.
Celkově spousta postav se dá porovnat. Frost mi místy připomíná Richarda. Pak Nicco je jako Nathaniel atd... Těch podobností je tam mnohem víc. Celkově mě tenhle díl zklamal. K čemu byl? Do postele jí přibylo pár milenců, udělala pár zázraků, všichni ji chtějí zabít... Haleluja! A to za jak dlouho? 2 dny... aha :D
I have a relationship with these books like I have with Marmite, I am not entirely sure if I like them, they are getting better but.....
Ok what I love the characters are amazing with so many different sides, also considering there is a fair few the author lets you get to know each and everyone and writes them beautifully, I also have to point out that Merry Gentry and Anita Blake are some of the best female characters I have read, both by this Author.
the descriptions of places people interactions and responses are so beautiful and believable.
When we do get the magic I love it!
What I didn't love... The barely there plot, this book is not by any means a quickie but all that happened is, Merry again mirror talks with Goblin king, frets about upcoming visit to the seelie court, has sex and visits her aunt where she and her aunt are both nearly assassinated. The rest of the book is filled with a lot of ways to try and lie without actually lying and strike deals.... I was so confused buy the end of what member of the court has taken what bodily fluid from what sidhe and who owes what?
Also I don't like how the sex feels mechanical and is later dissected and pulled apart and discussed.....
I will carry on as the parts I liked I loved...
Like I said, this is a marmite book...... I keep eating out of pure curiosity too see if i actually like it or not....
I do find the actual plot interesting, when there is no sex, and it has to do with the Fae's politics.
The porn is both boring and squicky (for some at least. I mean Merry makes out with her Aunt Anadais, but LKH states over and over that the Faes sexual taboos are different than humans'. There are also lots of different humanoid creature sex).
There was also some gay-for-play f/f, but there was too much male gaze before and after for my liking. YKINMK and I'm okay with it, but I like my femmeslash without male gaze, or as little as possible. Since Merry and the other woman are straight this will not go on the glbt bookshelf.
All Merry's harem are pretty similar and have all the same penis size (huge). It's amusing to me.
It's not that I have a problem with sex and/or porn in general, I just don't like copy and paste porn. It gets boring. Porn should never get boring.
Merry keeps developing more powers for herself, her harem, and a few special people. I keep wondering when Merry will level up and evolve. /Pokemon reference
Also the development of these powers are connected to sex and/or rough kinky acts.
Queen Anadais continues to be badass, evil, twisted, and a BAMF. I think I am developing a fictional character crush. I need to find fanfic. Lol
i have to admit this wasn't my fav. it got better at the end when Merry and the guys went back to faerie. i would've liked more of that in the story than just in the end. i'm anxious to see if Merry is immortal now. i think so. she would need to be to survive in faerie. everybody is trying to kill her or wouldn't help if someone was attempting to kill her. and i just love Doyle! he's starting to really show some emotions (to Merry). and i think i'll be soft on Adair. he reminds me of Nate (fav) in the Anita Blake series with his vulnerability, but he's also got some fighting skills. oh yeah, the scene with Merry healing all the guys was awesome. i was afraid for Rhys cause he almost lost his remaining eye. he's also a fav of mine so i wouldn't want that to happen to him. i'm also ready for Andais to die already. she seems so unfit to be queen. Merry would definitely be better.
Reread 3 - 20 - 2019 Pretty good on the reread. The magic really gets going in this one. I like Merry and her men. 4.5 stars.
Reread November 27th, 2019 This one is where the magic and the goddess stuff really starts getting good, and it's always interesting to reread it, and pick up more details about each of the characters, and the significance of what's happening. It's one of my favorites because of that. I hope Frost gets sorted out soon. He's always annoying around this point. 4.5 stars.
I gave this one 3 stars because there was too much minutiae and not enough action. I found myself skimming some of the narrative to get to the good parts. I still really like this series and hope it picks back up in the next book.