Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry, #7)” as Want to Read:
Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry, #7)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Swallowing Darkness (Merry Gentry #7)

by
4.13  ·  Rating details ·  26,067 Ratings  ·  712 Reviews
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 hei
...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published November 5th 2009 by Bantam (first published November 4th 2008)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Heather
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Lori
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009, fantasy
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
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
Stefanie
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
...more
Ashley
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Adrianna
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Natasha
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-faeries
The Good: Another painful book for Merry. Another book where she proves she's strong enough to handle all that is thrown at here, even when she doesn't always believe in herself. A huge amount of action in a relatively short period of time means the book is extremely fast paced. Now down time, no opportunity to emotionally deal with all that's being thrown at us. Hamilton is on a role with consistent plot progression in the last few books and Swallowing Darkness takes us into some very unexpecte ...more
Rosalind M
Nov 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Trisha
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Marian
Dec 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, readit
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Elyzia
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly
This book closes out the story arc that's been driving the series since book 1. Merry is pregnant. According to the rules her Aunt set down for her, she will become Queen of the Unseelie Court. Only, Merry's cousin isn't taking too kindly to having his birthright ripped away from him and will try to do anything to stop her. Throughout the series, Merry has been trying to find a way to keep herself safe from the warring factions in both the Unseelie and the Seelie Courts. She's invoked the nearly ...more
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
Buqet
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Melissa
mmm...better, at least there was more plot development than just gratuitous sex.
Anna
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I am genuinely torn about whether this instalment in the Fairy Sex Saga deserves a fourth star. Probably because Stockholm Syndrome results from reading 500 pages of this nonsense within just over 24 hours. In some ways, though, this is the most satisfying of the Merry Gentry books to date. There is some actual resolution to several plotlines and only one (somewhat perfunctory) full sex scene. Merry continues to collect magical powers like free pens, whilst constantly reflecting on her pregnancy ...more
Miss Lily
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
MissM
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
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
Brigid
Nov 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who have given up on Laurell K. Hamilton
Finally! Redemption for Laurell K. Hamilton. I have invested a lot of time into reading both of her series and this one is finally back to where it should be heading. Enough of every other page with mindless s**, she has gotten back to the story, the magic that we are all looking for. Let's see if she can continue with the next book and also spread this into the Anita Blake books. It seems Ms. Hamilton has finally realized she is loosing faithful readers and needs to change her path.
JoAnn
I have plowed through this series faster than any other, and have enjoyed most immensely. This one was definitely my favorite so far, lots of action, lots of love and lots of answers. The only thing I am concerned about is there are two books left in this series yet technically Ms Hamilton could have ended the series after this book if she had felt inclined to do so. This book held a lot of answers we’ve been waiting on in there series, so are the other two books just fluff? Is she going to blow ...more
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Ithlilian
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I read this because I found the series to be entertaining and I wanted to see what happens to the characters. After reading previous books, I got a feeling that this series would never end because each book covers a day or less. I do not like that the main character gets anything she wants. It's like the author is writing her own personal fantasy. The main character gets power after power after power, everyone else gets powers, she brings people back to life, the people that hate her really don' ...more
Racquel
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
Jun 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Scotchneat
I spent most of the time while I was reading this book laughing, and not in a good way.

Without giving away too many plot points, basically, there's a girl who is a faerie princess but she's mostly human and brownie. She's set to inherit the faerie throne except there are many beings who would rather she not.

Her power is sex and she has lots of it, with lots of beings like faeries and weres and even some goblins.

Oh, and she's pregnant with triplets from six different fathers or something.

I know
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Bound to Shadows (Riley Jenson Guardian #8)
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows, #6)
  • Dragon Wytch (Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon, #4)
  • Mona Lisa Blossoming (Monère: Children of the Moon, #2)
  • Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer, #3)
  • Seduced by Magic (Magic, #2)
  • The Devil's Playground (Morgan Kingsley, #5)
  • Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #3)
18,489 followers
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
More about Laurell K. Hamilton

Other books in the series

Merry Gentry (9 books)
  • A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry, #1)
  • A Caress of Twilight (Merry Gentry, #2)
  • Seduced by Moonlight (Merry Gentry, #3)
  • A Stroke of Midnight (Merry Gentry, #4)
  • Mistral's Kiss (Merry Gentry, #5)
  • A Lick of Frost (Merry Gentry, #6)
  • Divine Misdemeanors (Merry Gentry, #8)
  • A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9)

Fantasy & Science Fiction Deals

  • Paradise Lost (The Vampire Diaries; Evensong, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Obsidian Curse (A Stacy Justice Mystery #5)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • A History of Glitter and Blood
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Bloodstone (A Stacy Justice Mystery, #2)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Steeplejack (Steeplejack #1)
    $8.51 $2.99
  • Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Long May She Reign
    $8.99 $1.99
  • The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere, #1)
    $6.99 $1.99
  • The Song of Achilles
    $11.74 $1.99
  • Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Black Elfstone (The Fall of Shannara, #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Minecraft: The Island
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Black Tuesday (Time Patrol)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • The Rogue Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Cloaked in Red
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Warrior's Revenge
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Dust (Jacob's Ladder, #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Fire and Bone (Otherborn, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Pale Queen Rising (Pale Queen, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Emerald Isle (A Stacy Justice Mystery #4)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Elven
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Children of the New World
    $9.99 $3.99
  • The Best of Robert E. Howard: Crimson Shadows (Volume 1)
    $13.99 $2.99
  • The Romeo Catchers (The Casquette Girls #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Graveyard Book, Volume 1
    $8.99 $1.99
  • The Devil in Silver
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Shadow Hunt (Disrupted Magic, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Quantum Thief (The Jean le Flambeur Series, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • Starship Grifters (Rex Nihilo #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Black Heart, Ivory Bones
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • The Novice (Summoner, #1)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • Fields of Fire (Frontlines, #5)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle, #1)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • The Country of Ice Cream Star
    $8.74 $1.99
  • The Cottingley Secret
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Blood Gamble (Disrupted Magic, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)
    $9.99 $2.99
“Marry Gentry Swallowing Darkness (Laurell K. Hamilton):Pick any fairy tale that’s based on older stories, and the heroine of the piece has a miserable, dangerous, nightmarish time of it.” 11 likes
“You cannot miss what you never had, but you can miss forever the man you loved and lost.” 9 likes
More quotes…