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Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry, Bk 7)
Swallowing Darkness - Meredith Gentry, Bk 7
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
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...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780345495945
ISBN-10: 0345495942
Publication Date: 8/25/2009
Pages: 432
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 181 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry, Bk 7) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
I got this book last night after work and read the entire thing in about 3 uninterrupted hours. It was a fabulous book that read more in keeping with the first 2 in the series. There was only 1.5 sex scenes in the book, most of the book dealt with political intrigue, the Goddess, and some great fighting scenes. (Apparently now that Merry is pregnant we won't have to deal with the non-stop sex.)

Merry really starts to get a handle on her powers and accepted the dreaded Hands of Flesh and Blood, especially since she has lost her beloved Frost and has the children to protect. With every attack she faces, Merry becomes more focused, more ruthless and more aware of how her actions affect those who look to her for leadership. She also learns the full power of her powers and how they can be used together to both heal and kill.

Several storylines are tied up, including the one about who killed her father. The story ends with a summary of events that leads us to believe that the next book will start several weeks or months in the future. LKH has stated in her blog that she is under contract for at least 2 more Merry books, I can only hope that the next 2 books are equally as good or better than this one!
reviewed Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry, Bk 7) on + 70 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Fantastic. Hamilton seems to have listened to the outcry of her readers and really brought the storyline back into this book. Some stuff was corny and some just drawn out (filler) but for the most part the incredible imagination that went into this story is what keeps her readers coming back.
reviewed Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry, Bk 7) on + 111 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
At the end of Lick of Frost - we find out that Merry is pregnant, who the fathers are, and what lengths Taranis will go to secure his throne at the Seelie court. This book starts out with Merry in the hospital because of what happened in the last book. The action and drama took a hold at the first page and did not let go. The fighting, political intrigue and the hard decisions that Merry faced in this book were tougher and just kept coming. We see less sex in this book and more fighting...we see the emergence of the Wild Hunt, more Goddess presence, more treachery from Cel, more human interaction with the faerie world and the lengths Merry will go for love and vengeance.

The Merry Gentry series is great and I highly recommend this book!
reviewed Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry, Bk 7) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Overall I felt that Swallowing Darkness (despite the title!) was a refreshing adjustment in direction for this series. The sex scenes that seemed to dominate the last few books were mostly absent, and those that were in this book lacked the exhaustingly florid detail of previous Merry Gentry books. Several long-standing plots were resolved and Merry seemed to actually grow as a character.

Unfortunately the writing is a bit sloppy and keeps the story from 'flowing' smoothly, and the cast of characters is still so large that most seem to be dealt with in only the most cursory way. On the one hand that's bad -- the characters seem very one-dimensional and shallow. On the other however, it could be good -- it leaves me hoping that we'll find out more about those characters as they're fleshed out in future books.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was a great read. It still follows the same outline as the others, but for me it was a better read. I could skip over all of the sex scenes which seem to be pushed down your throat, sometimes too much. Yes--I understand she was trying to get pregnant. But a good writer can elude to those events without giving you detail after detail of the actual act.

I will definitely keep reading this series.
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reviewed Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry, Bk 7) on
I gave this book 5 stars. It is by far my favorite of the series. Merry seems to be much stronger-willed in this book in comparison to other books. It's not only her will that gets stronger, but so are her powers - or her familiarity with them. This book makes me fall more in love with Doyle and Rhys as well. Believe me when I say that if you've read the previous books in the series, this is a must-read. I couldn't put the book down...both times I read it. Yes, I read the series twice, but there was a couple month gap in between this reading and the first, and I'll probably read it again a couple months from now.

This book offers some real closure to the series and you could stop reading the series here and be satisfied although Divine Misdemeanors follows this book.

If you haven't started reading the series, start with the first book and you'll be anxiously awaiting to see if your next book arrived from PBS or you might just go out to the bookstore and buy it if you're impatient (like me).

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