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A Stroke of Midnight (Meredith Gentry Series #4) by Laurell K. Hamilton Paperback
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Too many problems were occurring from magical sex to Demi-Fey coming into their wings. Too many assassination attempts and her men were getting hurt. Merry had so much to do and not enough time for everything. How can she keep everyone safe?
The first book of Hamilton's I read was A Kiss of Shadows. I had accidentally bought it with a handful of the early Anita Blake books so I figured I'd just read it first. I enjoy good erotica and I love a contemporary fantasy just fine so I enjoyed it and the following two installments.
Having recently read Danse Macabre and decided not to continue with Anita, I was hoping Merry would still bring something to the table for me. And indeed in some ways she does. I enjoy the characters in this series very much... but I'm starting to see where Anita's harem of men has become confusing with it's MANY members (pun not intended) suddenly Merry's harem is starting to feel much the same.
I still love Hamilton's ability to create a great "fantasy" world and give it depth. What is starting to concern me is that while Anita has no plot and is all sex, Merry's sex is the plot. In some ways that is okay because she has written the world to work with it... but it sure would be nice to have something other than porn style group sex to read. There's no real passion in it anymore. It all feels forced and perhaps it is just my romanticized ideal but I enjoy an erotic scene much more when the characters are lead up to it with some fiery tension.
On a side note. I am sick and tired of people calling Hamilton's writing erotica. It is NOT erotica. It gives erotica a bad name. It isn't even romance material IMHO. It's not even particularly sexy. As an erotica reader for several years I happened to stumble upon a book a while back about how to write erotic scenes that are good. One of the key elements is not to sound clinical, like a doctor describing how the medical details, or sound like you're giving a sports commentary on a porn film. Which is EXACTLY what I feel like I have read in the last two Hamilton books I've tried.
I'm done with Anita but I'm going to give Merry another try because at least her sex scenes are the plot. LOL
This book is great, definitely one of my favorites! It is very fast paced, lots of action, steamy erotica, and deep character development. I admire the research done to tell the tales of gods and goddesses, and all the faerie history. Highly recommended series and novel!
And the sex is part of the renewal, part of the plot, and something that's been integral from the beginning. Meredith nicEssus, vessel of the Goddess, uses her powers to bring back other lost power to Faerie. Since she's the descendent of five fertility goddesses, it makes sense that those powers manifest sexually. IMO, there's way too much tendency here and elsewhere to regard sex scenes as apart from the plot; sex isn't *allowed* to drive plot except in erotica. Puritanical nonsense.
I'm enjoying this series immensely... I only docked it a start because I think Ms. Hamilton is letting her characters take too much control of her writing- let me explain here: she says that she writes as a dialogue with her characters, more or less... this leads to some unexpected and wonderful surprises, but it kind of takes the pacing out of her control, too. I think she needs to assert a bit more dominance (as it were ;-) in her storytelling.
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So much turmoil and transformation that you have to reread sections to make sure you’ve understood who now has what and why
It’s a favourite read - but not an easy one