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Swallowing Darkness: A Novel (A Merry Gentry Novel Book 7) Kindle Edition
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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 her son, my cousin Cel, in this race. Now I must stay alive to see my children born and claim my place as queen.
But not all in faerie are pleased with the news, and conspirators from every court in the realm plot against me and mine. They seek to strip my guards, my lovers, from me by poisoned word or cold steel. But I still have supporters, and even friends, among the goblins and the sluagh, who will stand by me.
I am Meredith Nic Essus, and those who would defy and destroy me are destined to pay a terrible price–for I am truly my father’s daughter. To protect what is mine, I will sacrifice anything–even if it means waging a great battle against my darkest enemies and making the most momentous decision ever made as princess of faerie.
“Wild magic and wilder sex.”—Publishers Weekly
“Nearly nonstop action.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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- ASIN : B0015DWLXK
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (October 27, 2008)
- Publication date : October 27, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 642 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 417 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,416 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While that was being investigated she was trying to leave fairy so that no more attacks would happen when her cousin Cel attacked Merry and the National Guard. Merry tried to save many people without hurting others but they were killing her men so she had no choice but to start killing others. Cel confronted Merry and admitted to killing her father and then tried to kill her and everyone around her. She stopped him with her hands of power combined together. Merry left fairy with her men and promised never to return because she did not want to be queen any longer!
This one was better than the last. Full of action, magic, suspense & battles. Not much sex in this one. But sex was had with the most unlikely pair. The sex I wanted to happen never did because of all the darn talking.
There is so much action and battle. I love the faerie world & the descriptions. I enjoyed Merry taking control & taking the lead. Great Vengeance scenes! Merry proves to be no joke. She truly steps up and acts like a queen & a warrior.
The battle scenes are vivid and it keeps you in suspense. The ending was not at all what I expected to happen, but it was a great ending none-the-less. It was great seeing Merry get her vengeance, and in a way, getting her happy ever after.
The scene with Gran in the hospital gets to me every time and when the Wild Hunt rides, I can't help but cheer them on. Hamilton's description of the Hunt is incredibly vivid (and definitely more than a little creepy), and it makes the terror of the Hunt come alive.
A lot of reviews for this book talk about how awful it is and I'm not sure why. There are definitely issues and some of them could have been resolved or dealt with better, but on the whole, the book certainly pushes the plot along. We learn a lot more about Merry's hold on wild magic and what it can become, we see just how far she's willing to go for those she loves, and we see her and Doyle making a huge decision. We also learn who killed Essus and the impact of THAT revelation is pretty far reaching.
Are there things that could be better? Absolutely. This is one of the books that fails in the repetitive category, from repeated titles and other tidbits to repeating plot points that happened earlier as though they didn't happen. Even with that, it's still a great book and it most definitely pushes the series forward. (I've still no idea how anyone could say otherwise.)
I like all of the Merry Gentry books, better even than her Anita Blake books, but this one is my mostest favoritist.
Like, ten whole chapters of nothing but Merry learning how to lead the Wild Hunt, from the things she saw to what she felt. I found it very cool.
Merry finally stops with the emo shtick and grows a pair because she finally realizes her enemies are just fine with the idea that they are in the wrong.
We finally get a good peek at the sidhe court and it was very cool. Sir Hugh is a goober, by the way. Just saying.
We got to see Merry blunder through more creation magic while trying to come to terms with just how much she loves her various husbands.
We get to see more personalities of various sidhe rather than just a list of physical traits.
Spoiler: of course Cel killed Merry's dad. He was the only one who could have. Why was everyone shocked by the fact he ended up being the bad guy in this?
No, the mad queen wasn't in this book much but the little bit of time she was, she spent it doing exactly what she always did: blindly protecting that evil little son of hers even though she knew he was in the wrong.
Laurels K. Hamilton has touched my spirit this time, I am thrilled I came back to her works and you will be too if you give her a chance. Anyone who loves the supernatural world/ fantasy will love this series and I truly hope there is more to come, I can't bare the thought of this being the end I have to know what comes next for all who survived the battle.