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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 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 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.My thoughts Swallowing Darkness is the seventh book in the Meredith Gentry series by the amazing Laurell K Hamilton.Swallowing Darkness starts with Merry in a human hospital, having just been raped by her uncle and the King of the Seelie court A very emotional and fantastic writen scene, despite the actions in it During this installment our heroine Meredith is newly pregnant with twins And it s crazy but she s fathered by not one, not two, but five of her royal guards plus Sholto the King of the Slaugh I find it harder and harder to decide who I like the most, each male is amazing Merry s treacherous cousin Cel isn t letting Meredith down easy either since he s the rival for the throne Meredith finds it hard because many among the Unseelie Sidhe would prefer Cel s leadership even if it is horrible to that of a mixed blood mortal This installment is full of twists and action It s emotionally charged and amazingly written, like the rest of the series I think this installment is my favorite so far It s a toss between this one and A lick of Frost Swallowing Darkness is heart wrenching and full of face paced and lusty scenes I m a huge fan of this series and cannot wait for Divine Misdemeanors If you haven t read this series, I highly recommend you do Ponder if you will for a moment these things 1 The vast majority of Laurell K Hamilton s Meredith Gentry series has beensex 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 Ponder if you will for a moment these things 1 The vast majority of Laurell K Hamilton s Meredith Gentry series has beensex 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, and though Meredith starts, um, doing what s necessary to bring about the title of the novel, it never actually happens They get interrupted by Sholto, king of the sluagh offering one of his tentacles to, um, pleasure her I said the only thing I could think of when a man offers me oral sex I held my hand out toward him and said Yesand the fact that the other man in the room, Mistral, takes this moment to admit that he was once a death god The only other sex scene in the entire book I know I too was surprised at the restraint Ms Hamilton showed this time around did end with half of the title coming true It just wasn t her Darkness, however In order to bring them their due power, Merry, um,joins simultaneously with goblin twins Ash and Holly Ash is doing things the, um, normal way, while his twin is changing the title of the book to Swallowing Holly I wonder if that was a publishing typo Hmmm Yes, the above paragraph may be a little raunchy for a book review, but if you re reading a review of any of these books, you re not above it and you can t fool me into thinking that you are With only 25 of the 365 page novel taken up with sex, there is actually a semi plot to be found here I was quite surprised since I d come to read these books mostly as an exercise in self punishment Picking up where the last book Lick of Frost left off, Meredith finds herself in the hospital after being raped by her Uncle, King Taranis of the Seelie Court, finally pregnant with twins each baby has three genetic fathers Based on an earlier promise, Merry is now within her rights to claim the crown as Queen of the Unseelie Court Nothing is ever that easy with the fey, however Merry and her band of bodyguards lovers kings father of her unborn children make the decision to leave Faerie and move back to L.A., where they believe they ll be safer from the conspiracies against their lives Ok, ok so I didn t say it was a great plot All I said that there wasplot than sex for once Unfortunately, even with a plot, I didn t like Meredith too much and since the book is written from her perspective, it kind of ruins everything else I found myself feeling very sorry for any of her men that weren t her two favorite Many times those other four feel left out because of her actions and reactions, and yet they ll never be allowed to pursue other women, fey or human Now tell me how that can be fair or right To be fair, that line of thought has nothing to do with the book at all Just a little something that irked me The book reads very quickly and if you ve read the first six you ll probably already have read this one anyways The end of this one wraps almost everything up in a neat little package and one of those despicable epilogue chapters telling you where everyone is and what they re doing This conveniently allows Ms Hamilton to cease writing this series, or the option of creating new monsters and conflicts in the next misnamed book Two stars just because there was actually a plot It s akin to giving points on a test for the child remembering to put his or her name on the top 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 someFuck already Some of her guard have gone without for centuries I d 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 someFuck already Some of her guard have gone without for centuries I doubt they want to have long conversations when they re all naked and horny I know I don t want them to be having long conversations Shut up and have sex Talk later 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 bookthan 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 enjoyof her books in the future.Whil 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 bookthan 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 enjoyof her books in the future.While I enjoyed the book, I only could give it three stars because of the title Swallowing Darkness Seriously Who names a book after the blow job scene In this book she allows the series to move forward, which includes a few major deaths and discoveries I would think that there would be better things to name a book than a dirty pun 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 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.Hamilton proved she could blend multiple genres with A Kiss of Shadows Meredith Gentry, 1 She continues that tradition with this recent title, which has action, adventure, fantasy, romance, lore, death, sex, and a strong, independent heroine The most important aspect of this book is Merry Gentry It is rare to find such an unique woman in a series and still remember her months after reading the books Her strength of character, as well as the strength of her magic, make her a compelling protagonist In addition, Merry has an entourage of male supporting characters who accentuate her nobility and dedication to love Even though there are many that Merry loves and shares herself with, the reader feels the sincerity in the relationship between each person Merry s guards cannot be forgotten because Hamilton has a gift at creating unique men who are kings in their own right.In this specific book, the reader deals with the aftermaths of rape, the early stages of pregnancy, multiple deaths, the wild chase of the hunt, and further development in Merry s relationship with Sholto, Doyle, and the Goblin Twins to name a few individuals Despite the intense issues Merry has to deal with, she remains poised, resolved, and strong No one can break her spirit, and I only wish thatwomen in the real world could be this assured of their self worth The world of faerie that Hamilton creates is one in which the goddess reigns supreme This book ends on a high note as some of Merry s foes from earlier in the series are finally destroyed After all, Merry can only play the diplomat to a point Once the life of her unborn children and lovers are threatened, she plays to kill The book, like most in the series, has an intense pace By the time readers reach the end, they will beg for , especially after Merry s final decision What will be the fate of Merry, her twins and lovers, and the Seelie and Unseelie courts Fans will just have to wait for the next installment of a truly unforgettable and captivating series Divine Misdemeanors A Novel This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Swallowing Darkness is the seventh book in Laurell K Hamilton s Meredith Gentry series, which follows the events in the life of Princess Meredith NicEssus, who has finally beat out her cousin Cel in the race for the Unseelie throne by becoming pregnant with twins However, now she has to contend withassassination attempts and bringpower back to faerie as well as deal with the loss of Frost Yes, loss gets to be put in quotations marks, because I never for one second thought Swallowing Darkness is the seventh book in Laurell K Hamilton s Meredith Gentry series, which follows the events in the life of Princess Meredith NicEssus, who has finally beat out her cousin Cel in the race for the Unseelie throne by becoming pregnant with twins However, now she has to contend withassassination attempts and bringpower back to faerie as well as deal with the loss of Frost Yes, loss gets to be put in quotations marks, because I never for one second thought that Frost was going to remain a stag There are some high points in the novel, namely Merry doing queenly things and acting like a responsible leader She struggles between acting like a queen and stopping in the middle of battle to worry about one of her lovers being wounded, which I thought was nice To be honest, I thought that this novel was the final one in the series We found out who Prince Essus s killer was The issue with Cel and his crazy has beenresolved But apparently this isn t the last novel in the series, and I can t say that I m looking forward to the future novels, mainly because a lot of what was intriguing about the series is over, and we all have left are a lot of what I don t like about it Part of me has faith that LKH will come up with something, but a lot of this series involves the same ingredients just stirred up in different ways Men with angsty pasts Wounded male egos Faerie powers knowledge objects arising at oh so convenient times Merry winning people over with fairness and acceptance Merry constantly talking about her tragic mixed heritage Combine ingredients, bring to boil, reduce heat, and allow to simmer Serve while hot It s just gotten a little old I got through this this book fairly quickly because LKH s writing style flows nicely and is easy to read, and her storytelling is always straightforward, but there was nothing really riveting about it 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 pregnantwith twins no less But instead of becoming softer Merry has had it with her enemies Nobargaining or backing down She will do whatever she needs to protect her mates and her unborn children All I can say isabout time In previous 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 pregnantwith twins no less But instead of becoming softer Merry has had it with her enemies Nobargaining or backing down She will do whatever she needs to protect her mates and her unborn children All I can say isabout time In previous books in this series Merry has been reactive, now she s going proactive and I loved the whole book If you haven t read any of this series, don t start with this book as you ll just end up confused Merry is half fae and if she can survive to give birth, she s the new ruler of the seelie court Her aunt, the current insane ruler, set a challenge between her own son and Merry The first to get pregnant and begat an heir will win the crown Of course, her aunt is a totally insane, bloodthirsty, sexually sadistic monarch whose whim is law And her son is an apple who didn t fall far from the tree So Merry is caught between these two with pretty much no choice but win or die.That s the basic premise of these books, but there is so muchI should certainly warn you that I consider these books erotica as there s a LOT of sex and most of it isn t exactly tame or vanilla But this series is also a really engrossing fantasy talefor adults My only gripe is now I have to wait another year for the next chapter in Merry s life this book was amazing and i would rate it better than the others, no matter what merry is going through or how hard she has it, you still have to feel alottle jealous over all the hunky men she has at her beck and call and you just want to trade places with her, but cant wakt to get strted on the next one xxhappy reading xx 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 muchlike a Queen should act I also didn t feel like I was constantly waiting for all the s t to hit th 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 muchlike a Queen should act I also didn t feel like I was constantly waiting for all the s t to hit the fan More good things happened in this book, to help offset the bad I also felt less hopeless as I was reading this andhopeful something I haven t felt for some time while reading a Merry Gentry book I sure hope this isnt the end of the series I want it to keep going, and going, and going `DOWNLOAD KINDLE ★ Swallowing Darkness ⇨ I am Meredith, princess of faerie, and at long last, I am with child twins, fathered by my royal guard Now I must stay alive to see my children born, as conspirators from every court 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 Those who would defy and destroy me are destined to pay a terrible price To protect what is mine, I will sacrifice anything even if it means waging a battle against my darkest enemies and making the most momentous decision ever made as princess of faerie