Swallowing Darkness

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Swallowing Darkness

Meredith Gentry Series #7

Swallowing Darkness is the 7th book in the Meredith Gentry series and soo much happens in this book. I was shocked by all the twists and turns of the plot and story line. There were a lot of unexpected events a few that were expected…maybe not so soon, like not in this book but perhaps later in another book in the series.
There was a lot of death and violence in Swallowing Darkness. The Merry Gentry series is known for being highly sexual, perhaps even more so than LKH’s Anita Blake series. There wasn’t even a hint of sex until Chapter 16 and even that was stopped before any major sex play started. There may have been a few references of sensuality but for those who really enjoy the addictive and overtly erotic nature of the Merry Gentry books you’ll be sorely disappointed with this one. The little bit of sex that happened wasn’t even with any major players, no Doyle, no Mistral, not even Sholto and obviously not Frost since he’s in stag form. If you are one that complains that the sex in the books has overtaken the plot well you might enjoy this book more that the others in the series.
Swallowing Darkness opens with Merry in the hospital recovering from the rape by her uncle. What a hellish family. She is surrounded by her guards, and a couple of the fathers of her babies (she is carrying twins and each baby has 3 fathers, that makes 6 men total that are the father’s of her babies…complicated). Too bad this isn’t enough to keep her or her family safe.
People die, shit hits the fan, and Merry keeps reawakening the magic of Fairy with the help of the Goddess. Everyone wants a piece of her yet no one seems to really care about her, except for her men. All three houses of Fairy now want her to reign, they want her to come back but she can’t trust anyone.
Will she make it past all this when so many want her, her magic, and possibly want her dead. Cel is after her and his mother will surely take his side. How can Merry make a safe exit?
This book is a quick read, but a bit different than the previous books in the series. Hit or miss, I haven’t quite decided yet, but it’s a LKH book so I loved it either way I just wish there had been more…something…more of the magic I guess that I am used to getting with the Merry stories.

Book Blurb for Swallowing Darkness

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.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2008 4.00