Swallowing Darkness: A Novel by Laurell K. Hamilton

Swallowing Darkness: A Novel

byLaurell K. Hamilton

Kobo ebook | November 4, 2008

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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.





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Title:Swallowing Darkness: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 4, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345509870

ISBN - 13:9780345509871

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Guilty Pleasure I use to read this series in high school. I still enjoy Laurell K Hamilton's work, and the Merry Gentry series is my favorite. This book answered a lot of loose ends and sets up for the next, which I can't wait for.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frost, Doyal, Sholto & Mistral This one is full surprises. Goddess and Consort still at play. As always Merry is in danger. King Taranis truly has flipped his lid. If their was a Looney bin for the Sidhe he should be the first to be admitted. You would not believe the sit he pulled and did. Doyal-Darkness has many assassination attempts on him and they come close. Not just attempts on Doyal but also Sholto and Mistral. Merry loses someone dear to her and we have an epic battle to end all epic battles. And Merry is no longer as forgiving as she once was. ` " On the life of my grandmother, I swear vengeance this night. I call Kin Slayer against Cair`" - Merry Yes, Merry's had enough. This book starts out in L.A. then we are in Faerie and then back in L.A.. This book gives you everything you have come to love about the Merry series. So worth the read
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome, as always!! Loved that they were able to save Frost & finally kill Cel... Great ending, can't wait for the birth.
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As good as to be expected I bought this book a week ago. Nearing the end. All I can say is.. "I just can't put it down." I have the next book in the series so looking forward to reading it. Laurell k. Hamilton is a fantastic, talented novelist and when her next book is released I will read that one too. Enjoy!
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Best of the Series (with a disclaimer*) * I have to start by saying I'm not a huge fan of this particular series by Hamilton (although I LOVE the Anita Blake series). The original premise, a mortal faery princess living in exile working as a detective sounded promising. Too bad that storyline never actually occurred. Instead the story gets totally hijacked by Meredith's trip back to the faery and the previous books all were a little too 'out there' (and that's saying something) with not enough plot and too much sex (never thought I would say THAT). I found myself reading one book after the next, each time thinking that the story had to gain some momentum and actual plot. Finally, it got to the point where I'd come to read these books mostly as an exercise in self-punishment - just kidding - actually it was more that I just had to see it through to the end. So, now you have some context for when I say that this is the best book of the series. With only about 25 pages of the 365 page novel taken up with sex, surprisingly, this book actually has more of a plot. Picking up where the last book, Lick of Frost, left off, Meredith finds herself in the hospital after being raped by her Uncle, the King 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. But nothing in Faery is that easy, and Merry’s treacherous cousin (and rival for the throne) Cel has a final trick up his sleeve. He refuses to be graceful in his defeat. And despite his cruelty and the fact that HE'S TOTALLY INSANE, many among the Unseelie Sidhe would prefer his leadership to that of a mixed-blood mortal. And so the insanity ensues. There is a singularly bloody battle where magic and mind-bending glamour abound. Traitors are exposed, familiar faces return and the Goddess is not shy of showing which team she supports. The book is a quick read and if you are a fan (which what else could you be if you have already read the five previous books) it will keep you turning pages. Thankfully, this installment ties up some big loose ends that have been hanging around since the beginning. It also sets things up for the next book to occur far away from Faery. Hopefully Hamilton will continue the trend and keep Merry and her band of men in LA and develop this series like it should have been in the first place. I guess I'll have to read Devine Misdemeanors to find out (but like with this book, I'll be waiting for the paperback). 2010-004
Date published: 2010-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An appropriate end to Merry's story I can't say this was my favourite of the Merry Gentry series, but I think that Hamilton did a good job of wrapping up this story arc to bring the series to a close. When you create a series that states a specific goal for the main character, you sort of have to eventually get to that goal one way or the other. The story in this book was a bit more depressing than in past books, because in past books there was always give and take and the books ended with the *possibility* of either a really good or a really bad ending to come in future books. Because this was the climax of the "will Meredith get the crown" question - I won't spoil by saying if she does - that suspense ends with this book. But I liked the development of the Meredith character in this book. She has been very ambivalent about using her power against those who will - and have - tried repeatedly and ruthlessly to kill her up to now. In past books it has usually been others, mainly her guards/lovers, who have saved her while she stood behind them because she didn't want to be ruthless herself unless there was no option. That seemed reasonable at the beginning of the series because she is part human and was raised in the human world. But as the series progressed and Meredith CHOSE to participate in Faerie court life, and compete for the crown I found it increasingly hard to accept that she wouldn't have become at least SOMEWHAT more aggressive and willing to play by the "kill-or-be-killed" rules of the world she was living in. That changed in this book and it made more sense to me for this character. There is also more violence and less sex in this book, which also makes sense given that Merry is now pregnant [that's not a spoiler unless you haven't read the previous book in the series] and the battle for the crown is coming to a pretty intense culmination. I think unless Hamilton wanted to stretch this series out into a very long commitment to future books exploring the intricacies of Faerie Court politics, the way she wrapped up this storyline makes sense. I am looking forward to seeing what Hamilton does with the Meredith story in the next book, which is billed as a continuation of Merry's story but in a completely different direction than this plot has gone in so far. Hopefully, Hamilton has something in mind that will be as engaging as this story has been.
Date published: 2009-12-10