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The most recent book, "A Shiver of Light" was published June 3, Meredith NicEssus is a faerie princess turned private investigator in a world where faeries are not only known to the general public, but are also fashionable. She takes on the pseudonym "Merry Gentry" to hide from her family and her past while hiding out in Los Angeles, California as a private investigator at Grey's Detective Agency. Merry, the only Sidhe pronounced "shEE" royal to be born on American soil, fearing the continuous assassination attempts on her life thinly disguised as duels, flees the Unseelie Court in a final act of self-preservation.

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Her glamour the art of magical disguise through illusion is nearly unrivaled at court, and she is able to pass herself off as a human with fey blood. The general tone of the writing is less of an outright fantasy and more of an alternate history. The point of divergence from normal history is not provided, although hints are given about how the faerie history intersects with human history Adolf Hitler , the Irish Potato Famine , and Thomas Jefferson are examples.

In the books, Jefferson gave the Unseelie and Seelie courts asylum after the European courts exiled them—however with the caveat that they could not set themselves up as gods or make war on one another, by doing so they would risk being evicted from US soil. Flash forward to present times. The fey are quite fashionable in the modern United States, and there are many faeriephiles.

That Merry used the name into her thirties is a sign that she is a late bloomer at best, a lesser sidhe at worst. After a child comes into their power, the last name is dropped. Later in the series it is revealed that Meredith is a descendant of fertility deities of both courts.

As of the end of the second book in the series, Merry's titles are Princess of Flesh and Blood ; at the end of the fourth book, The Red And White Goddess is added to her title by demi-fey who gave her the title when her magic gave wings to wingless demi-fey. The series chronicles the return of Meredith to the Unseelie Court by way of an invitation sent by her Aunt Andais, the Queen of Air and Darkness in the form of her right hand, Doyle, also known as The Queen's Darkness.

She is given men from the queen's own guard, her Ravens, to guard her body and fill her bed as heir to the throne, provided she can conceive a child before her cousin, Cel. Later Merry adds to her collection of men first by taking the men offered to her by Queen Andais, as well as forming alliances with the demi-fey, goblins, and Red Caps.

Meredith formed her first alliance with Sholto King of the Sluagh when he is sent to Los Angeles by an unknown man later theorized to be Cel, her cousin. Once there, Sholto uses his guards to track her down. However the hags Sholto's guards and lovers attempt to kill Merry.

Once Sholto convinces Merry to accompany him to his hotel room. They agree to form an alliance which was to be consecrated by Merry having sex with Sholto.

They are interrupted by Nerys The Gray who attempts to kill Merry. However, Merry comes into her first hand of power the Hand of Flesh due to her "shining" moment with Sholto and uses her newly found hand of power on Nerys. She is eventually convinced to kill Nerys with Doyle's killing blade by Doyle and Sholto, because Nerys is immortal and cannot die even if she is turned into an inside-out ball of flesh. The second alliance is formed between Merry and Kurag, King of the Goblins. This occurs when Merry is bled by the roses that line the entrance to the throne room of the Unseelie Court.

She passes out from blood loss and opens her eyes to see one of the goblins drinking from her open wound, to goblins bodily fluids are sacred. She has the goblin detained and bargains with Kurag for a 6-month alliance in return for Merry taking a goblin Kitto into her bed. She deems this acceptable payment for the theft of her blood. Later Merry bargains for an extended alliance of 1 month for each sidhe-sided goblin that she brings into power. Also, Merry brings the Red Caps back to their full original power because she is the only Sidhe who possesses the full Hand of Blood.


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By doing so, the Red Caps owe her their own alliance outside of the one formed between Merry and Kurag. This is struck when Merry bargains for the cure to a curse that the Demi-Fey placed on Galen, under the direction of Cel. She bargains with Niceven for a year alliance during which the demi-fey will spy for Merry in exchange for weekly blood donations by Merry.

This alliance is brought into question later on when Queen Niceven's surrogate, who can become nearly human sized, has sex with Meredith and becomes stuck in his form at the same time, Meredith brings Nicca, one of her lovers, the wings that he should have been born with but instead had become a supernatural tattoo on his back because of this, Queen Niceven sends to Meredith the Demi-Fey that were born without wings in hopes that she will also give them their wings.

These six, therefore, will become her kings if and when she ever takes the throne. She has as of Swallowing Darkness been specifically crowned by Faerie as Sholto's queen as well as Doyle's queen; however, she has made it quite clear that this does not mean she is bound to have either of them as her only king. She has also had metaphysical sex with Barinthus formerly Manannan Mac Lir. In A Shiver of Light , it is in fact revealed to Merry's surprise that she is in fact having triplets, one of her babes was hiding behind her siblings in the womb. Near the end of the same book, Merry was crowned Queen of the Unseelie Court the Crown of Moonlight and Shadows and Doyle was crowned her king with the Crown of Thorn and Silver ; however, when offered a chance by the Goddess, they gave up the Unseelie throne in exchange for Frost's life.

She has also been offered the Seelie throne by certain members of the Seelie court, as their infertile king has gone mad and is no longer fit to rule, but has refused. Merry repeatedly states, both in her own thoughts and to her guards, that she does not believe she would be accepted on either the Seelie or Unseelie thrones because of her mortality and mixed human, brownie, and sidhe blood, and that she would invite certain death for either herself or some of her men by attempting to rule either court. She is surprised that the Sluagh remain loyal to her and refuse to elect another king till Sholto is avenged.

At the end of the book she still remains Queen of the Sluagh, as well as claiming the title of the Queen of Faerie in the westerlands with approval of the Goddess and Consort. Rhy, Kitto and Royal seems to be becoming a bigger role in Merry's life as well. But even said that, Frost and Doyle are still Merry's number one thank goodness! I liked the drama that was between Barinthus, Merry and the rest, and I loved the twists that lead to the revealing of the murderer.

I found this story compelling and exciting. It has romance, mystery, fantasy and action, what's not to love? And after that being said, like most of Hamilton's books I rate this a 5 out of 5! Now just another year wait for the next one.. Mar 24, The Flooze rated it it was ok Shelves: At the end of Swallowing Darkness, I felt LKH had successfully brought closure to what proved to be an intriguing series. I worried a new arc would only dilute the effectiveness of the universe and its characters. I prepped myself for complete disappointment. What held my attention, and will guarantee my continued reading, was the mention of the soldiers Merry saved in SD.

The Goddess has taken an interest in those humans, and I'm compelled to find out where it's all headin At the end of Swallowing Darkness, I felt LKH had successfully brought closure to what proved to be an intriguing series. The Goddess has taken an interest in those humans, and I'm compelled to find out where it's all heading. Having loved the first arc primarily for the courtly drama, I'm also heartened by hints that Merry may be forced to step up her role as leader.

Some unsavory things are happening with the Unseelie nobles, Goblins and Demi-fay, and I can't imagine Merry ignoring them for long. Now, interesting tidbits aside The dialogue is stilted and every conversation sounds like a "who's on first" joke. Ideas as well as whole sentences are repeated over and over--is copy and paste to blame, or did LKH truly forget she used the same phrase 5 pages earlier? And 3 pages before that , and The mystery aspect was merely an add-on, lost amidst all the bickering, recaps, and stupid questions. It served no true purpose other than giving the men a reason to fret.

And did I need two paragraphs on how the sofa was not too big, but not too small? Just sit the hell down, Goldilocks, and stop letting your mind meander down pointless avenues. I won't deny that LKH's universe is filled with dark, creeping places that cry out to me. But I also won't deny she desperately needs an editor to streamline her work. One who can introduce her to a thesaurus and can convince her that once is enough for describing how the blue ankle-length hair undulates with emotion. In short, I like the concepts, but the presentation often leaves much to be desired.

View all 37 comments. Jun 01, Selena Night rated it did not like it. I'm not going to say much about this book cause there was nothing good about it. I did not rush out to buy it on the release date and instead had to bring myself to read it cause I was scared to. I was honestly hoping that the author saved the series in this book but was sorely disappointed. This author Laurell Hamilton and her books is the reason I actually joined Goodreads, cause I was tired of buying her books and being disappointed.

In my opinion this authors writing has been going downhill I'm not going to say much about this book cause there was nothing good about it. In my opinion this authors writing has been going downhill for awhile. Her Anita Blake series is no longer the same one it was in the first 7 or so books. I no longer buy her book settling instead for reading them from the library or in the bookstore.

Here is why I no longer like her books. So many times I am reading along and notice a double word or misspelled word and it bothers me. Not to mention how repetitive she is. I think she copy pastes alot of the lines in her books. She rushes so much through the books anymore. She contradicts herself so many times anymore in the later books from what she says in the earlier ones. She butchers the original characters personality's and changes them to whatever she wants. Honestly I have been severely disappointed with her newer books.

The seem rushed and out of character. Where was that bad ass Anita I used to like and the quick thinking intelligent Merry I read about. Now both characters have been reduced to slow, incompetent, sex maniacs. I would no longer suggest the books to a friend except to warn them or tell them only to read the earlier ones. I personally believe that Laurell Hamilton is a dying author and we won't see much of her in a few years except more broken books.

I really can't figure out the draw to this series. I have read them all and I feel that they are all just kind of mediocre. In hind sight, I might have rated them a little higher than they really deserved--but I will leave the ratings alone. Little imagination there Hamilton What was this book about anyway? I felt that it was pretty anti-climatic. The only reason I keep going is because enqu I really can't figure out the draw to this series. The only reason I keep going is because enquiring minds want to know I get sick of hearing her descriptions of Merry's colorful men-literally--and all their extra bits.

I think I am done with this series. Feb 22, Sally rated it it was amazing. I am adoring this series. The political intrigue, the inclusiveness, the power games and there's real science fiction in it; oh, and the lovely men folk.

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It's a shame this is the last book so far, I'll just have to be patient from now on. Given that I'm currently also reading "The Prince" and the dictatorships in the Middle East are changing shape so rapidly the parallels are fascinating in the series overall as well. Jul 16, Aly is so frigging bored rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 28, Chibineko rated it did not like it. Now I will admit- the last two volumes of this series entertained me enough to give them both 3 stars. I just wish that I'd have found that sort of entertainment here.

The plot of the book was supposed to be Merry attempting to solve a series of murders where the victims are dressed up to mimic pages from a children's book. W Now I will admit- the last two volumes of this series entertained me enough to give them both 3 stars. I was just incredibly bored throughout this entire book. The murder "mystery" is barely looked into. No, I'm not kidding you. And yes, it's as horribly bad as it sounds.

After reading the weak finish, I can't see giving it that many stars. Oh, and if I had to read "spill" or some derivative of it one more time I was going to chuck the book across the room. Which the bookstore wouldn't have appreciated. LKH, get a thesaurus!

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View all 6 comments. Jan 05, Leeanna rated it it was ok. Divine Misdemeanors, by Laurell K. Hamilton I had high hopes at the start of this Merry book - she's back in Los Angeles, back at the Grey Detective Agency, even back on a crime scene. Someone in the city is murdering the demi-fey and posing their bodies after pictures in children's books, and the police want her help before any more fey die.

But that promise quickly degenerates with too much recap of previous events, multiple sex scenes, and a weak ending. Hamilton goes again Meredith Gentry 8: Hamilton goes against sidhe customs introduced in previous novels - now that Merry is pregnant, she shouldn't be sleeping with anyone but the fathers of her babies, but she's still on her back for anyone who wants it. And of course, many of the men do, and we're treated to more magic by sex, including the construction of a new sithen in L. It felt like the men were waiting in the wings for their turn, as it was almost methodical in how most got laid.

Barinthus, one of my favorite characters, goes off the deep end. He fights with Merry, threatens Galen, and becomes a general pain in the ass, without a valid explanation. Nor is this really resolved, just glossed over as other events take prominence. With Merry back at her job from book one, I thought the detective work would be more prominent. Instead it's overpowered by paparazzi issues, sex scenes, and a lackluster ending.

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The crime is solved too neatly, and with a very blah resolution. There were some good funny moments, such as when Hamilton describes some of newer sidhe exiles cooking dinner, but there just weren't enough of them to overcome the rest of the faults. I will say that I enjoyed mostly enjoyed the book on the surface, but the more I thought about it, and the more I read, the less I liked it. Jan 27, Cate rated it it was ok. Meredith Gentry is back in LA working as a private detective, living with an unspecified number of exiles from the Unseelie court, and pregnant with twins.

Someone is killing demi-fey--the small winged creatures humans think of when they think of "fairies"--and arranging the corpses to copy children's book illustrations. Much of this book is perfunctory--less a novel and more a short story padded out with recaps of previous books in the series and re-introductions of the many different character Meredith Gentry is back in LA working as a private detective, living with an unspecified number of exiles from the Unseelie court, and pregnant with twins.

Much of this book is perfunctory--less a novel and more a short story padded out with recaps of previous books in the series and re-introductions of the many different characters. Some new supernatural characters are introduced, including a "Jack-in-Irons" named Uther.

A couple of characters gain new powers from Meredith, and a new sithen is produced magically, disguised as an apartment building, although that development happens entirely off-stage. Meredith faces off against Barinthus, a former sea god who is regaining some of his former strength by living next to the ocean, and who wants to return to Faerie to rule with Meredith through power and fear.

Meredith refuses and makes clear that he has obligations to contribute to the upkeep of the LA exiles. Not worth the purchase price--if you have to read everything by Hamilton, get this from the library, read it at the bookstore, or wait until the inevitable clearance sale lowers the price on this one to under five bucks. Safe to skip--all the developments will be recapped in future novels. Read it with very low expectations, otherwise it's disappointing. Fans can hope that Hamilton is working on something meatier and that this is a contractual obligation; ex-fans can feel justified that Hamilton has run out of ideas.

Dec 27, Stephanie Graves rated it liked it. Not sure what to say about this one, other than I read them pretty much out of habit moreso than anything else. Also, this one isn't as much fairy porn as some of the other installments in the series. In fact, this one almost had something resembling a plot--the downside was that plot was quickly abandoned every time Merry put her detecting-and-crimefighting agenda on hold in order to make the sweet sweet lovin' with one of her harem of men.

Which is too bad, as there were some really Oh, Laurell. Which is too bad, as there were some really interesting plot points that were left completely undeveloped. Merry has a brownie relative that owns a butchershop? Cool, but then we have to go have sex. Demi-fey are being killed ritualistically? Interesting, but now I have to go have sex in the ocean. There's a weird agenda on the part of both Kurag and Niciven? Interesting, but not as interesting as the pet snakegoblin's cock.

Merry's knocked up already. View all 3 comments. Jan 21, Marsha rated it did not like it Shelves: This book is terribly, horribly boring. Hamilton's total inability to weed any of the characters provides a throng that is getting terribly difficult to keep track of Even the sex is boring. The actual mystery was a good one; if more Booooring. The actual mystery was a good one; if more time was spent on it, and not characters being drama-licious and screwing, then this might be a better book. Could anyone actually be anywhere near fearful at the climax scene at the end of the book, considering that Merry has the scariest power of them all?

The climax of the book ends up being an anti-climax; the last few pages serve as a relief that I can put this one down and call it done. Dec 09, Siuane Sadi rated it it was ok.


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I have had the same love-hate relationship with Meredith Gentry ever since Mistral's Kiss. After I read chapter 1 I thought it would be in keeping with the old times, an old crime scene, and some investigations. I should have known better. One of the things I hate about the writing style is that it assumes I am an idiot.

For example, in one sentence Merry uses the term "The Summerland", who anybody with a fair hand of knowing myths knows would be equal to Paradise in terms of fae language. Disregarding that, I thought context clues were enough to point it that way. Hamilton has to have a specific sentence saying: It assumes that one doesn't, or can't think. I think that's the reason why for EVERY new book in this series the author wants to recap everything from book 1.

Another thing I find annoying is the way the author explains away during her sex scenes. I'm not bothered by all of the sex in Meredith Gentry, but I am bothered with the way it is written. It's the conversation in between I can forgive a sentence or two, and yes a lot after the cuddling, but in the middle it's just plain I'd rather that they talk in bed rather than talk while at sex. And though the author tries her hand at BDSM it feels like she's done all research at it, but hasn't actually seen how a scene like that is played out.

Meredith might be a pain whore, but she's certainly picky about it. It's like the author tries to curtail to BDSM but tries to limit the savagery of it for her more conservative readers. Or sometimes when another character asks "what did you say? Not just write down "Rhys repeated his words in controlled anger. So I think, in a rather round about way, I am hating the fact that instead of trying to write the story, the author is trying to explain the story through conversations. And it drives me insane, because half way trough, you already understood.

You don't need the character to explain the scene that just happened. It wastes half of the book! I am even starting to hate the goddess appearing out of the blue. I was okay with Rhys but, Ivi and Brii had me banging my head against the computer desk. And I thin their oppenents were too complacent during their final face off. No one who killed off that number of fae could have been that The only other thing I liked about this is the way Doyle and Frost are playing out.

And for some perverse reason, I enjoy the entire Doyle and Barnithus arguments.

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It seems like this book would have been better with the crime scene and the paparazzi more and less of the goddess. Which is rather, teh point of this series, bring magic back to the fae Once at the climax or once at the falling action would have been nicer for me than the way they did it here, making it look like a filler.

I'd much rather look at the "communing" Rhys was doing with the sithen rather than some of the other fillers I was reading. WHY then am I still reading the series? Because I like some of the characters if not the writing style. I like the idea if not the whole book. I like myths and fae even if the way they handled this was not as well as I would have liked.

Here's to another round of waiting. Mar 06, Marian rated it it was ok Shelves: That was essentially my reaction to this book. I'd been warned that it had some serious issues prior to reading it. The fact that it was finished less than two months before it was released is painfully evident. There are some fun ideas at play, but the book itself needs some serious polishing.

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You shouldn't have a page or so of dialog that is immediately repeated for no clarification whatsoever. It comes across like someone was padding their word count for NaNoWriMo. Not something you want in the eighth book in a series. Did I need you to ruin your semi nifty little tirade by informing me in the clumsiest way possible that the Summerlands are like, btw, totally the faerie version of Heaven?

They made a pile around him like petals torn from an impatient flower. I guess the imagery we're going for is the after effect of "he loves me, he loves me not" or a flower that's spontaneously lost all or most of its petals, but I still don't get this. Is this a phrase I'm just wholly unfamiliar with? I would say apologies, but we're both so old that that's an insult, so what do I say, that the sight of the princess naked distracted me from anything you could say? For heaven's sake, we're pages into this mess and we've had it hammered home more times than Merry's had sex in the entire freakin' series that if you say sorry or thank you to the fey as it's an insult.

If characters could sue their authors for throwing them under the bus, Barinthus should be entitled to some legal action. He used to seem like one of the sane characters, and it was nice having someone who might actually have a game plan and not necessarily cater to Merry's every whim. As of this book he goes completely mental and the only reasons given are a He's ticked that Merry and Doyle threw away their chance at being the king and queen of the Unseelie court in exchange for Frost's life.

No one in their right mind would figure the Unseelie court would accept Merry without some sort of uprising. They freaked out at the thought of a mortal even being in the running, so her actually being crowned, goddess or not, would have driven them to action. B Prolonged exposure to the ocean made Barinthus a little too power hungry.

Enough to throw Galen into a wall? If you're playing the "so wet, so tight" drinking game, congratulations on further killing your liver. I still don't know why everyone always has to comment on this in every sex scene. Wouldn't it lose the power to astonish by now? Just when I seriously start to wonder why I continue reading Rhys! Merry stops and realizes that Andais was not always insane.

Powerful and ruthless, yes, but not insane. For half a second Merry worries about her own sanity, then decides she would Never Do Anything Bad, but what about her babies? And for the rest of the book I imagine what would happen if at least one of the twins turns out evil. That would be amazing. Jan 29, Angie rated it it was ok Shelves: Hamilton has turned into such a lazy writer.

This book definitely shows just how lazy she has gotten. There are whole passages of text that are repeated at the beginning and end of this book completely unnecessary. She has characters explain things that readers already know or should be self-explanatory also completely unnecessary. And it seems that Hamilton doesn't remember things that have happened in past books.

Merry doesn't seem to remember things that I am pretty sure she was previousl Hamilton has turned into such a lazy writer. Merry doesn't seem to remember things that I am pretty sure she was previously aware of. Not sure how she was able to walk. And the sex was really lackluster. Hamilton doesn't even write a good sex scene. You could forgive her a lot if the sex scenes were good, but they are not. They aren't sexy or erotic or anything - they are boring and too repetitive.

The plot of this book could have been really interesting. But again the writing was lazy and it wasn't developed properly. The ending was rushed and the resolution seemed really wasted and too easy. Sholto and the Red Caps were brought in but never even used or seen. Rhys gets a sithen, but we don't see it or really find out much about it. Again what a waste. We learn there is a Fairy Godmother of LA - not much goes on there either. We learn things at the Unseelie Court are going downhill, but that is all we learn nothing else.

So many things get brought up and then just dropped. Maybe they will come up again in future books, but it just shows poor writing on Hamilton's part that they weren't developed better in this book. It seems with a little effort this book could have been much better than it was. Why do I keep reading Hamilton's books? I have hopes that she will improve. I don't think it will happen, but I have hopes. And I have come to really love these characters, even if it doesn't seem that Hamilton does anymore.

It seems like her fame has really gone to her head. She needs a swift kick from her editors or someone - doubt it will ever happen but there is hope. Jan 22, Liz B rated it it was ok Shelves: This is probably my least favorite of the Merry Gentry novels so far, and my distaste is almost entirely due to what I see as some very awkward editing. There was an unclear anteceden This is probably my least favorite of the Merry Gentry novels so far, and my distaste is almost entirely due to what I see as some very awkward editing.

There was an unclear antecedent, maybe, or something was almost but not quite completely contradictory, or a paragraph said something almost identical to a paragraph on the previous page I suppose that is copyediting, although it's not exactly the proofreading problem I've seen in other books.


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  5. That's a damn shame, though, because storywise this does what Hamilton's books used to--it has a decent mystery wrapped in interesting paranormal stuff. Or maybe just an annoyed taste. Yeah, that didn't make sense. See how aggravating it is when a writer isn't really paying attention to what she's saying? Dec 15, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: There was a scene in the middle of the book where Barinthus and Merry were arguing that was absolutely amazing.

    The dialogue, descriptions, everything was working perfectly to create unbelievable edge-of-your-seat tension. That few pages alone showcases exactly why Laurell K. Hamilton's fans are as rabidly devoted as they are. Plain and simple, Hamilton can write emotionally charged suspense with the best of them. There was a decent amount of sex, but Divine Misdemeanors isn't as overly sex-fille There was a scene in the middle of the book where Barinthus and Merry were arguing that was absolutely amazing.

    There was a decent amount of sex, but Divine Misdemeanors isn't as overly sex-filled as some of the other Meredith Gentry novels. This book is just a small part of the grand scheme of things in the fae world Hamilton has created. No extreme changes in the series storyline, but small things that hint at the consequences of the faeries being back in L.

    A are scattered throughout the novel.