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Swallowing Darkness-Laurell K. Hamilton

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Swallowing Darkness Laurell K. Hamilton Ballantine, Nov 2008, $26.00 ISBN: 9780345495938     Princess Meredith NicEssus of the Unseelie Court knows the danger of being a princess; she also knows how hazardous being pregnant can be … see full wiki

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Tension in the world of faerie finally boil over....and there will be death!

  • Oct 17, 2010
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WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!!                                                                                                                                                                        This is book number seven of the eight book (as of right now) Meredith Gentry series that follows the life of a real life faerie princess. I found this book to be very different than the previous books because it was so full of action. Where the previous ones have been more full of action of the adult kind this one has action of the war kind. This book starts out with Merry in a hospital once again, only this time it is her in the patients bed, having a DNA test run to prove what i'd suspected in the end of the previous book, that her uncle the King of the Seelie court had raped her to claim that the children that she carried where fathered by him. As if the knowledge that your own uncle has raped you is not enough Merry is attacked yet again by another family member (and not one of the usual ones) and once again comes very close to loosing people that she loves. Instead of her usual display of kindness and mercy Merry calls the Wild Hunt down upon another of her family members that caused the attack, and rides with the Hunt to see this persons death. Towards the middle of the book something most unexpected and unusual happens. While Merry is seeking refuge and healing in the sithen of the Slaugh she finds that the sithen will obey her orders as the Unseelie sithen does. Then the land of faerie its self makes the decision to wed Merry and Sholto making her Queen to his King of the Slaugh. Merry's attempts at pregnancy where to help her win her aunt's throne and in this book she finds herself pregnant and halfway to the Unseelie throne and sitting upon the throne of the Slaugh. This turn was quite pleasing to me because as i have said before i really like the character of Sholto and i think that he deserves not only the happiness that he may be a ruler of the Unseelie but to also have a queen for his kingdom. But as always Merry's happiness cannot be still for long. Soon after being crowned Queen the Seelie court is sent by their mad king to collect "the mother of his children" and return her to him. Merry then calls in a favor to get her and her guards out of the Slaugh sithen without apprehension from the Seelie and on a plane back to L.A. and to safety. When her plan to escape the Seelie seemingly is successful Merry encounters a major problem with the Unseelie court, being led by her cousin Cel. This is where the book kicks into full armor battle mode. But blood and guts aside the reader learns some answers to questions from previous books. Who killed Merry's father, prince Essus? and what was the real reason the Queen called Merry out of exile to take her place on the throne? Both answers where interesting and very unexpected. Just before it looks like it's over faerie shows its favor of Merry once more making her Queen of yet another court. A Queen-ship that she will deny after all her long hardships and losses spent to achieve it. The only thing that i can say that i really didn't like about this book was the way it ended. It was unexpected as Hamiltons's endings almost always are, but it just felt so wrong to me. I will have to see where the next book takes the story but i don't understand thus far how the land of faerie will survive without a fertile ruler on the throne of either court, it seems as though Merry leaving will condemn her people to death.

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