Murder in the sithen, and the awakening of an ancient magic....

  • Oct 9, 2010
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Book number four of Laurell K. Hamiltion's Meredith Gentry series, entitled A Stroke of Midnight was an excellent addition to the storyline, but proved to be slightly different than the previous books. There is less action in this book, no duels or fighting off untold evils, but it dosen't make the book any less exciting. Merry is still in the Unseelie sithen from the visit that began in the previous book. The book starts off with a bang when Merry and her guards are holding a press conference to discuss the attempt on her life that happened in the last book when directly after leaving the press there are bodies discovered in the sithen! One of them a human! The interesting twist is that instead of using typical magically-enhanced faerie justice Merry convinces the Queen to let her include human investigators in a forensic investigation to find the killer. To make up for the lack of action in this book there is a definite increase in magic being done. Towards the middle of the book Merry has an encounter with the Goddess that leaves her to realize that she has been given the power to revive the failing power of the fey. The power of the Goddess mixed with certain ancient faerie relics, and some of Merry's own powers are well on their way to bringing the life and power back to the Unseelie sithen.

Though it was different than the previous books in the series, i enjoyed this one just as much as the others. The way that the author describes the magic of the fey is so captivating it makes it nearly impossible for me to put the book down, because i'm so excited to see what will happen next. Also just when i think that i have the storyline figured out and know whats to come i am totally blown out of the water and surprised by some unseen twist. Hamilton's imagination never fails to impress me. When i first started to read this series i thought that it would become repetitive because if each of the fey have their own individual hands of power and cultural differences. What i failed to see was that the authors world would unfold into something so amazingly complex and beautiful but also so easy to follow and non-repetitive in any way. Each of the races of fey are do different but so their own at the same time it makes for a interesting story. One of the only downsides i could find with this book was the part with the human investigators was never really finished. They found some evidence and told Merry and her guards their suspicions but no formal test reports where ever brought back to Merry, but it is possible that there will be closure on the subject in the following book, which i will be defiantly be reading.
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Book number four of Laurell K. Hamiltion's Meredith Gentry series, entitled A Stroke of Midnight was an excellent addition to the storyline, but proved to be slightly different than the previous books. There is less action in this book, no duels or fighting off untold evils, but it dosen't make the book any less exciting. Merry is still in the Unseelie sithen from the visit that began in the previous book. The book starts off with a bang when Merry and her guards are holding a press conference …
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