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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Laurell Kaye Hamilton was born Laurell Kaye Klein in Heber Springs, Arkansas but grew up in Sims, Indiana with her grandmother Laura Gentry. Her education includes degrees in English and biology from Marion College (now called Indiana Wesleyan University). She is an American fantasy and romance writer that is best known as the author of two series of stories.
Her New York Times-bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series centers on Anita Blake, a professional zombie raiser, vampire executioner and supernatural consultant for the police, which includes novels, short story collections, and comic books. Six million copies of Anita Blake novels are in print. Her Merry Gentry series centers on Meredith Gentry, Princess of the Unseelie court of Faerie, a private detective facing repeated assassination attempts.
Hamilton is involved with a number of animal charities, particularly supporting dog rescue efforts and wolf preservation. She currently lives in St. Louis County, Missouri, with her daughter Trinity, and husband Jonathon Green whom she married in 2001.
I have read the first 6 books and must say that I thoroughly enjoyed Swallowing Darkness, Book 7. I listened to it on CD and loved the twisting plots. I'm ever so amazed at how Laurell Hamilton seems to bring about a new twist just when I think I have things figured out. The only negative is that I really don't like the voice of the person who narrated this book - she just wasn't the voice of Merry. I much preferred the narrator from her previous books. All in all though this book is a must-read if you can get past the narrator.
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