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A Stroke of Midnight (Meredith Gentry Novels) Hardcover – 30 Apr 2005


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (30 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345443578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345443571
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish.

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The fourth darkly fantastic, deliciously erotic outing for PI/Faerie Princess Meredith Gentry... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I am Meredith Gentry, PI. Others know me as Princess Meredith, heir to the darkest throne faerie has to offer. But at what price? To inherit a court that has ruled through bloodshed and violence for centuries, must I really become that which I dread most?

Enemies watch my every move. From his prison cell, my cousin strives to be rid of me while some amongst the Unseelie await the downfall of my aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. And unforeseen others bide their time, poised to strike.

Such is the unease we feel that for the first time in our history we must allow human police into the world of faerie. And I confess I am in need of allies now more than ever - especially since fate will lead me into the arms of Mistral, Master of Storms and the new captain of the queen's guard. Our desire will reawaken powers long forgotten among the warriors of the sidhe. Pain and pleasure await me. And danger too, but we are all running out of time...

So reader beware, for herein lies the twilight world of Meredith Gentry, where the erotic and the exotic, the decadent and the deadly come together.

Don't miss first three Merry Gentry novels:

A KISS OF SHADOWS, A CARESS OF TWILIGHT and SEDUCED BY MOONLIGHT

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Clark on 29 July 2006
Format: Paperback
What can you say about Laurell K Hamilton that hasn't already been said? Yes, "A Stroke of Midnight" is full of graphic, gratuitous sex and yes, the plot crawls along to a rather unsatisfying climax (no pun intended) but in my opinion, the Merry Gentry novels are better than the recent Anita Blake efforts.

For one thing, there is a definite story arc here, whereas the last two of three Anita books have just gone through the motions, shoving a little plot where it'll fit around all the turgid bedroom scenes. Merry is still trying to get pregnant and her twisted cousin Cel is nearing the end of his imprisonment. Plot threads that began in earlier books are continued and expanded, and Hamilton has created a delicious world of faery magic and politics that will obviously continue to develop into the next book.

Secondly, the sex actually serves a purpose in the Merry Gentry novels. Whilst Anita becomes more of a Mary Sue/author surrogate with every man she beds, Merry must get pregnant to keep her life and save the lives of those she loves. Every time Merry does the nasty with another impossibly beautiful fey man, old magic is restored to the men and the sithen. Having said that, the sex scenes are far too long and a lot of the time they seem like filler rather than plot advancement.

Thirdly, Merry is a far more sympathetic character than Anita. She gets ahead by caring, first and foremost, and she wins more and more fey to her side in this book by being compassionate and willing to take risks for her people.

If you've read the first three books in this series, this one if worth picking up. I don't recommend it as a starting point for newcomers to either Merry or Hamilton; there's far too much you already need to know to understand the complex storylines. Overall, it's trashy fun and fills a few hours, which is really all I expect from this series.
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68 of 82 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
Sometimes you really can judge a book by its cover. Judging by the swooning, cleavagey woman who seems to be in the initial stages of ecstacy, with a bit of soft purply lighting, "A Stroke of Midnight" looks like a fantastical romance novel. And that... is what it is.

The cover aside, Laurell K. Hamilton's latest Merry Gentry novel is, like many of her latest novels, a minor disaster. "Stroke of Midnight" is actually better than most of them, with the complex political machinations that Hamilton is so good at. But smothering those machinations are sex and a glacially slow plotline.

After the events of the third book, the human media has been called into the sithen for a press conference centering on Princess Meredith. But no sooner has the conference ended than a pair of corpses -- one human, one fey -- are found. Merry convinces the Queen to let her investigate the human way, and begins delving into whodunnit.

To make things even more complex, the Goddess has been doing wonky things with Merry's powers -- now when she has sex with fey, their powers are reawakened, and then become godlike once more. Needless to say, this is doing lovely things for her obedient harem. But Merry also has to focus on the mysterious murders -- and the plot that may be forming against her aunt.

Sounds intriguing? Well, in theory it is. Unfortunately, the entire plot is not only inundated in softcore porn, but it also takes place in about twenty-four hours. As a result, the plot is so drawn-out and glacially slow that I kept wanting to bang the cover against my head.

And, of course, the sex. Hamilton's writing has gotten downright nymphomaniacal in recent years, and "Stroke of Midnight" is no exception.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Toni James on 16 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
As with all her novels this is full of erotica but alas this time somewhat to the detriment of the storyline. The sex scenes are overly long which means that the plot is slow developing.

Good light fun and an easy book to read but sadly no more than that.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Glen VINE VOICE on 11 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was (on my part) an eagerly awaited installment in the Merry Gentry series, it did not, alas, meet my expectations. The reasons being that whilst it was heavy on the passion, it was most definitely light on plot development.
This book concentrates at almost tedious length on how Merry's sex life develops not only her own powers but also those of her sexual partners. This is all very well and it must be admitted that it does make entertaining reading, however, I was left feeling cheated as the actual plotline is inching forward in an almost agonising fashion.
In the next book could there be more exposition and less exposure to real and/or metaphysical sex, please? If there is no change an entertaining and different character is in danger of becoming boring which would be a shame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 May 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It seems to me like the author has run out of the storyline so she has just added more and more sex into her books. If I had wanted to read about sex, I would have bought Fifty Shades of Grey.

Also in the last book she gave a glossary of how to pronounce names. She got several of them wrong. I am Pagan and have studied the Sidhe for over 35 years and counting. The Unseelie Court is pronounced Un-Shee-lie Court, the Seelie Court is pronounced Shee-lie Court and the word Sidhe is pronounced Shee or Shay. As for the word Sithen, I have no idea where she gets that word from. It is not one I have ever encountered in all my years of either dealing with the world of Faery or reading about them.

I was considering buying the rest of the series but after this last disaster, I have changed my mind. I prefer Melissa Marr or Kate Thompson. Also, when did the Shee start living in America? As far as I am concerned the Shee are confined to Europe only, particularly to Celtic Countries like Ireland.
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