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Product Details

  • Series: Merry Gentry (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1st edition (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425255662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425255667
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (953 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—Charlaine Harris

“This [faerie] society is one of the most detailed, imaginative, and lovingly drawn in all fantastic fiction, and the Meredith Gentry series has become something special.”—San Jose Mercury News

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family. 

Laurell is also the author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series which includes Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Micah, Danse Macabre, The Harlequin, Blood Noir, Skin Trade, Flirt, Bullet, Hit List, Kiss the Dead, and Affliction.

More About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel - the first sexy paranormal comic ever!) and continues with the SKIN TRADE, number seventeen in the series, in which Anita's complex personal and professional relationships with a master vampire and an alpha werewolf continue to evolve. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilton's Ballantine series features Fey princess and private investigator, Merry Gentry and there are now six novels exceeding one million copies in print. Divine Misdemeanors, the eighth in the series will debut Octobe 29, 2009. She lives in St. Louis County Missouri with her husband Jonathon Green, daughter, one pug dog and one boxer/pug dog.

Customer Reviews

What Hamilton really did is just write an Anita book and pretended it was a Merry story.
Dark Suzanne
The major twist in the plot comes when a major character dies within the last chapters... But like the rest of this book, not much happens about it.
I have to say, this is the most disappointing book I have ever read, especially by one of my favor authors.
Phounthavy Keosakdy

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303 of 311 people found the following review helpful By Bry_Z on June 3, 2014
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I will start by saying I literally own all of the books from this series, and from the Anita Blake series. I must admit, for this series and Anita's I have continued purchasing hoping that there will be a return to the early LKH style, that was full of plot, snappy dialogue, action, and great character development. And having said that, I need her to do better. I truly believe that the author has not read her books from the beginning, she has not refreshed herself on the stories she began. And that is truly hurting her writing, and stunting her growth as an author. I was really looking forward to this book, since it's been so long since the last Merry installment. And I must say I'm disappointed.

The first let down is that everything seems to happen in the last 3 chapters. We've gone 40 chapters of repetitive dialogue and unnecessary character description, and missed opportunities for a great book, to land at the end with so much happening, almost no explanation, just gave a rushed ending feel. The major event was very sad, and there was no preparing for it, but it's wrapped up so quickly, that you barely have time to realize what happened. A bit more surrounding that plot point, as well as the issues with Andais & Taranis would have made for a better book. The lengthy descriptions of people we already know, and the slow moving chapters were just too much filler, constantly. Also, the repetitive signs of the roses, and other such things, became really annoying. Oh and the babies! We don't really see any of Merry being pregnant and with her men, we really don't see the relationships that the men are developing with the babies, all of these things are happening outside of the reader's perception.
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306 of 326 people found the following review helpful By F. Riley on June 3, 2014
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I wonder if Hamilton has taken the time to actually re -read this series before she started A Shiver. I doubt it, and sadly neither did anyone else that worked on this book.

She's addressed Merry's mortality before - Merry died, was returned from the summer lands, and fought a duel where she was unable to kill her challenger - the Queen of Air stated Merry isn't mortal anymore. But even if she is, it's complete garbage that Merry can't pass her mortality on to kill in duels, but she can by becoming her consort. It's crap and it doesn't fit in her new mantra of love conquers all. People who hate her retain their immortality, but don't love her too closely, you will certainly die.

Why can Merry use her hand of blood and burst bodies wide open and they begin healing, but any of her men get hurt and they need hospitals and antibiotics? Galen was fed to the demi fey and healed as fast as they tore into him, Frost, Doyle, and Sholto the strongest that Unseelie have to offer can't heal a bullet wound? I cry bull crap. Where is the consistency?

Taranis, the big bad boogie man, the rapist, the evil seelie that released the Nameless, loses his throne because his arm gets a boo boo? And we don't even get to see him lose his throne, he's deposed off scene, we're just told it happens? In a throw away scene, it's just introduced abruptly, no warning that it had happened. And he doesn't even die?

Hamilton should have stopped with Cel's death. She has no love for this series or these character, and it shows.
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219 of 233 people found the following review helpful By m_winnike on June 10, 2014
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As I was reading this book I had every intention writing a review afterwards. After finally finishing, blinking into the screen of my ebook reader I realized that my brain had been reduced to pudding and I couldn't find anything to say.

Words can't really express how truly terrible this book is. Hamilton should be ashamed at giving this to fans who have been waiting for years for the next book in the Merry Gentry series. You can tell by reading it that she's lost what little interest she had left in this series and just rehashed scenes that with a few things like the character names and locations changed could have easily been featured in one of the Anita Blake books.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Merry's babies and when she goes into labor, the birth happen off screen. That probably could have been forgiven except through the whole book Merry shows very little interest in her children and spend almost no time with them. The majority of the babies' care falls to many of Merry's numerous lovers. The only time Merry seems to show any concern for any of the babies is when one of them shows signs of powerful glamour magic that seems to work on even pure sidhe.

The vast majority of the book is spent with Merry and assorted other characters standing around in various locations having mind-numbingly boring conversations in which they repeat the same things said in other books, earlier on in this book, or just repeating what other people have just said.

When you finally get to any type of action, 4 chapters from the end of the book, the events happen off screen while Merry and Co. stand around having a conversation about what happened.

This book was the literary equivalent of watching paint dry. Save your time and your money and find a book that's actually worth reading.
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