- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Ballantine Books; Auflage: Reprint (28. November 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0345443608
- ISBN-13: 978-0345443601
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,7 x 2,7 x 17,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 151.315 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Stroke of Midnight: A Novel (Merry Gentry, Band 4) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. November 2006
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Praise for Laurell K. Hamilton
A Kiss of Shadows
“I’ve never read a writer with a more fertile imagination.”
“Sizzling . . . Memorable characters and wicked wit make it all delicious, ribald fun.”
A Caress of Twilight
“Sensual, without a doubt . . . This book moves like a whirlwind.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“[A] sexy, tension-charged dark fantasy mystery.”
Seduced by Moonlight
“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
“Hamilton’s books [are] must-reads.”
–The Denver Post
From the Hardcover edition.
The fourth darkly fantastic, deliciously erotic outing for PI/Faerie Princess Meredith Gentry... -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The climax of the previous novel, "Seduced by Moonlight," was encouraging to me because when Merry and her company returned to the Unseelie Court to meet again with the Queen of Air and Darkness we finally got to the point where Hamilton provided proof she can still deliver the horror that made her Anita Blake novels so great. I really did not care if Hamilton wants to keep throwing soft core porn into her novels as long as she also delivers on the gut-wrenching horror. My major complaint with "A Stroke of Midnight" is that Hamilton takes her foot back off the pedal, which is why I ended up rounding down on this one. I thought Hamilton had reached the beginning of the end game, but the story really does not advance much father. Indeed, we do not get close to the next stroke of midnight as this story take place the next day (but apparently in more than 24 hours).
The best part of the Meredith Gentry series is the chess game that is going on between Princess Meredith and Prince Cel to be chosen as the heir to the throne of Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness. It does not matter than Cel only half way through his imprisonment, chained and covered in Branwyn's Tears, as punishment for one of the previous assassination attempt on Merry, the game is still being played and the metaphor still applies (just think of Cel as having been castled). The only thing that has changed after the developments at the end of "Seduced by Moonlight" is that the other side has figured out that taking out some of Merry's pieces can be as important as getting the princess herself. Consequently we have a constant mix of assassination attempts and sex scenes.
Also, of course, Merry is exhibiting new powers. It is simply not a Laurell K. Hamilton novel unless her heroine has new powers that develop in the last chapters of the novel. This becomes somewhat maddening because when this happens it usually means the action has to ground to a stop while the other characters explain to Merry what is happening. This is also rather frustrating because neither Queen Andais nor the rest of the Unseelie Court is getting up to speed on the significance of the powers Princess Meredith is exhibiting. At some point even her Aunt Andais has to get it through her thick skull that the Goddess, the sithen, and most of her guards, have endorsed Merry's claim to the throne. It is not going to be pretty when that happens, and I strongly suspect that when the Queen forces Merry to her bed she is going to get an unpleasant surprise.
I want Hamilton to get to that point where the horror a lot quicker than she obviously intends to at this point in the series. Maybe given the pressures of having to top her endings in a dozen Anita Blake novels has forced the author to take a different tack with the Meredith Gentry series, which is to avoid the challenge by avoiding the big finishes with the giant doses of horror. "A Stroke of Midnight" actually ends with both a bang and a whimper, but neither is of the sort I was really hoping for.
Quite simply, we should be father along in the story, and if it is still three months until Cel is released from his imprisonment you hate to think how many novels would be between now and then given the pace of this one (I suspect Cel will be given an early release although I am not sure who will do the freeing). Then there is the question of the ring choosing a king for Merry, because you have to think if Galen, Frost, Doyle or any of the others were going to be chosen it would have happened by now. Maybe it has to do with the idea that if she gets pregnant she gets married and sharing her body with so many would just be for fun rather than politics. But I think the true problem is that unlike the Anita Blake series the Meredith Gentry saga is going to be over when she wins the game, which is why Hamilton is just stringing us along at this point.
Now Princess Merry will face the most dangerous time of her entire life. She may even be forced to ally herself with her greatest adversary. She will face goblins, kings, assassins, and more.
**** This suspense filled series continues, much to the delight of Hamilton's fans. Parts tended to get a bit choppy at times, but that does not detract too much from the wonderful adventures of Princess Merry. If you have not read the first three novels in this series, then go back and do so. Otherwise you may find yourself lost at times. An excellent continuation to the saga! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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The first book of Hamilton's I read was A Kiss of Shadows. I had accidentally bought it with a handful of the early Anita Blake books so I figured I'd just read it first. I enjoy good erotica and I love a contemporary fantasy just fine so I enjoyed it and the following two installments.
Having recently read Danse Macabre and decided not to continue with Anita, I was hoping Merry would still bring something to the table for me. And indeed in some ways she does. I enjoy the characters in this series very much... but I'm starting to see where Anita's harem of men has become confusing with it's MANY members (pun not intended) suddenly Merry's harem is starting to feel much the same.
I still love Hamilton's ability to create a great "fantasy" world and give it depth. What is starting to concern me is that while Anita has no plot and is all sex, Merry's sex is the plot. In some ways that is okay because she has written the world to work with it... but it sure would be nice to have something other than porn style group sex to read. There's no real passion in it anymore. It all feels forced and perhaps it is just my romanticized ideal but I enjoy an erotic scene much more when the characters are lead up to it with some fiery tension.
On a side note. I am sick and tired of people calling Hamilton's writing erotica. It is NOT erotica. It gives erotica a bad name. It isn't even romance material IMHO. It's not even particularly sexy. As an erotica reader for several years I happened to stumble upon a book a while back about how to write erotic scenes that are good. One of the key elements is not to sound clinical, like a doctor describing how the medical details, or sound like you're giving a sports commentary on a porn film. Which is EXACTLY what I feel like I have read in the last two Hamilton books I've tried.
I'm done with Anita but I'm going to give Merry another try because at least her sex scenes are the plot. LOL
The race for the throne is underway, and Merry gets busy fulfilling her royal duties of trying to get pregent by one or more of her royal guards (all of the previously celtic dieties in centures and millenia past, when the primal forces of magic were much stronger in the world) ... and in the process, the Goddess (and the presence of magic along with her) begins to show more signs of returning, and restoring vitality to the faerie realm ... a vitality that has withered over the millennia under the cruel sadism of the Queen of Air and Darkness.
Prince Cel is still in prison, but his followers (and other elements opposed to having a half-breed like Meredith take the throne) have not been idle ... there has been foul murder done within the halls of the sidhe, and further murders are attempted - and neither Princess Merry nor her Elite Guards (even as they begin to reclaim some of their old strength from ages long past) are safe.
The author tells her tale with her usual mix of steamy magically-enhanced sex, mythological fantasy, court intrigue, and forensics. It's a highly enjoyable romp.
My only memorable nit is the authoress' tendency to write, at times, in extremely short and fragmentary chapters ... such as breaking up a single continuous scene into 5 chapters, of only 3-5 pages each. There's no apparent rhyme or reason to her chapter divisions, and her plot advancement is slow.
Reading this as I am hot on the heels of George R. R. Martin's excessively long-winded and overly complex "A Song of Ice and Fire", encountering back-to-back chapters of only 3-5 pages each, and all of them a seemingly unbroken continutation of the parahraphs immediately before ... it caused an involuntary nervous twitch, and I had to repress the urge to laugh hysterically.