SWALLOWING DARKNESS

The seventh book in the Merry Gentry series is of a piece with the previous six -- descriptions of clothing, hair and eyes take precedence over story; random objects of power appear fortuitously; and Merry and her guards take time to process their emotions while running for their lives. Some may enjoy this volume; others may prefer something with more meat on its bones.

Sidhe princess Meredith NicEssus, recently raped by her uncle, is in the hospital recovering when her grandmother visits. Everything seems normal, until Merry's Gran becomes so angry that she loses control of her power and tries to kill her with power forced upon her by her other granddaughter, Cair.

Swearing vengeance, Merry rides the Wild Hunt and, while en route, discovers a plot to kill her other lovers and leave King Taranis in a position to claim her unborn children as his own. Unwilling to be a pawn any longer, Merry makes a decision that will echo throughout all the courts of the sidhe. (Ballantine, Nov., 384 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs