Swallowing Darkness
Title Swallowing Darkness
Author Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher Ballantine Books
Preceded by
A Lick of Frost
Followed by
Divine Misdemeanors

Swallowing Darkness is the seventh book in the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton.


Meredith Gentry, princess of faerie, is at long last, with child. Twins fathered by her royal guard. Now she must stay alive to see the children born, as conspirators from every court plot against her and hers.

She still has supporters, and even friends, among the goblins and the sluagh who will stand by her. Those who would defy and destroy her are destined to pay a terrible price. To protect what is hers, she will sacrifice anything –even if it means waging a battle against her enemies on the very soil of faerie.

Characters Edit

Meredith's guard and consorts:


Unseelie court:


Seelie court:


Meredith's other relatives:

  • Hettie aka Gran, Meredith's grandmother
  • Donald, Hettie's human father (mentioned)
  • Hettie's brownie mother (mentioned)
  • Aunt Meg


  • Dr. Mason, a "baby doctor" at the hospital
  • Major Walters
  • Specialist Paula Gregorio, a witch
  • Staff Sergeant Dawson, wizard with fey blood
  • Corporal Lance, driver
  • Mercer
  • Jone
  • Kevin
  • Brennan
  • Hayes
  • Orlando


  • Clothra, mentioned from legend
  • Glenna the Mad, mentioned

Navigation Edit

Merry Gentry series

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