Laurell K Hamilton – Meredith (Merry) Gentry Series reading order:

by Maryse on April 1, 2009 · 65 comments

in Laurell K Hamilton, My Book Reviews, Reading Order Guide:

A snippet about the series from the publisher:

Meredith Gentry, Princess of the high court of Faerie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, living as a P.I. specializing in supernatural crime. But now the Queen’s assassin has been dispatched to fetch her back–whether she likes it or not. Suddenly Meredith finds herself a pawn in her dreaded aunt’s plans. The job that awaits her: enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward: the crown–and the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty for failure: death.

  1. A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry)
  2. A Caress of Twilight (Meredith Gentry)
  3. Seduced by Moonlight (Meredith Gentry, Book 3)
  4. A Stroke of Midnight: A Novel (Meredith Gentry)
  5. Mistral’s Kiss (Meredith Gentry, Book 5)
  6. A Lick of Frost: A Novel (Meredith Gentry)
  7. Swallowing Darkness: A Novel (Meredith Gentry)
  8. Divine Misdemeanors: A Novel (Meredith Gentry)
  9. A Shiver of Light (A Merry Gentry Novel) - expected release date June 3rd 2014


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Debbie T September 22, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Hi Laurell I am a huge fan of both the Anita Blake series and Meredith Gentry. I just finished the last book for Meredith Gentry and I am wondering if there is going to be anymore books in this series? If so when will the next one be published? I can’t wait!! You are AWESOME!!

Thank you

Patricia C April 16, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Waiting impatiently for the continuation of the Merry Gentry series. When will book 9 come out???

Maryse April 22, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Hi Patricia! I hear there will be one, but she has been working mostly on Anita these days. I will keep an eye out and hopefully will have some good news soon.

Debbie April 22, 2011 at 10:03 PM

i have read all 8 novels…in one months time. i just finished the last…..they were great….so when is the 9th book coming out if there is one

Misty May 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM

I am a HUGE fan of both the Anita Blake and the Merry Gentry series. I just finished Divine Misdemeanors and I hate getting to the last published book in a series and not knowing when the next book will come out. I love, love these series and would seriously be very sad if they ended. I would love it if I could be notified of the next release dates of both these series. Thank you so much and thanks to Laurell K. Hamilton for some truly enjoyable reads. Misty

Megan May 16, 2011 at 8:14 PM


I absolutly love both series! They are amazing. Is there going to be a 9th book for the merry series??

Maryse May 18, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Hi Megan! Yes it looks like there will be. In fact, Laurell just recently posted this on her Facebook, this month:

“I’ve never had non-lead characters so loud in my head before. Merry’s men – Doyle, Rhys, and even more obscure characters are talking to me more than ever before.Could it be not writing for so long has opened me up to more view points?”

Angie May 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM

I’m a huge fan of both your series’. Can’t wait to read “Hit List”. But I was wanting to know what is next for Merry ? When does her next book come out? Can’t wait to read it. I look forward to your books when they come out.

Kirsten May 29, 2011 at 11:34 PM

I’m about to read book 7 of Merry’s story. I don’t want these to end. Can’t wait for the next Anita novel to come out.

Maryse May 31, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Hi Kirsten! More to come for Merry! What series did you like better?

Maryse May 31, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Hi Angie! She hasn’t mentionned much about what’s next for Merry other than the characters have been running around in her head lately and she feels like writing…

Teresa June 17, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I accidentally read the books out of order, so I read them all again and her novels still have the same effect on me! I cant wait till number 9 and more of Anita! I heard a rumor that they might try to make Anita Blake a movie? Oh I sure do hope so!

Ami June 25, 2011 at 7:54 AM

For all of us waiting with bated breath…I started listening to the books on CD with Kim Alexis reading Anita’s travels and Laural Merlington reading the Merry series. I am really enjoying my return to the Courts and suggest others follow my lead. It makes the waiting easier. This is my first experience with Audio and am so glad I have discovered this medium.. Doyle s accent is divine as are all the men in the Unseelie Court.

Teresa June 30, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Oh! Where did you get the CDs?????

Kristen July 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Audible has them in file format so you don’t néed the CDs. Just finished reading (listening) to the last one and like everyone else I’m waiting for more. I know there are a few more books to get out of the series!

Joscelyne August 17, 2011 at 2:04 PM

I believe shes working on a Merry book right now. I follow her on facebook I know shes writing something and its not Anita. I soo hope its another Merry book!

Maryse August 17, 2011 at 7:05 PM

You’re right Joscelyne. She’s been hinting at the fact that Merry and her crew are running around in her head again…

Tara Jimenez August 19, 2011 at 8:30 PM

hey i loved loved loved both series but am wondering what does everyone recomend me to read while waiting for the next book to come out in these series???? i already read J R Wards Black dagger brotherhood and also loved those! I need something to hold me over

Maryse August 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Tara!! FEVER series by Karen Marie Moning – read it – SO SO SO good – one of the BEST!!

tara jimenez August 20, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Thanks sooo much gonna def check them out!

Carol Carlson September 1, 2011 at 2:26 PM

i love reading your novels i have at least 4 of them for the meredith gentry series but im having troubles finding more

Cassandra September 17, 2011 at 6:41 PM

I love Luarell she is my favorite author. Anita is fantastic and Merry is amamzing. She writes wonderful female empowerment books. I can wait for the new Merry do we have any idea when it will be?

Melodee October 12, 2011 at 8:57 PM

If you’ve never read any of Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series – WOW!! That’s what started me down the whole dark and shadowy paradise of these writers!

charliee xxx :) October 20, 2011 at 12:17 PM

is this series continuing or does it stop at book 8????

Maryse October 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM

It appears the author is currently working (or thinking about) her next Merry book. Hope this helps!

charliee xxx :) October 27, 2011 at 4:26 AM


Cindy January 3, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Please please please update on the Merry Gentry series LOVED it!

Rose March 19, 2012 at 9:37 PM
The Merry Series WILL go on…she just took some time out. Just wait..I bet the new one will be the best yet! I hope it is this year!

Rebekah March 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Hi! I love Laurell k. Hamilton. Are they going to make a movie out of the Anita Blake series? I just get so excited every time I hear about these books. I have read each book at least 7 times each. These books are ones that you can read 4ever and never tire of reading them. Yay!

julie July 6, 2012 at 2:52 PM

hi ive also read all anita blake and merry books love them all and awaiting next mean time can recomend riley jenson series by keri arthur weres and vamps and other creatures

Maryse July 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Thanks for the recommendation, Julie!!

Emily July 24, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Here’s the latest thing from Laurell about the newest Merry Gentry book-
understandable but I’m impatient!!!

Terri September 1, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Oh, I finally found a way to keep up with L. Hamilton. Love her. Lost all my books in a move and now rebuilding on Kindle. Thank you for being there so I can get all this straight easier. I love her books. Anita is great and Meredith is even greater. Did I read she has another Meredith Gentry coming out?

Rachel September 11, 2012 at 6:10 AM

I love this blog and would really love to know any new info on the new Merry book coming out. I can’t get enough of it…….

Terri September 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I have read the last 7 books of the Meredith Gentry series in less than two weeks. Wow, I loved it. I love the series and her characters are short of fantastic. I love Rhys and Frost is terrific. Does anyone have a favorite? I can not decide. Doyle, wow…

Lori Shaw October 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Would like notification when both of her series come out please thanks

Jenna October 19, 2012 at 8:21 AM


cheryl October 29, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Ilove Anita Blake and Meredith books. I have them all. Keep up the good work. I can’t get enough. Please don’t stop them. I can’t put them down once I start. Actually, I’m re-reading them all over again. I NEED MORE!!!

nikki November 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM

can’t get enough of anita blake read all bullet was good hitlist was to short needed more…. can’t wait for books 9 in meredith love it sooooooo much

Melanie Newman December 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I just finished the last book of the Meredith Gentry series and I was wondering when the next book is going to be available.

teena January 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Any idea about the 9th book i love the Anita series but merry is my favorite!!!!

George February 14, 2013 at 7:16 AM

I think she should have ended the series with Swallowing Darkness rather than go on and then leaving us hanging for soooooo long

Cyndi March 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I love reading both anita blake and merry series,BUT I would like to know when the next book is coming out .I just finished re-reading the merry series,and what happens next!

mandy April 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Why stop the merry gentry series? It was wonderful. So much left unsaid. We need the next book. How can this b left unfinished.

Sammi April 14, 2013 at 12:17 AM

I am absolutely obsessed with Laurell K. Hamilton’s writing. I started reading all of her books when I was 13, which is really probably not age appropriate, but I still was able to enjoy them. I love them even more now that I am older (17) since I get more of the innuendos. While there are some pretty amazing characters in the Anita series (I have always had a crush on Edward), the Merry series is the one that really captured my heart. Doyle and Frost are just so freaking adorable! ^^

Since I read a majority of the comments above, I know that she has mentioned writing another Merry. I sincerely cannot wait, especially the babies are going to have to be coming sooner or later. Or, if she is doing a book from one of the mens’ point of views, then that could get really interesting. :D

Just curious: does anyone have any mental image of the babies yet? For some reason, I am imagining one (a girl) to look like a combination of Frost, Rhys, and Sholto while the other one (a boy) will look like Doyle, Galen, and Mistral. It would be interesting to see Andais’ reaction to the babies, since they will be a combination of a bunch of men she’s had in bed. O.o

Oh, and does anyone have any recommendations for new reading material? I am a pretty avid reader so I can’t guarantee I haven’t read it yet, though. Also, if anyone is looking for an awesome series, I fully recommend the PSI series by Laura Anne Gilman. It moves a bit slower than anything Hamilton has written and it is toned down several notches but I really like it. And please, no teen recommendations. I find I get annoyed by teen books, since I have been reading adult books with cursing for years.

Sammi April 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM

And I just read that someone recommended the Black Jewel series by Anne Bishop. I completely second that recommendation, although I think you should stop reading once you finish the original trilogy. The books after that just make me want to strangle Daemon. :/

Beth November 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I, too, am have a serious craving for all things sidhe and can’t wait for “Shiver of Light” due out next summer. In the meantime, I found 12 books I was reading in two days per book. Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. Start with “Dead Witch Walking” and have a good adventure. I’m reading the last of the Fever series, bummer and have picked up a new author, Sandy Williams, on a librarian’s recco. Haven’t started it yet so I’ve got no review. Will try Black Jewels, too. I don’t know how you guys feel about time travelers but Diana Gabaldon’s , just recently :) , 8 book “Outlander” series was well worth the time. Start with “Outlander”. Hope I’ve helped in the distraction category.

Beth November 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I should’ve proofread before I posted :( . The first line is either “am having” or strike the “am” altogether. Sorry about that. Just checked on another author I like, Deborah Harkness, and her “All Souls” books are officially a trilogy as of last month according to her site. These were a real pageturner. Witches,vamps and weres, oh my!

Lynette Braga February 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Hi Laurell,
I just finished Affliction and I am depressed. I love Anita Blake. Need more books….

Calista talis March 30, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Hi there, I’m a big fan of your merry gentry series I’ve already read it 2 time over , a couple 3 waiting for the 9th book to come out. I’ve been stalking the where about of this book and I even have the book store I go to ready to notify me as soon as they have it. But I’ve been waiting a couple years now. I love the writing keep up the great work.

Calista talis March 30, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I forgot the author I’ve been ready to keep me busy Patricia Briggs has done a great job with her mercy Thompson series as well as Alfa omega series. Great reads made the wait worth it

Ozmee May 10, 2014 at 8:42 PM

I’ve read both series over and over since I found them and lately have noticed errors in the MG series. A place online says a new novel is out 6/4 for MG and that there are ‘triplets’. Ages change from book to book as well as in the AB series. Well I just overlook that. But now I’m having daydreams of different scenarios for the AB books. I wish she and Richard had a chance, that she and Olaf would have a relationship of some kind; mainly I daydream of him kidnapping her and her memory being gone before she gets rescued. I REALLY wish she could shapeshift, that is just annoying and Richard has 4 marks and he can shapeshift so it makes no sense that she can’t. Plus, she went from being mad and bitchy all the time to docile and wimpy. But, however it goes I still am anxious for a new one on both series.

kayla May 29, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Another really good author is Christine feehan she write the dark series about a family of carpathians its wonderfully written Mrs. Hamilton I just want to tell u that ur books kept me from goin insane when I was younger I didn’t have any friends at all I found ur book in a abondoned class room and it was like I was suppose to find it I found a friend in a beautifully written book I had a place to go when I was sad and alone and I just want to say to u thank you my goal in life is to write like u with so much passion and love. Its on my bucket list to own all ur books:)

Joy August 6, 2014 at 5:55 PM

I’m re-reading the Merry Gentry series, just got a “A Shiver of Light”! Where can I read the missing bit of story between Frost disappearing, Taranis abducting her, and discovering her pregnancy (“Swallowing Darkness”) and “Divine Misdemeanors”? I think I remember a short story where Cel dies, Frost returns, and they leave faery, but I can’t find a reference to it anywhere. It made me confused when trying to read “Divine Misdemeanors” in anticipation of “A Shiver of Light”. Lol Can you help?

Tani June 25, 2015 at 8:31 PM

Wondering when #10 of the Merry Series is coming out and so far nothing I read is even close to my love for this series. I mean really all those books for anita and not enough for Merry. Feeling left back… and sad.

Helen Wescott June 29, 2015 at 8:18 AM

I love both series books when will the next book in the merry Gentry series be out I have read book nine can’t wait for 10 is it going to be out soon

Sherry Wyler July 26, 2015 at 6:32 PM

Just found book #9 in the Meredith Gentry series
Is going to be a #10?

Tammy October 18, 2015 at 4:35 PM

I have finished the 9th book in the MG series, but it has left me with many questions. Merry is more sidhe than Biddy, she has come into the full powers of her hands of power unlike her father, that should make her immortal in its own right? She has been able to heal with sex and magic, not only herself but others that were injured, what has happened to that ability? The Goddess still walks with her. If Taranis is able to make things in dreams real, then what’s to say that he wasn’t able to cause Doyle to have poison on his claws when he attacked Frost? These questions need answered. I think that they should be answered addressing the single fact that MG is 3/4 sidhe, 1/8 brownie and 1/8 human. That she is still able to heal through sex and magic since she is descended from 5 fertility deities and that Taranis is just that, King of Light and ILLUSIONS.

Alice October 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM

I just got done reading book 9. The triplets are amazing. I cried at the end about sholto. But I hope there is another book BC the ending has left alot unsaid about the babies and frost. Please let there be another. I love this series.

Brenda April 7, 2016 at 5:29 PM

I just finished reading Dead Ice. I can not wait till June for Crimson Death.
i have already pre ordered it. Can’t wait for book 26 to come out.

Janice We Hines July 24, 2016 at 6:48 PM

Hi Laurell I just wanted to say Thank you for all the books. I’ve read all of the Anita Blake series and now all of my favorite Merry Gentry series. It has gotten me so hocked that it’s hard to wait on the next book. You superfan Janice

Zachary Tilley November 30, 2016 at 3:01 AM

Hey PLEASE! I only have 18 months to live. I am in such pain and misery but Merry has pulled me through…I. lOVE the Merry Gentry series and would love shoot I would PAY to know if there’s anything coming since Shiver of Light? I’ve read #1-9 five times…no response from L.K.H support team or Penguin and no offense but I don’t care for Anita Blake

Letitia Graham July 8, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Hello my name’s Letitia.

I’m a HUGE fan…….. I’ve read so many of your books and suffice to say there amazing. Truth be told I even read the excerpts is the Anita Blake series finish or is Anita going to continue her journey after marriage to the pale Adonis named Jean Claude how is this marriage strategy going to work out BTW love the gentry series with Meridith sad that one of her children’s father died no less than with a bullet totally unexpected LOVE the twist. Well anyways keep up the great work. Looking forward to your new books. ⌚

angie November 14, 2018 at 9:48 AM

When is the new Merry book coming out, all you are doing is Anita, and there are so many vampire books out there but only one Merry series , please leave Anita and catch up with Merry

Thank you and have a nice day.

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