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This is a timeline of events in the Merry Gentry series. The first novel is placed in "year 0".

Timeline[]

Year Notable events
c. -6000
c. -4000 Rhys last held the mark of power of a blue salmon.[3]
c. -3000 Andais's bloodline becomes rulers of the Unseelie Court.[4]
c. -2000
-1023 Doyle joins Queen Andais.[8]
c. -1000
c. -800 Frost joined the Queen's Ravens.[16]
c. -700 One of the faerie weirdings. Rhys lost much of his power.[17]
c. -400 Last great human-fey war.[18]
c. -200
  • The faerie courts come to America under President Thomas Jefferson (c. 1801-1809).
  • The sithen recognizes Aisling as king of the Seelie court, so King Taranis banishes him.[19]
  • Sholto is born.[20]
  • King Taranis marries Conan of Cuala.[21]
The Seelie and Unseelie courts create the Nameless.[22]
c. -103 / -107 Galen is born.[23][24]
c. -100
  • After 100 years of marriage, King Taranis puts aside his wife Conan of Cuala because they've had no children.[25]
  • Maeve Reed denies Taranis's proposal and is exiled from the Seelie court.[26][27]
c. -50 Maeve Reed becomes a Hollywood star.[28][29]
-34
  • Princess Besaba and Prince Essus are married as part of a peace treaty between the courts.[30]
  • Besaba becomes pregnant in the first year of marriage.[31]
-33 Princess Meredith is born.[32]
-27
  • Queen Andais attempts to drown Meredith, age 6, in a bathtub.[33][34][35]
  • Prince Essus takes Meredith into exile.
  • The Prince's Cranes are taken by Prince Cel.
-18 Meredith, age 15, goes trick o' treating with Keelin, and uses her own glamour to hide them.[36]
-17
  • Meredith, age 16, returns to the Unseelie court after ten years.[37][38]
  • Meredith and Rhys go on a date to a film noir festival.[39]
  • Kurag reveals himself to Meredith in an attempt to impress her and become her consort.[40]
-16 Keelin is raped and beaten. Prince Essus takes her to a human hospital.[41]
-15 Prince Essus is assassinated.[42][43]
-10 Meredith and Griffin become engaged.[44]
-3
-2 Meredith and Roane become lovers.[47]
0 October A Kiss of Shadows[48]
  • Andais announces Meredith as her co-heir.
  • Meredith forms alliances with the Goblins and the Demi-fey.
  • Prince Cel begins his six-month punishment for his use of Branwyn's Tears.
December

A Caress of Twilight[49]

1 January

Seduced by Moonlight[50]

  • Meredith and Kurag come to terms to extend their alliance.
  • The chalice returns for Meredith.[51]
  • Merry's lovers begin to express old and new powers.[52][53][54][55]

A Stroke of Midnight[56][57]

  • Beatrice and a human reporter are murdered.

Mistral's Kiss

  • The horn returns to Merry and Abeloec.
  • Merry and her men return life to the dead gardens.
  • The sluagh regain power and King Sholto restores the wild hunt.

A Lick of Frost[58]

  • Human law enforcement investigates the claims against Rhys, Galen, and Abeloec.
  • Merry is pregnant with twins, about four to five weeks along.[59]
  • Frost transforms into a stag as a sacrifice.
  • Taranis kidnaps Merry.
February Swallowing Darkness[60]
March Divine Misdemeanors[61]
Aug/Sep A Shiver of Light[62]

Inconsistencies[]

Some time references in Seduced By Moonlight (January) indicate that four months have gone by since A Kiss of Shadows (October), but it's been about three months. Meredith's alliance with the Goblins is for six months from when it began in October (A Kiss of Shadows), so it should end in April, but in January (Seduced By Moonlight) she says that she only has two more months of the alliance left. She also says in January that she's been the men for four months, but it's only been three months.[63]

The third novel, Seduced by Moonlight, states that it takes place in January.[50] The fourth novel, A Stroke of Midnight, states that it takes place in December,[57] but this should take place after the events of Seduced by Moonlight.

References[]

  1. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 22, Merry refers to Barinthus as a "six-thousand-year-old ex-god."
  2. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 21: Black Coach has been around for "six thousand years and counting."
  3. Mistral's Kiss, chapter 03: "I have not held this mark for nearly four thousand years."
  4. Seduced by Moonlight, chapter 21, Amatheon says, "Cel is the last true sidhe prince we have. The last true heir to the bloodline that has ruled us for nearly three thousand years."
  5. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 31: Kitto is "nearly two thousand years old."
  6. A Caress of Twilight, chapter 04 states he is "a little over two thousand years old."
  7. Seduced by Moonlight, chapter 15, Doyle says that "two thousand years, or more, ago" they lost abilities "with the first weirding."
  8. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 17: Doyle hasn't left the queen's side in "one thousand and twenty-three years" except for assassinations.
  9. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 03: "...my aunt, the overall ruler of the court for the past thousand years give or take a century..."
  10. A Caress of Twilight, chapter 02: "Andais had ruled the Unseelie Court for over a thousand years."
  11. Seduced by Moonlight, chapter 28.
  12. A Caress of Twilight, chapter 45 states that Taranis has a "thousand-year reign."
  13. A Lick of Frost, chapter 03: "He (Taranis) has been the absolute ruler of the Seelie Court for more than a thousand years."
  14. Mistral's Kiss, chapter 08: "I know that once upon a time, some of the sidhe could travel through ground, trees, the air. But forgive me, guys, that was a thousand years before I was born."
  15. Mistrak's Kiss, chapter 08: "How long ago did these things vanish from the sithen?" "A thousand years, maybe more."
  16. Seduced by Moonlight, chapter , states that "Frost had been celibate for eight hundred years," suggesting this is when he joined the guard.
  17. Seduced by Moonlight, chapter 2, Rhys states that "it's been almost seven hundred years since I had this much power."
  18. A Stroke of Midnight chapter 05: "They all remember the last great human-fey war." "That was almost four hundred years ago."
  19. A Lick of Frost, chapter 09: "Aisling was exiled from the Seelie because their sithen, the faerie mound, recognized him as the king in this new land, not Taranis." / "It (the sithen) liked Aisling more than two hundred years ago." A Lick of Frost, chapter 10, spoken by Aisling: "Not unless the court has changed a great deal in the two hundred yeas of my exile." A Lick of Frost, chapter 11, spoken by Aisling: "Just because the sithen recognized me more than two hundred years ago does not mean that I will still be its choice for king."
  20. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 11: "... Sholto was only about two hundred years, give or take."
  21. A Caress of Twilight, chapter 14.
  22. A Caress of Twilight, chapter 20.
  23. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 20 states that Galen is "a mere seventy years" older than Merry. Stated again in A Caress of Twilight chapter 4 and chapter 15. This places his birth about 103 years before the start of the series.
  24. A Stroke of Midnight, chapter 02 states that Galen is "the youngest of the Queen’s Ravens, only seventy-five years older than [Merry]," which would place his birthday about 107 years before the start of the series.
  25. A Caress of Twilight, chapter 14.
  26. A Caress of Twilight, chapter 11.
  27. A Lick of Frost, chapter 04: "A hundred years ago Maeve had told him (Taranis) this, but he had exiled her and forbidden anyone to speak to her."
  28. A Caress of Twilight, chapter 02 states that Maeve Reed had "been the Golden Goddess of Hollywood for fifty years now." A Caress of Twilight, chapter 11 indicates it's been forty years.
  29. A Lick of Frost, chapter 04: "She (Maeve Reed) was the golden goddess of Hollywood now, and had been for fifty years."
  30. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 22.
  31. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 22.
  32. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 19, Merry states she is 33 years old.
  33. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 11, chapter 17.
  34. Seduced by Moonlight, chapter 20 and chapter 32.
  35. A Lick of Frost, chapter 12: "... my father, Essus, took me and our household into exile in the human world after Andais tried to drown me at six years of age."
  36. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 24.
  37. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 03: "I'd spent the years from sixteen to thirty in the Unseelie court."
  38. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 17, Sholto states that Essus refused Andais' attempts to get him to return for ten years.
  39. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 26, chapter 28.
  40. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 31.
  41. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 06.
  42. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 20 states that Merry was eighteen at the time. Also stated so in Seduced by Moonlight, chapter 16.
  43. A Stroke of Midnight, chapter 03 states that "sixteen years have passed" since Prince Essus had been assassinated. Stated again in chapter 06.
  44. Merry and Griffin were engaged ten years prior to the start of the series, and their engagement lasted seven years. A Kiss of Shadow, chapter 21, Galen comments that it's been "ten years since I could hold you like this," referring to Merry's seven years with Griffin and her three years in exile. The seven-year engagement is again stated in A Caress of Twilight chapter 17, and in A Stroke of Midnight chapter 02.
  45. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 22.
  46. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 24.
  47. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 04 states they've been lovers for two years.
  48. A Kiss of Shadows, chapter 24 mentions it being October.
  49. A Caress of Twilight, chapter 01, it "was a December night."
  50. 50.0 50.1 Seduced by Moonlight, chapter 17: "I’d normally have worn a shorter skirt, but it was January in St. Louis, and showing off my legs wasn’t worth risking frostbite." Chapter 20: "Besides, the January cold had hit us like a hammer when we stepped out of the plane."
  51. Seduced by Moonlight, end of chapter 8.
  52. Seduced by Moonlight, chapter 06, Meredith brings Maeve back into her godhead.
  53. Seduced By Moonlight, chapter 13 and 14, Meredith gives new powers to Sage.
  54. Seduced by Moonlight, chapter 15 and 16, Doyle is able to shapeshift again.
  55. Seduced by Moonlight, chapter 23, Meredith brings Barinthus back into his godhead.
  56. A Stroke of Midnight, chapter 02: "Where is Prince Cel? No one has seen him in nearly three months." Three months since A Kiss of Shadows, October, which places the time in January.
  57. 57.0 57.1 A Stroke of Midnight, chapter 11: "I was going to need something to wear out into the December cold." Chapter 14: "The police, all flavors, stood in the December cold."
  58. A Lick of Frost, chapter 3 and chapter 29.
  59. A Lick of Frost, chapter 24: When it's revealed that Mistral and Sholto are two of the fathers, Galen says, "But that was a month ago," and Doyle repeats, "A month ago." Chapter 26: When asked how long Merry's been pregnant, she says, "A month, a little more." Chapter 29: When Dr. Hardy asks Merry, "How far along are you?" Merry responds, "Four to five weeks."
  60. Swallowing Darkness, chapter 06.
  61. Divine Misdeamonors is about a month after Swallowing Darkness, as it's been "a month since" Gran's death.
  62. A Shiver of Light, chapter 02, it's "thirty-four weeks into the pregnancy." Merry was pregnant in January, so it would be late August or September.
  63. Seduced By Moonlight, chapter 02.
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