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  • Paperback: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841497177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841497174
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stunningly conceived and exquisitely achieved, this rich historical fantasy portrays the Elizabethan court 30 years into the reign of the Virgin Queen. With intriguing flashbacks to historical events, Brennan fleshes out the primal conflict of love and honour (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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MIDNIGHT NEVER COME seamlessly weaves together Elizabethan history and the fantastic to dazzling effect.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 7 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Under Walsingham's sponsorship, Michael Deven is admitted to the Gentlemen Pensioners (men who guard the Queen at court). Ambitious to rise in his station, Michael is taken into Walsingham's confidence regarding a 'hidden player' guiding the hand of Elizabeth and seeks to discover who this hidden player could be. In doing so he meets Anne Montrose, lady in waiting to Countess Warwick who shares his concerns and offers assistance and with whom he falls in love.

Lady Lune, a courtier to the faerie queen Invidiana (whose court exists in parallel to Elizabeth's) is in disgrace for making a bad bargain with the sea faeries in return for their defeating the Spanish Armada. Desperate to redeem herself, she is tasked to spy on Walsingham and attempt to gain leverage over him but is distracted by Tiresias, a mortal in service to Invidiana who suffers visions of the future. Tiresias tells Lune to find Francis Merriman as he is the only one who knows how Invidiana came to ascend the throne of her Onyx Court and wreck an awful tyranny over the English faeries.

Lune and Michael's investigations coincide with each other. They come to realise that they need the help of the other if they are to bring down Invidiana's rule while preserving Elizabeth's.

A deftly researched book, with some wonderful period detail with regard to the politics and intrigue of Elizabeth's court and faerie folklore, the research never overpowers the story and Brennan's world building makes for a fascinating read. Because Brennan's interest is in the unravelling of a political mystery, the events in the book unfold quite slowly, which may put off those who prefer their historical fantasy to contain more action, although there some set-piece fight scenes that are exciting to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 July 2008
Format: Paperback
An Elizabethan spy mystery that interweaves the world of the fey with that of humankind. Wonderfully creative, excellently presented and a tale that will keep you wondering as to the politics right up to the last page when everything still seems to be up in the air. Not only is this set to bring a new style of genre to the fore but also allowing possible sequels that will allow the world that's been revealed to be fully explored by the reader. Excellent research has also been conducted into the various branches of fey so that everything was there from Fairy Queens to Brownies from Mermen/women through to the Wild Hunt. Excellent written with reference to many a British myth and a tale worth the exploration by any curious readers.
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By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 27 July 2008
Format: Paperback
This is definitely one of the greatest and most exciting books I have ever read! Marie Brennan does a superb job at keeping the reader 'hooked' until the very end!

Some great dialogue in this that just makes the reader sit up and take notice! One soon finds that one is extremely interested in what the characters have to say. This novel has vast elements of both atmosphere and fantasy that one does not always understand or follow at times, but is so beautifully written and so interesting, one is enthralled by the imaginative fluency of the narrative.

At only one point in the book it got a little too political for me, but this soon gave way to the former style of writing - and to that style in which it continues thereafter. At about the 200 page mark, the story simply races along at an alarming pace that gives the reader a sudden adrenaline rush! It really kicks off when Michael Deven visits the 'Necromancer' and the dialogue becomes simply riveting!

This is truly a magical novel with some incredible atmosphere that is created in the underground palace of the Onyx Hall that lies beneath old Elizabethan London. One can feel the presence of the 'fae' and the damp air as the characters weave their way through the numerous halls and passageways amid the flickering glow of the burning torches - a great style of writing!

I found one of the most moving parts to be when Lune asks forgiveness and mercy from God's Angel and undergoes a dramatic personality change as a consequence.

This is a wonderful and exciting read that races along with no time to get bored!

Great stuff - and just the way I like it!!
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By The Purple Hermit on 28 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read Elizabethan novels before, but none were quite as imaginative as this one. the caption 'A Great Light Casts a Great Shadow' is really good for the story. Invidiana is a great character. honestly. i have a weak spot for the almighty villains. The romance wasn't really elaborated on and we get ((***SPOILER ALERT***)) Henry's father lecturing him about getting a wife and suddenly he's snogging a woman. Anne Montrose is not properly introduced into the story, and I thought that that was a bit of a let-down. loved this book, though.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Read Me on 29 Aug. 2008
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The young Michael Deven is our guide to the Court of Elizabeth I, after the defeat of the Spanish Armada Deven seeks a place among Elizabeth's supporters, particularly seeking out her spymaster Walsingham. Walsingham provides Deven with a mission - discover the secret player who manipulates the Queen. Not an easy task, as nothing is as it seems.
Parallel to the Elizabethan Court is the Onyx Court, the Court of faerie Queen Invidiana. A ruthless and evil Queen who is the missing link that Deven seeks. While Deven attempts to find the answers for his mission Lady Lune (a disgraced member of the Onyx Court) is trying to salvage her position while avoiding the wrath of her vicious Queen. As their paths cross they both find themselves tangled in the futures of Elizabeth and Invidiana.
Brennan writes a skillful depiction of Elizabethan London, with enough historical details to give the novel the right atmosphere. Intrigue, deception, politics and bargains are all at play within both Royal Courts. If you like the Elizabethan period or are interested in faerie and folklore then this book should be a happy balance for you as it provides both. The only reason I don't rate it higher is because it feels unfinished - the characters have more to do and hopefully a sequel would leave this feeling more complete.
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