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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: (1 Dec 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759203180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759203181
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Feb 2006
Format: Paperback
I read Laura Kinsale’s “Flowers From The Storm” which blew me away and instantly resolved to read everything else she’d done. If they were anywhere near as good as Flowers, I’d be delighted.
The Prince Of Midnight was the first that I found and I settled down to read it with great anticipation. I was surprised how different it was to Flowers – initially set in France with a strange man, S T Maitland, and his pet wolf. The heroine Leigh Strachan was throughout aloof, changeable, confused, and this was written well. She searches out Maitland to ask him to train her in his skills (he was a hugely successful highwayman known as the Prince of Midnight) so that she can have revenge on the man who started a cult in her home village and eventually caused the deaths of her family.
Unfortunately for Leigh, once she meets S T Maitland she soon discovers that he is a shell of his former self with problems of physical balance and deafness in one ear. She almost gives up immediately but falls sick with a fever and ends up stuck in his house with him tending her. Eventually they travel back to England with him still unsteady on his feet in order for him to help her with her revenge – for what it’s worth.
Laura Kinsale writes well when she describes human weaknesses and failings. We see into Maitland’s mind, his devastation at the loss of his skills in swordplay and riding because of his problem with balance; we also see into his heart as he trains a pony to do tricks in order to make her valuable and save her from the knackers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug 2005
Format: Paperback
I am not an avid reader of romances, but this book just blew me away.
Leigh Strachan, whose family has been murdered goes to France to find the legendary highwayman S T Maitland who lives there in exile, wanting him to teach her his art so that she can return and avenge her family. However, the man she finds is deaf in one ear, has problems keeping his balance and in general, is very different from what she expected.
S T fall in love with Leigh almost immediatel, although she is traumatised by the loss of her family and has blocked all her emotions.
During an adventurous trip back to England to avenge her family the two slowly get to know each other. The way they both overcome their fear of love and companionship and how they finally get together is described in a very sensitive and understanding way.
Lika all of the books by Laura Kinsale I have read, this is much more than just a love story it is the story of two people finding who they are.
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By Venetia on 8 Aug 2013
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I loved S.T. Maitland but had some problems with Leigh who I frequently found irritating. One gradually comes to understand why she behaves as she does but would still like to tell her to take a reality check. Ms Kinsale's writing is skilful and the story evolves at a thoughtful pace. There are also some positively gut-wrenching moments that leave you nervous of turning the page. I'll be reading more of Ms Kinsale's work.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
A must-read, five star keeper 14 Nov 1998
By K. Smiley - Published on
Format: Paperback
Is it possible to read a Laura Kinsale book without feeling captured, body and soul, and held prisoner for 400 pages? In this story, S.T. Maitland, a legendary English highwayman--dangerous and larger than life--has been brought to his knees by an explosion which renders him deaf in one ear and racked by sudden, debilitating bouts of vertigo that leave him staggering, nauseous and wretched. S.T. exiles himself to a decrepit French castle to lick his wounds and mark his days in monotonous anonymity with his only companion, a strange half-wild, half-tame wolf named Nemo. Into this suspended life comes Leigh Strachan, a damaged but beautiful young woman bent on avenging the deaths of her parents and sisters. She seeks the Prince of Midnight to aid her in her plans for revenge. What she finds is not her Seigneur de Minuit, but a shattered hero of the night, seemingly incapable of helping either her or himself. Their journey of discovery is told in some of the richest prose I have encountered since Pat Conroy's Prince of Tides. This is storytelling at its best and will leave you breathless to the end.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Rates more than 5 stars! 17 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am retired and have the time to read about 3 books a week. I found this book on our local library's free exchange rack. I had never read any of Ms. Kinsale's books and didn't realize till now what I have been missing. I have read a few 5 star rated books lately which can't hold a candle to her writing. So if I could I would rate this closer to a 10. The story covers so much of interest that I couldn't put this down and finished it in 2 days. S.T. is the sweetest hero ever. The story brings in training of horses like the famous Lippizan stallions, Marquis de Sade and the Hellfire Club, religious fanatics, inner ear damage leaving deafness and loss of equilibrium. A man hopelessly in love and a woman bent on revenge, quite the switch. As you can tell I loved this book and her spellbinding storytelling. I can't wait to find more of her books and this is going on my keeper shelf.{:o} But I will return another book to the library to keep me honest.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent Book - Horrible Printing Job 13 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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This is a wonderful story of a heart-hardened heroine and a flawed, romantic, optimistic hero who rises to the occasion. Not only is this beautifully written, but there is a nice flip of roles. He is aching to be in love and she is desperately afraid if it, not just with him but with his horses and his wolf sidekick as well. The only really disappointing thing about this particular printing is the lack of respect for the written word. Whoever is responsible for printing this edition ( should be ashamed of themselves. I have never seen so many typos in anything. There must be well over a hundred mistakes in this book. Sometimes two and three on a page. Some of these mistakes made it hard to understand the intent of the author. Really a mess. If you can find an old issue read that. The one pictured here should be burned. If I were the author I would sue.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Monseigneur du new favorite hero 15 Aug 2004
By M. I. - Published on
Format: Paperback
God, I LOVED this. Leigh, a desperate English girl, has traveled alone across most of England and France in search of him... Monseigneur du Minuit: The Prince of Midnight. Leigh has lost her loved ones and is desperate and determined to track down and kill the man responsible for the murder of her family. She feels sure that this man known as the Prince of Midnight is the only one that can help her. However, when she does finally come upon him, he is nothing that she was lead to believe. She believed him to be dashing and dangerous, just as the legend of him claimed. What she truly finds is a troubled, lonely, dreamy exile.

Left with no other choice, she accepts his offer of help and together they make their way back to where Leigh once lived, but what is now a town under the control of a madman. The same man that killed her family.

Leigh and S.T.(her prince)face many obstacles and some of them were quite shocking, but when the book finally does come to an end, it is unbearably sweet.

I absolutely fell in love with S.T. He was just so sweet and romantic, and ridiculous, and strong, and brave and just really, really, wonderful. Leigh was harder for me to warm up to. It took me a while to understand her, but eventually I did and her behavior began to make a lot of sense.

The characters in The Prince of Midnight were very well developed and so real. I just loved this story. This is a keeper for me for sure.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
very good, unexpected 1 Jun 2003
By M. Cookson - Published on
Format: Paperback
This seemed like it was going to be a very strange book and, in some ways, very unlike any other romance I've read. There's a former swordsman named S. T. Maitland who's half-deaf and loves to love and be loved, S. T.'s pet wolf who's afraid of women, and Leigh Strachan, a woman who's disguised herself as a man and wants to learn to use a sword so she avenge her family. In an odd sort of role reversal, it's Leigh who wants nothing to do with love and emotions, and S. T. who wants love (although mostly he wants a willing bedpartner). One thing that I noticed about this book that was really different from any other romance I've read was the point of view from which it was told. Most romance novels I've read mainly show things from the woman's point of view, with occaisional passages or chapters from the man's. In this book, that was reversed. It isn't even until the fourth chapter that you get to see anything from Leigh's point of view, or know her actual thoughts. It was interesting, and, although I wasn't sure at first how I'd like it, S. T. was fascinating. The only real problem I had with this book was Leigh, who was often very frusterating. I could understand why she didn't want to open up to S. T. - I though the author got that across quite nicely. However, I got tired of how cruel and cold she could be, and started wishing she'd just learn to trust someone a little. It was a great story, but sometimes Leigh really made me want to scream in frusteration. If I could, I think I would give this book a 4.5.
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