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on 9 July 2003
'Catching Midnight' is a sensual and enticing story about Gillian, a young, immortal shape-shifter who hungers for knowledge, love and freedom. She escapes from her own kind into a world still superstitious and simple enough to remember the legends of unearthly beautiful creatures, and falls under the thrall of a less than physically perfect man, Aimery Fitz Clare. Horribly scarred in battle, feared by all as savage and wild, Aimery is in fact gentle and tender and Gillian is irresistibly drawn to his strength and kindness.
She is also drawn into a seething pot of jealousy and obsession, with his elder brother, Edmund envious of Aimery's achievements and Edmund's wife tormented with lust and desire for her elusive brother-in-law. When Gillian and Aimery finally give in to their need for each other, their passion is scorching and all-consuming.
As usual, Emma Holly has built a cast of exciting and intriguing characters around the two lovers, not least the mysterious and dangerous Nim Wei. Set much earlier than her previous books, in 14th century Scotland, the element of fantasy reminded me a little of Dara Joy's 'Rejar', and I was totally transported to Gillian and Aimery's world where creatures change shape, read minds and struggle with their consciences and desires. I loved it!!
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on 11 May 2003
Catching Midnight is a departure from "Beyond Innocence" & "Beyond Seduction", going from Victorian England to the Middle Ages (although you wouldn't necessarily realise this from the language & attitudes of the characters). It's a good story, interesting and fairly sensual, and by any other author.....
Briefly, Gillian is "turned" by shape-shifting immortals when only 10 years old. She reaches maturity, and begins her journey of independance & discovery. However, as usually seems to happen, she falls for the first (human) man she sees, Aimery, and they have to fight jealousy & mistrust to get their happy-ever-after.
Unfortunately, Gillian is just not very interesting - some feat, considering she is a supernatural being. She wanders round accidentally discovering that she has vast powers, without any guidance, but all that is incidental to rest of the story it seems. A lot of the other characters are frankly more interesting, Nim Wei especially, and Aimery makes a fine hero, although you can't quite work out why he's so taken with Gillian.
The sex is also dull & superficial. Sorry, but it is. There's not much of it, and what there is is treated in a very wham-bam way - there's very little depth or exploration, and yet, frustratingly, there's just so much scope in the characters!
It's as if Emma Holly had an interesting idea, and wanted to write a book about upyrs and shape-shifters & so on, and was obliged to work with a standard formula to ensure the book sold. A bit disappointing.
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on 19 May 2003
'Catching Midnight' is a sensual and enticing story - just as I have come to expect and enjoy from Emma Holly.
Gillian, a young, immortal shape-shifting 'upyr' hungers not for the taste of human blood, but for knowledge, love and freedom. She escapes from her own kind into a world still superstitious and simple enough to remember the legends of unearthly beautiful creatures, and falls under the thrall of a less than physically perfect man, Aimery Fitz Clare. Horribly scarred in battle, feared by all as savage and wild, Aimery is in fact gentle and tender and Gillian is irresistibly drawn to his strength and kindness. She is also drawn into a seething pot of jealousy and obsession, with his elder brother Edmund envious of Aimery’s achievements and Edmund’s wife tormented with lust and desire for her brother-in-law. When Gillian and Aimery finally give in to their need for each other, their passion is scorching and all-consuming.
As usual, Emma Holly has built a cast of exciting and intriguing characters around the two lovers, not least the mysterious and dangerous Nim Wei. Set much earlier than her previous books, in 14th century Scotland, the element of fantasy reminded me a little of Dara Joy’s ‘Rejar’, and I was totally transported to Gillian and Aimery’s world where creatures change shape, read minds and struggle with their consciences and desires. I loved it!!
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