Well-researched, well-crafted and impressive,
This review is from: Midnight Never Come (Paperback)
As a History student I was initially drawn to the book by a mention of Christopher Marlowe, however, the book itself offered a great deal more. The basic plot is of course fantasy but the attention to detail and intrigues of the royal courts both above and below London are well-observed and rendered into a very readable narrative. This is an excellent piece of writing about Elizabethan times; it has considerable authenticity in terms of setting and in simple terms blows anything else I have read in a similar vein by US authors out of the water.
I enjoy a story which has a strong factual basis and then spins a web of 'what if' across it (I loved 'The Anubis Gate' and 'Declare' by Tim Powers for the same reason although his work is slightly darker). This book exceeded my expectations and in my opinion proves the adage that a book should not be judged by its cover (which in this case hints at something far more in the 'chick-lit canon).
I was impressed and after this introduction will be reading more of Brennan's work. I rarely write reviews of books here but in this case I hope that more people take a look at work by this talented author.