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Midnight Never Come

Format:  Paperback,

394 pages

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publish Date: Jun 2008

ISBN-13: 9780316020299

ISBN-10: 031602029X

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England flourishes under the hand of its Virgin Queen: Elizabeth, Gloriana, last and most powerful of the Tudor monarchs.
But a great light casts a great shadow.
In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above. In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined, in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected only by a few.
Two courtiers, both struggling for royal favor, are about to uncover the secrets that lie behind these two thrones. When the faerie lady Lune is sent to monitor and manipulate Elizabeth's spymaster, Walsingham, her path crosses that of Michael Deven, a mortal gentleman and agent of Walsingham's. His discovery of the "hidden player" in English politics will test Lune's loyalty and Deven's courage alike. Will she betray her Queen for the sake of a world that is not hers? And can he survive in the alien and Machiavellian world of the fae? For only together will they be able to find the source of Invidiana's power -- find it, and break it . . . .
A breathtaking novel of intrigue and betrayal set in Elizabethan England; Midnight Never Come seamlessly weaves together history and the fantastic to dazzling effect.


Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publish Date: Jun 2008
ISBN-13: 9780316020299
ISBN-10: 031602029X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 394
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.78
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780316020299


Review by Library Journal (2008-06-15)

Princess Elizabeth allies with Invidiana, aspiring fairy queen, a partnership that allows both to gain their thrones in parallel Englands. Thirty years later, Michael Devan seeks to rise to the rank of gentleman among the mortals. Resolved to regain the status she lost among the fairies for ceding too much to defeat the Spanish Armada, Lady Lune returns to the mortal court to spy on English spy master Sir Francis Walsingham, who is also Devan's master.

Lune takes the form of Anne Montrose, Devan's fiancee, while he searches for the "hidden player" taking a role in mortal politics. But will their love survive the deception and their conflicting duties to both realms? A deft blending of Elizabethan court intrigue and high fantasy, this debut novel will appeal to fans of Sarah Hoyt's Ill Met by Moonlight and All Night Awake. However, unlike Hoyt's works or Elizabeth Bear's forthcoming Elizabethan fantasies Ink and Steel (see review above) and he'll and Earth, which focus on Marlowe and Shakespeare, Brennan eschews making already-famous figures the protagonists. Instead, she foregrounds the fantasy aspect of alternate history by following original characters as they are pulled into great events and forced to grow into their difficult choices.

-Meredith Schwartz, New York

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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