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Midnight Never Come England flourishes under the hand of its Virgin Queen Elizabeth, Gloriana, last and most powerful of the Tudor monarchsBut a great light casts a great shadowIn 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 fewTwo 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 2.5This is the sort of book which should be right up my alley a historical fantasy, with Elizabeth Tudor, no less, and fae The book has a slow build and stuff didn t really seem to be really interesting until the last, like, 25% of the book.It s an historical fiction with only glimpses of history, and sometimes give in info dumps And a fae story with a different sort of faerie vibe though that s sort of the point of the story, as it goes to some pains to point out that the Onyx Court is no 2.5This is the sort of book which should be right up my alley a historical fantasy, with Elizabeth Tudor, no less, and fae The book has a slow build and stuff didn t really seem to be really interesting until the last, like, 25% of the book.It s an historical fiction with only glimpses of history, and sometimes give in info dumps And a fae story with a different sort of faerie vibe though that s sort of the point of the story, as it goes to some pains to point out that the Onyx Court is not typical for Faerie I also wished they had stuck with the bit of the lore where view spoiler faeries can t outright lie Would ve added an interesting dimension to this story, but instead we have them lying all over the place hide spoiler In general the story uses different bits of faerie lore, but in its own way.It s also an intrigue book, but one where we, the reader, seemed to know everything that was going on, and it was just a matter of watching the characters figure things out This would be ok if the characters themselves were interesting enough to make the story interesting, though I m not sure they were really strong enough, for me, to carry the story.But towards the end we find that things aren t quite as they seemed, and there are hidden depths going on I also grew to appreciate the romance aspect of the story.It was the ending, really, which decided me to give this 3 stars It was pretty much a 2 star book before then and, as always, I reserve the right to change my rating at a future date.One thing I am glad of is that this story, despite being part of a series, does seem to stand well enough on its own I would ve been very annoyed had I come to the end only to find it be one of those stories where book 1 is really on setup for what s yet to come especially since I m not sure even my enjoyment of the ending was enough to make me want to continue the series.ETA There was one aspect of the writing style which was a bit odd We would have memories sections where we saw bits that had happened prior to the story, which set up the events we saw unfolding This would all be well and good, but the memory bits often came after Deven and Lune had themselves discovered those bits of the story So it s like we get the story of what happened, and then we see it again from a different perspective For a book where I felt pacing was a problem, these bits didn t really seem to offer much Or, rather, they would ve been better had they happened as Deven and Lune were learning of them like movies sort of handle flashbacks and not as ancillary pieces Finally, after spending time trying to conceptualize my review of Midnight Never Come, I have come up with the perfect metaphor for how I feel about this book I feel like a Chopped judge I m sorry for anyone who hasn t stumbled upon the food network and watched the show Not just any Chopped judge, mind you, but one who has been presented with a plate of food described as one thing and after one bite the judge knows that that description is untrue In plainer terms they ve been fed a big spi Finally, after spending time trying to conceptualize my review of Midnight Never Come, I have come up with the perfect metaphor for how I feel about this book I feel like a Chopped judge I m sorry for anyone who hasn t stumbled upon the food network and watched the show Not just any Chopped judge, mind you, but one who has been presented with a plate of food described as one thing and after one bite the judge knows that that description is untrue In plainer terms they ve been fed a big spiel of crap.This book wasn t crap, that s not what I m saying I feel mislead, is the heart of the matter This is why I have been scratching my head since reading the epilogue and trying to figure out what the heck happened with the final pages and my expectations Brennan s book is not a seamless melding of historical fiction and fantasy It is historical fiction masquerading as a fae story, and vice versa I know that doesn t make a lot of generic sense so I ll put it this way I wanted to read a story about the fae, I got a story about Elizabeth I had I approached this story looking for a book about Elizabeth s court, I would have been fooled into reading a book about the fae Instead of taking me into the Onyx Court and drawing parallels with Elizabeth s London home, because they are essentially light and dark mirror images of each other, Brennan does the opposite I ve studied the Elizabethan age so I know a lot about it, Brennan knowsAnd I really enjoyed those parts, except when they started taking up the whole story Really, I didn t need to read about Elizabeth s court so that I could draw my own dark conclusions about Invidiana s, I should have been shown the Faerie Queen s so that I could reconcile it with what I know about the real world Phillipa Gregory has made the Tudor s old hat, I didn t need a history lesson, I needed a mythology one You see I was willing to give the story, and the flaws that were ticking me off a little bit, the benefit of the doubt after the pace picked up, that is, after the entire tale was set up in 222 pages It s a 379 page book Even math challenged beings like myself can see the disparateness between those two numbers Pretty much that left a little over 150 pages to get to the big conflict and resolution Both were so abrupt I feel somewhat robbed And the ending was not at all what I was expecting for this book or for the series view spoiler I thought Indiviana would be the SERIES villain, I didn t think she d disappear at the end of this book Why did it take so long to get to her deal with Elizabeth when we knew about it from page 1 hide spoiler Now I feel mislead in a big way And, like many readers, I don t really like that I haven t read the next book but my faith in the author is a little shaken so I m not going to be going in with an open mind, to be perfectly frank I m going in because I feel that after 222 I ve earned somestory since I do know that Deven is in the next book, the ebook, anyway I m just hoping that it doesn t try to bemysterious than it is The Lune banishment explanation took WAY too long to be told, to the point that I didn t even care, and I don t see why it really really mattered But that s just me.The last pages saved this read for me and I feel invested It was a very slow start though I actually picked this up before I ever got into the Lady Trent books, which I have loved so much, but I bought it again when Titan reissued it with a pretty new cover Fired up with enthusiasm for Brennan s work and knowing there s a wait until the next Lady Trent book, I finally decided to read it I was a bit daunted by the length, but in the end that felt perfect just the right amount to dig into The faerie court is interesting, and I enjoy the fact that Brennan kept it period and geograph I actually picked this up before I ever got into the Lady Trent books, which I have loved so much, but I bought it again when Titan reissued it with a pretty new cover Fired up with enthusiasm for Brennan s work and knowing there s a wait until the next Lady Trent book, I finally decided to read it I was a bit daunted by the length, but in the end that felt perfect just the right amount to dig into The faerie court is interesting, and I enjoy the fact that Brennan kept it period and geography appropriate in terms of which sorts of fae were present Genre wise, it feelslike historical fiction than fantasy, in the sense that I think the pacing and politicking belongs to a historical novel, and the fantasy is situated within that historical context rather than the other way round.To me, reading it that way, the pacing was mostly really good, though some of Michael Deven s sections were frustratingly disconnected from the main plot partly by their mundanity, and partly because Michael isn t a major player or even properly clued in for a lot of the book Lune s sections work better because she isaware of the situation on a macro level, and though her goal is personal advancement, at least her eyes are open to the wider implications of what she s involved in.The only part that didn t quite work for me was Michael and Lune s relationship I felt a little lukewarm about them individually, so it didn t add up to muchwith them together, and so parts of the plot which relied on their relationship fell a little bit flat for me I was reallyinterested in some of the background, the history of Invidiana, the links between the courts, etc But overall it still worked pretty well for me, and I m excited to readin this universe I suspect it ll get better as it goes along, too, knowing how much I enjoy Brennan s most recent work.Originally posted here Beneath Elizabethan London, there is a hidden city, where the faerie queen Invidiana holds court The deal she made with Queen Elizabeth long ago draws mortal Michael Deven and fae Lady Lune, each seeking to gain knowledge and power, into a deadly web of political intrigue which tangles their fates and the fates of their courts together I liked Brennan s previous two books Doppelganger and Warrior and Witch, recently reissued as Warrior and Witch a lot and have been looking forward to thi Beneath Elizabethan London, there is a hidden city, where the faerie queen Invidiana holds court The deal she made with Queen Elizabeth long ago draws mortal Michael Deven and fae Lady Lune, each seeking to gain knowledge and power, into a deadly web of political intrigue which tangles their fates and the fates of their courts together I liked Brennan s previous two books Doppelganger and Warrior and Witch, recently reissued as Warrior and Witch a lot and have been looking forward to this one for a while it doesn t disappoint Instead of using the Seelie vs Unseelie Courts situation which is perhaps overly common in faerie related fiction, Brennan has created a beautifully English feeling fae court with allusions to counterparts in other countries which she weaves seamlessly into her excellent depiction of Elizabethan London Similarly, she mixes her fictional characters nicely with historical people I thought her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth especially convincing In terms of complexity of setting and plot, particularly, I think this is a step up from Warrior and Witch, and I really look forward to seeing Brennan s next book about the Onyx Court which is apparently to be set around the time of the Great Fire

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