[PDF / Epub] ★ Midnight Never Come (Onyx Court, #1) ✈ Marie Brennan – Vejega.info

[PDF / Epub] ★ Midnight Never Come (Onyx Court, #1)  ✈ Marie Brennan – Vejega.info Read to explore historical fantasy.This story is set in Elizabethan England, positing a fae court mirroring Elizabeth s The English queen and the faerie queen are bound by a pact, which in the story s present around 1590 is having bad effects on both realms, prompting a mortal man who spies for Walsingham and a faerie lady who spies for her own people to join forces to break the pact.This was a very easy read, and I could appreciate that a wealth of historical research had gone into the sto Read to explore historical fantasy.This story is set in Elizabethan England, positing a fae court mirroring Elizabeth s The English queen and the faerie queen are bound by a pact, which in the story s present around 1590 is having bad effects on both realms, prompting a mortal man who spies for Walsingham and a faerie lady who spies for her own people to join forces to break the pact.This was a very easy read, and I could appreciate that a wealth of historical research had gone into the story Brennan gives the appearance of knowing Elizabethan London like the back of her hand All the same, it was hard to care about the characters or their stories the book felt extremely superficial to me.Overall I was surprised and pleased by the novel s respectful treatment of religion I was also rather relieved that apart from some mild innuendo and one or two isolated uses of bad language, the book was overall very clean.I d call it inoffensive but bland In 1588, England flourishes under the rein of Queen Elizabeth, but deep in the hidden catacombs beneath London, a second queen reins Invidiana, the cruel, cold hearted ruler of faerie England Above ground, Deven enters Elizabeth s court while below ground, Lune is cast from Invidiana s court, and when the two are drawn together they must discover the secret bond that joins the two monarchsand break it Midnight Never Come is a historical fantasy which takes full advantage of both parts, spinni In 1588, England flourishes under the rein of Queen Elizabeth, but deep in the hidden catacombs beneath London, a second queen reins Invidiana, the cruel, cold hearted ruler of faerie England Above ground, Deven enters Elizabeth s court while below ground, Lune is cast from Invidiana s court, and when the two are drawn together they must discover the secret bond that joins the two monarchs and break it Midnight Never Come is a historical fantasy which takes full advantage of both parts, spinning out a vivid story of faerie magic which is intimately bound by English politics Intelligent, skillfully written, but a bit tied up in research, this is a solidly good book that never quite manages to be exceptional I recommend it.Brennan has done a remarkable job researching and conceptualizing her England, where human and faerie courts mirror each other but thorough research is at once a strength and a weakness as Midnight Never Come becomes somewhat tied up by history Infrequent flashbacks, many of which recount real events, seem like welcome historical background but most of them are unnecessary deviations that carry the reader away from the book s plot and towards a greater historical arc The omniscient narrative voice is already rather distant and cold compounded by these deviations, Midnight Never Come drifts further and further away from the emotional heart of the book that is, the characters As a result, the historical setting is authentic and the faerie court is realistically conceived within it, and so setting and plot are strong But these large aspects eclipse local aspects, and so the characters remain underdeveloped.Limited emotional impact aside, Midnight Never Come is an intelligent, enjoyable, and constantly strong book Brennan s voice is somewhat distant, but it also eloquent, spelling out noble, fluent sentences which work alongside history to build the book s setting and tone Her faeries are grounded in mythology, and have both realistic faults and otherworldy appeal Midnight Never Come s plot ranges from historical to fantastical, a balance of courtly intrigue and faerie magic, dotted by a few character cameos from historical England Events are pleasantly overshadowed but the plot stays a few steps ahead of the reader so that there are always twists and turns to keep it interesting Best of all, the historical and magical elements flow smoothly into one another such that even with an underground faerie court, even with a somewhat unwelcome deus ex machina the book is a plausible, convincing whole.I read Brennan s journal , but this was my first chance to read one of her books and I m glad I did If the concept of faeries within Elizabethan England intrigues you as it did me, then I certainly recommend Midnight Never Come With a lovely writing style, realistic characters, and a brilliantly imagined plot which meshes faerie and historical England with nary a seam, Brennan delivers on the potential that her book promises It never quite manages to become exceptional and the characters are distanced, but all told Midnight Never Come is a solid and enjoyable read I recommend it, and look forward to Brennan s other novels especially those which combine the faerie world with human history 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 This is an elegantly written historical fantasy about two queens and two courts, the mortal one of Elizabeth I, and the fae, known as the Onyx Court, of Invidiana The two courts are linked both by physical proximity the Onyx Court is beneath the city of London and by an arrangement between the two monarchs when Invidiana raises the young Elizabeth to the throne There are fae spies at the mortal court, and mortal pets at the faerie court, but how the two courts are otherwise linked takes aw This is an elegantly written historical fantasy about two queens and two courts, the mortal one of Elizabeth I, and the fae, known as the Onyx Court, of Invidiana The two courts are linked both by physical proximity the Onyx Court is beneath the city of London and by an arrangement between the two monarchs when Invidiana raises the young Elizabeth to the throne There are fae spies at the mortal court, and mortal pets at the faerie court, but how the two courts are otherwise linked takes awhile to unfold The novel concerns the adventures of Michael Deven, one of Elizabeth s pensioners, and the Lady Lune, one of Invidiana s spies The first part of the book is devoted to these characters struggle for upward mobility and Lune in particular to make up for a botched deal she made with the people of the sea At the beginning, the book is merely interesting full of court intrigue and rich with both Elizabethan politics and British faerie lore, but the characters a bit difficult to warm up to I found this a bit of an issue with Brennan s previous books as well, because she is better at showing us what her characters think than what they feel This is particularly problematic with Deven, who at one point is broken hearted over a love we had little chance to see him feel Not that the protagonists aren t likable, butthe literary equivalent of reserved, taking awhile to move from objects of interest to objects of sympathy They do so around the same time that the plot picks up, transforming the book from interesting to compelling to unputdownable Your intellect and imagination may be engaged before your heartstrings are, but by the end of the novel, you should be satisfied all around With her latest book, Brennan has moved fromtraditional sword sorcery to intricate historical fantasy Anyone wanting or expectingof the same might be disappointed I was not Set in the late 16th century, Midnight Never Comes opens with a pact between two women who will soon become the most powerful rulers in England Elizabeth the Virgin Queen, and Invidiana, faerie ruler of the Onyx Court below London The Onyx Court is a dark shadow of the city above, a secret place of crue With her latest book, Brennan has moved fromtraditional sword sorcery to intricate historical fantasy Anyone wanting or expectingof the same might be disappointed I was not Set in the late 16th century, Midnight Never Comes opens with a pact between two women who will soon become the most powerful rulers in England Elizabeth the Virgin Queen, and Invidiana, faerie ruler of the Onyx Court below London The Onyx Court is a dark shadow of the city above, a secret place of cruelty and deception One member of Invidiana s court, a faerie named Lune, struggles to regain the favor of her queen by spying on events above Lune s counterpart is the human courtier Michael Deven, who has been tasked by spymaster Francis Walsingham with finding the hidden player influencing Queen Elizabeth As Lune and Deven discover the secrets behind Invidiana s power and the true nature of the faerie queen s pacts, they must choose whether to work together, risking everything to try to break Invidiana s rule Lune was aappealing character to me, in part I think because her stakes were higher Whereas Deven starts out trying to secure a position in Elizabeth s court, Lune serves atemperamental and dangerous ruler in a court that makes human politics look as simplistic and straightforward as the squabbling of preschoolers Watching Lune navigate that court, seeing her fall and struggle to rise again, leaves Deven feeling a little bland by comparison I confess to being a poor historian, but even to my eye it s clear Brennan has done a great deal of research for this book Every detail is meticulous and precise, evoking not a generic English fantasy setting but a very real and concrete place and time Brennan blends historical detail with the fantastic so smoothly I barely noticed the seams This is a book that invites you to slow down and savor Broken into five acts, each act buildstension, moving from a relatively leisurely introduction toward a muchfocused struggle in the final act By the end, I had a hard time closing the book, and lost quite a bit of sleep as things came to a climax If you re looking for nonstop action and excitement, this may not be the book for you But if you want rich worldbuilding and a story you can truly immerse yourself in, I d recommend picking this one up MIDNIGHT NEVER COMESet during the reign of Elizabeth I, Midnight Never Come tells of two Englands one a realm of mortals ruled by Elizabeth, and one a realm of fairies, ruled by the heartless and exceedingly ruthless Invidiana The two realms and the two rulers are linked by a pact which brought both queens to their thrones But while Elizabeth has no interest in interfering with Invidiana and her subjects, the fairy queen s agenda leads her to both help and hinder Elizabeth She has spies in t MIDNIGHT NEVER COMESet during the reign of Elizabeth I, Midnight Never Come tells of two Englands one a realm of mortals ruled by Elizabeth, and one a realm of fairies, ruled by the heartless and exceedingly ruthless Invidiana The two realms and the two rulers are linked by a pact which brought both queens to their thrones But while Elizabeth has no interest in interfering with Invidiana and her subjects, the fairy queen s agenda leads her to both help and hinder Elizabeth She has spies in the mortal court, and has manipulated events in such a way that Elizabeth has sometimes had no choice but to act as Invidiana chooses, not as she would choose herself.Because much of the plot hinges on politics and espionage we see little of the pageantry and color of Elizabeth s court, but we do get to see its darker corners, and meet some of history s most fascinating characters, like Doctor John Dee.The protagonists of the tale are Lune, who hopes to better her precarious position within the cut throat politics of Invididana s Onyx Court by accepting an assignment to disguise herself as a mortal and spy on the humans, and Michael Deven, a young Englishman whose family has recently been elevated to the gentry, and whose ambitions lead him to work for Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth s spymaster It is inevitable, of course, that these two should meet, and that their agendas should clash over developing events The difference is that Lune knows most of what is afoot, and for much of the book Michael is ignorant However, once he is assigned to uncover a suspected secret influence on the queen, it is not in his nature to leave any possibilities unexplored The pacing of the first part of the story is slow, as Brennan sets up past and present events Just as I was becoming interested in one group of characters, she would switch to another But I have some familiarity with the period and with fairy lore and I was intrigued by the way she wove real events so cleverly with the folklore Then, about halfway through the book, when the various strands of the plot began to come together, and when the personalities of the main characters wereestablished, the story itself became considerablycompelling As well as Invidiana s role in manipulating English politics, there is the mystery of her own origins, the creation of the vast underground Onyx Court, and her ascension to the throne, which Lune and Michael join forces to discover There is also a developing romance, where I would have liked to seedepth of emotion, but the tragedy inherent in a mortal and an immortal falling in love are sufficiently obvious, perhaps the author decided to leave that aspect to the readers imaginations.Brennan is able to inject quite a bit of darkness and suspense, without resorting to much in the way of violence or gore Vicious and ruthless as the fairy queen is, it is the subtlety of her methods and punishments that makes her the most dangerous Overall, I found this a clever and entertaining book, and went straight toafter finishing it, to order the sequel This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Midnight Never Come is a tale of twos Two Courts Mortal Faerie Two Queens Elizabeth I of England Invidiana of the Onyx Court Two Bindings A Curse A Pact Two Identities the faerie Lady Lune her mortal glamour Anne Montrose Invidiana Suspiria The moral court is the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England At the start of the story Elizabeth is her prime as monarch Her kingdom is secure thanks to the defeat of the Spanish Armada, but she is plagued by the Midnight Never Come is a tale of twos Two Courts Mortal Faerie Two Queens Elizabeth I of England Invidiana of the Onyx Court Two Bindings A Curse A Pact Two Identities the faerie Lady Lune her mortal glamour Anne Montrose Invidiana Suspiria The moral court is the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England At the start of the story Elizabeth is her prime as monarch Her kingdom is secure thanks to the defeat of the Spanish Armada, but she is plagued by the recent execution of her cousin Queen Mary of Scotland She feels managed by another and dislikes it The faerie court is ruled by the tyrannical Queen Invidiana Her court is attended by the Lady Lune, who is recently fallen out of Invidiana s favor Lune negotiated a pact with the sea folk to assist the mortal court in the defeat of the Spanish, but overstepped her boundaries when she promised peace Lune is ostracized by Invidiana, but nobly wants to regain favor In so doing, she takes a task to infiltrate the court of Queen Elizabeth by assuming the identity of Anne Montrose.In Queen Elizabeth s court the Lord Walsingham controls the security of the empire through secrecy and espionage Master John Deven seeks to gain social status and courtly favor by working for Walsingham Walingham suspects that the Elizabeth is being influenced by an outsider and he and Deven attempt to solve the puzzle Deven is courting Anne Montrose and he benignly feeds her information regarding the mortal court Deven is in love with Anne and asks for her hand in marriage, but is refused with little explanation Anne disappears and Deven searches for her by using Walsingham s contacts Deven finds Anne Lune and learns of her dual identity and her mission to spy on Elizabeth Deven feels betrayed and is hurt Lune s deception, but looks past it to help undo the pact that is hurting both courts The pact between Elizabeth and Invidiana was made while Elizabeth sat in the Tower under the imprisonment of Queen Mary I The pact binds Elizabeth to Invidiana in exchange for securing the English crown Deven and Lune learn of Invidiana s true identity and the curse she tried to lift by creating the Onyx Court But the creation of the Onyx court was also formed by the pact made with Elizabeth Undoing one would undo the other With the help of mystical advisers, the spirit of the river Thames, angels, wise brownies, and other fae the Onyx Court is released from Invidiana and the pact with Elizabeth is broken Lune with Deven by her side will rule the Onyx Court and coexist with the mortals of London.Firstly, Midnight Never Come is my kind of story Elizabethan historical fantasy And Brennan really gets it right The detail and accuracy of this story is phenomenal I can t imagine exactly how much research when into this, but I bet it tooktime to research the story than to actually write it I loved the characterization of the faeries and mortal courtiers You really feel like you get to know the characters well, but aren t daunted by minutia The settings are beautifully descriptive, but not overpowering The plot is intricate, severe, and you can feel the risk But the plot themes are loosely tied and I feel like it could have been backed up byaction and explanation There were a couple instances where I needed to re read something to make sure I caught all of the details The language is a bit overwhelming and if all of the historical facts weren t accurate I d call it pretentious If it twere packed full of tws, twould ve been twerrific guess that movie No really, I could stomach it, but twas too much Anyway, Midnight Never Come isn t a simple Sunday afternoon book, but it s enjoyable if it s your type of book If not, stay away When I first discovered this book, I honestly believed it may have been the most perfect fantasy book ever created Firstly, it takes place during Elizabethan England, one of my favorite periods in English history Secondly, it is about the Fey, and I feel that too few authors write truly great books about faeries.When I got hold of it, I was immediately disappointed The protagonists of Lune female fey and Michael Devan male mortal were not particularly interesting and the stories of both c When I first discovered this book, I honestly believed it may have been the most perfect fantasy book ever created Firstly, it takes place during Elizabethan England, one of my favorite periods in English history Secondly, it is about the Fey, and I feel that too few authors write truly great books about faeries.When I got hold of it, I was immediately disappointed The protagonists of Lune female fey and Michael Devan male mortal were not particularly interesting and the stories of both courts were kept entirely separate I actually put the book down for several days and didn t keep reading.However, the book is separated into 5 acts and, past the first act, the book immediately tightens up and becomesinteresting It was at this point that I came to the blissful realization that this book was just as perfect as I hoped it would be The characters are wonderful, the story well paced, the romance touching without being cloying, and I beyond delighted to learn that there is a second book in the series In the meantime, Marie Brennan s website has a novella, Deeds of Men , available for download.A brilliant book A truly beautiful weaving of history and fantasy 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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