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Midnight Never Come
by Marie Brennan
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…
You’ve probably seen me mention once or twice that I’m a huge history nerd, and in particular I have a slight obsession with the Tudor era which is the era of history I fell in love with when I was very young after my dad told me about Henry VIII and his six wives. Naturally I love fiction set during this era even though I’m rarely drawn to novels set at the Tudor court, but I love the sound of this one which places the Elizabethan court parallel with the unseen fae court.
I’ve been enjoying Brennan’s Lady Trent series via audiobook but I’ve had a copy of Midnight Never Come for at least a couple of years now, so it’s about time I got to it!
Are there any periods of history you gravitate towards when you have a craving for historical fiction?
This week I’m joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I’ve been reading recently!
Last night I decided to carry on with Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, which I read the first chapter of a couple of months ago and then put aside for something else. King of Scars is out really soon and, as you all know, I adored Six of Crows last year, but I can’t read Bardugo’s new duology without reading this trilogy first. Well, I could, but I don’t want to. I’m not enjoying it anywhere near as much as I enjoyed Six of Crows, but I also never expected I would; I’d expect an author to improve their craft with each book, so it’d be cruel of me to compare Bardugo’s debut with one of her best novels. It’s a quick, easy read so far, though, so I’m hoping to finish it up in the next couple of days!
I don’t read huge amounts of poetry but it’s something I’m trying to read more of, and I’m always particularly drawn to poetry that incorporates fairy tales, myths and legends in some way – which is why I enjoyed Matthew Francis’s The Mabinogi last year. Last night I read Bragr by Ross Cogan, a collection inspired by Norse mythology that also touched on today’s ecological issues, and I liked it a lot!
I’ve actually ordered a signed copy of King of Scars that I’m so excited for and I don’t want to have to wait too long once it’s released to read it because I know everyone else’s reviews will drive me crazy, so once I read Shadow and Bone I’m going to jump straight into Siege and Storm and continue with the trilogy. I’ve heard a lot of people say the second book is the best book in the trilogy, so I’m looking forward to it!