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Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan
Review by Gayle Surrette
Orbit Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316020299
Date: 09 June 2008 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

While in the tower, Elizabeth made a pack with Invidiana, Queen of the London Faerie. The pack would bind the two kingdoms in a way that would gain them both the power they wanted. But time passes, and what might seem a good bargain when faced with death does not seem so beneficial when you are forced to do another's bidding. Invidiana rules her kingdom with an iron fist and keeps control over events by manipulating the land above. Tiresias, the human seer in the elven court, tells Lune that the bargain hurts both courts and must be broken and she must decide how or if it can be done. But a misstep could bring a punishment that would make her wish for death.

Lune, once a waiting woman to Invidiana, has now lost power in the court. She is barely holding onto her rooms and dignity. She's sent by Vidar to spy upon Walsingham in the human court. She jumps at the chance for it might be her way to win back the queen's regard.

Michael Deven has big plans for himself. He's gained the first move. He is now one of Elizabeth's Gentlemen Pensioners. He's also found a woman he hopes to make his wife; it's Lune in her human guise.

These two people must find a way to save their respective courts. The bargain must be broken and they must find a way to do it. Luckily, Michael has the support of his queen. Lune must manage her task with being found out by her queen and her allies.

Normally, I take notes or underline while reading for a review so I'll have the facts handy. I got so involved in the tale that I completely forgot to do so. Going back to find names and dates and events, I found myself re-reading sections. It's definitely a thinking person's fantasy novel. The real world events are woven into the narrative and plotline. The characters are fully developed and this version of faerie a solid development of legend, myth, and the creativity of the writer.

Midnight takes place between 1588 and 1590, and gives us a fascinating look at history mixed with myth. If you love Elizabethan based fantasy, you're going to truly enjoy, Marie Brennan's Midnight Never Come.

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