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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 Article /

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.

From official release/information:

Book Description: 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.

(Source: Orbit)

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