Author: Marie Brennan
Genres [according to Goodreads]:
Fantasy > Paranormal > Urban Fantasy > Historical Fiction > Fairies
Published/Publisher: June 9th 2008/Orbit
Format Read In: Paperback
Summary From Goodreads:
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…
My Review :
“Once we love, we cannot revoke it,’ she said. ‘We can only glory in what it brings — pain as well as joy, grief as well as hope.” – Lune; Midnight Never Come, M. Brennan
After reading this book, I found myself so surprised to have ever found it in the bargain bin. Excellent storyline, good characterization, and very little plot points that caused confusion. I was very much attracted to, and at first wary of, a mix between history and fantasy. This doesn’t always end up working out well in a novel. But I really felt that M. Brennan did a remarkable job in balancing the two genres, and interlocking the lives of the human court and the fay court, all the while sprinkling a bit of religious mythology. The characters were easy to grasp, though they had their own interesting faults, the romance wasn’t shoved down your throat; you slid into it relatively with ease, and the villain was captivating. A great read! I am so glad I found it!
My Rating: 4/5