Title: Midnight Never Come
Author: Marie Brennan
Release Date: 1 May 2008
It’s probably wrong to compare the film Stardust to Midnight Never Come but it might be a good shorthand to the mix of magic and reality that’s combined with a love story which at the heart of this tale. And I have feeling that if you liked Stardust you’ll like this book.
But that’s where the similarities end. Marie Brennan has her own tale to tell. Deep beneath the ruling Virgin Queen Elizabeth’s London is another Court, a faery Court ruled a second Queen Invidiana. The story centres on two courtiers.
Lady Lune, a faerie sent to monitor and manipulate the spymaster Walsingham, crosses paths with Michael Deven, a mortal gentlemen and an agent of Walsingham. Their paths keep crossing until they have no choice but to reveal themselves and work together.
I loved this story and I loved Marie’s writing. She weaves her tale so well that if I didn’t know better I’d say that it actually happened the way she’s described. It is quite a gentle and quiet tale. There are no big external battles expect one. Most of the struggles go on within the relationships and loyalties within the characters.
Marie makes several parallels and explores them without hitting us over the head with the connections as they are revealed as the story progresses. And even though you know that a deal is done in the first few pages it’s nature and core isn’t as simple as it first appears.
Saying all that I do think you have to be a romantic at heart to really appreciate Midnight Never Come. And like Stardust I loved it for being touching without being sentimental or sugary sweet.