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The Black Moon (The Poldark Saga #5)

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The birth of a son to Elizabeth and George Warleggan seems to make the rift between the Poldark and Warleggan families worse. When Morwenna Chynoweth, governess to Elizabeth's son, grows to love Drake Carne, Demelza's brother, things get worse.
Paperback, 546 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by MacMillan UK (first published 1973)
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Jul 21, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it
New characters are introduced in "The Black Moon" and with them comes a Romeo and Juliet scenario where Demelza's handsome brother Drake falls in love with Morwenna, a cousin of Elizabeth's who is now Jeffrey Charles's governess

George Warleggan and his bride Elizabeth are now living in the Poldark family home and his arrogance knows no bounds as he manages to make enemies of all his neighbors, rich or poor, with his high handed ways.

Ross's mine continues to bring forth riches and Ross has decid
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Este libro es algo más calmado que el anterior pero pasa de todo, hay mucha emoción, aventura, amor, desamor... Este hombre es un maestro a la hora de escribir, me encanta cómo transmite lo que piensan y sienten los personajes. Presiento que los demás libros van a estar marcados por la manifiesta enemistad entre los dos rivales de toda la saga.
Y me he reconciliado (un poquito) con Ross.
Cada vez estoy más contenta de haberme puesto a leer esta saga :)
Diane Lynn
Set in Cornwall and a little bit in France 1794-95.

Excellent writing and a plot that continues to pull me in. The historical detail is top-notch. There is still daily life in the tin and copper mining areas of Cornwall but in this volume we also see the invasion of France in 1795 at Quiberon. There is new love that holds so much promise, as well as old hostilities and resentments. This short excerpt won't spoil but will give an idea of the emotion Graham writes with:

He had killed his viper. He h
Rebecca Huston
In the fifth book of the Poldark saga, new characters and some dangling threads are resolved, somewhat. It starts off quite exciting, as Elizabeth is pregnant and adjusting to her new life as the wife of George Warleggan. Two new characters are introduced, Morwenna Chynoweth and Drake Carne, and the relationship between them. Those craving some action-adventure will find it when Ross heads off to France to rescue Dwight Enys from a prisoner-of-war camp at Quimper. All in all, this makes a fine e ...more
May 22, 2015 Maryanne rated it it was amazing
This next lot of books was written 20 years after the first four. I loved the first four, so was worried - would the women have morphed into 70s type women? Would the writing have lost its emotional appeal and the romantic, dream-inducing, lyrical descriptions of landscapes both natural and blasted by black industries? Would Ross still stride through the books like the handsome, swashbuckling outsider hero he has been? Would Demelza still climb trees and befriend strays and lose her shoes, as we ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Ross and Elizabeth scenes! About time! Lol. So this book had it's slow moments and there was a lot at the end with the French that I didn't always follow, but it was a great book all in all. I LOVED the drake and morwenna storyline and I can't wait to see where it leads. Also, seeing Ross and demelza in domestic bliss is always a plus and I think despite certain events, they've somehow grown closer. Can't wait to continue!
Aug 22, 2010 KOMET rated it it was amazing
The Poldark Series continues. The time is February 1794. In the opening pages, the author evokes an image of a sleepy Cornwall in the depths of a harsh and frigid winter. George Warleggan continues to expand his power and influence over the community. His wife Elizabeth (once Ross Poldark's great love) has given birth to a son, Valentine. Her son from her previous marriage to Ross' cousin Francis, Geoffrey Charles, has been given a governess, Morwenna Chynoweth (a cousin of Elizabeth's) to tutor ...more
Dec 23, 2015 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Well, Ross has redeemed himself a little after screwing up royally in Warleggan.

Actually, I wonder if there is a character in Western literature as nasty as George Warleggan? What he does to Aunt Agatha in this book is absolutely disgusting, although she does strike back hard. He seems to have no heart whatsoever, and I can't wait to find out what he does with the Valentine issue.

Drake Carne is an interesting new character, although I definitely missed the presence of Dwight Enys for most of thi
Mar 11, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy a family saga , set in Cornwall
This book was published in 1973, twenty years after the previous volume. It covers the years 1794-5. There is a bit of a change in style, but the continuation of the saga is just as good. Here are some of the main points of the story:
Aunt Agatha is approaching her 100th birthday.
There is a lot about the fears in Cornwall about the effects of the French Revolution. For Dwight Enys, this has a real impact, After joining the Navy as a surgeon he ends up as a prisoner of war. For Caroline Penvenen,
Jan 14, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Misfit, Hannah, Barb
This is the fifth volume of Poldgark saga where the fighting between Ross Poldgark and George Warleggan is still very intense. Some new characters are introduced such as Sam and Drake Carne (Demelza's brothers) and Morwenna (Elizabeth's niece), who falls in love with a man she cannot marry. In the meantime, Ross tries to recover some Cornwall people who have become prisoners in France. Excellent plot, as usual. Still looking forward to read the whole series of 12 books.
Megan Jones
Sep 12, 2015 Megan Jones rated it it was amazing
Set in 1794-1795 this follows the enmity between Ross and George first and foremost. After Valentine Warleggan is born the rift between the Poldark's and Warleggan's increases, but is the baby really George's? Morwenna Chynoweth arrives to be governess to Geoffrey Charles at George's suggestion to break the bond between mother and son and she meets Drake Carne, Demelza's brother, and when love blossoms between the two there is more trouble and heartache for the Poldark family. Agatha Poldark has ...more
Aug 21, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can tell that this was written 20 years after the first four books; there's a change in tone and focus. The earlier books skipped between characters' storylines, but still felt contained and introspective. This one sprawls all over the place, in geography, focus, and simultaneous events. It also becomes much more externally-facing, rather than focusing on the characters' inner lives. Not that it's not entertaining, but I miss feeling more acquainted with them.

I wrote after Ross Poldark that
Another book completed. They may have been written later but they still hold the same feel of time as the earlier ones. Off to try book 6! Oh Ross Poldark you are a rogue!
May 30, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Helena R-D
May 12, 2015 Helena R-D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, I was surprised at how good this series is. I think that Graham taking a break from the series did it a good turn, because it feels like the story got more steam and a freshness. It is full of action and consequence and sets up the conflict between George and Ross.

Agatha at the end was the wild card and it was just brutal what she does to George. It's a revenge that was richly deserved, but created major repercussions all around. Ross is still Ross, Demelza is amazing and Caroline and Dw
Bron Lloyd
Jul 29, 2014 Bron Lloyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Like all the Poldark novels - simply amazing writing. Wonderful. Love it more than ever!
Lucy Takeda
Sep 07, 2015 Lucy Takeda rated it really liked it
There are definitely distinctive characters with well developed personalities. George goes from being pompous, arrogant, and sneaky to just plain evil. He operates rather like a steam roller, plowing over anyone that gets in his way, and using underhanded ways to do that. I 'm kind of wishing there was a prequel to the series; I'd like to know what Ross found endearing about Elizabeth. She's becoming almost as demanding as her rude second husband, George! Mayhaps her air of delicate elegance is ...more
Jeanne Johnston
Jun 17, 2015 Jeanne Johnston rated it really liked it
Somehow, a lot more of substance happens here. Forbidden love, another girl victim to a horrendous arranged marriage, an attempt to rescue Dr. Enys from the French because the English can't be arsed to bother to get involved in the French Revolution (still looking for solid leadership and too dangerous to do more than protect the English shore, lest it spread further), an uneasy truce with the arsehole, George Warleggan, and preparations for Aunt Agatha's 100th birthday party (...or is it 98th?) ...more
Sherry Sidwell
Oct 13, 2015 Sherry Sidwell rated it really liked it
Written as a continuation of the Poldark saga after a 20-year hiatus, this fifth book of the series picks up right where we left off. We get a lot about class struggles and the realities of the nearly unending war between France and Great Britain in the 1790s as two new characters firmly tied to existing families get caught up in a unlikely star-crossed romance that drives home just how coercive and terrible marriage and in particular arranged marriage at the time could be for women. There's als ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked it, yes but necessarily focussing a bit beyond Ross and Demelza it didn't have the atmosphere of the original four, written more than 25 years earlier. Also has a nasty clergyman which, ever since Jane Eyre, is something I prefer to avoid. But I imperfectly remembered the final scene and wanted to revisit.
I don't think, last time I read, I fully appreciated the historical background - as ever Graham's knowledge infiltrates painlessly.
Feb 11, 2016 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this fifth book of the Poldark series, several new characters and storylines are introduced, but the old familiar ones remain. Although Demelza features less in this book than the previous ones, she's ever present in Ross' thoughts. He knows her so well that she has become his conscience when he's wrestling with a tough decision. The conflict between social classes continue and George Warleggan still battles with his inner feelings of insecurity and his outer façade of superiority. The slower ...more
Nov 13, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it
READING AGAIN! This time w/notes and highlights! Parts of it are very interesting, some of it is a bit dry and long, but those parts with Ross & Demelza are ALWAYS exciting to read; introduction of 2 new characters, Drake (Demelza's brother) and Morwenna (Elizabeth's sister); by the end all hell breaks loose! Also, Caroline searching for Dwight who joined the Navy, and may be lost in France; Ross goes to France to find out anything he can about where he is, if he's alive. Caroline is a VERY ...more
Helen White
May 05, 2015 Helen White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Phew. I was worried after the break in writing the fourth and fifth books Graham would have lost the nature of his characters. But nope it's all still there - the hatred of George, Ross and Demelza's understanding marriage and Aunt Agatha's perfect venom. The introduction of new characters indicates how the range is spreading we'll see how far in the next book.
Barbara Helen Plumb
Jul 27, 2015 Barbara Helen Plumb rated it it was amazing
I am re reading this series after many years (about 30). They are immensely readable the second time around. Winston Graham is a fantastic writer and the characters sing on the page. These books are a delightful combination of history, romance and adventure that will appeal to male and female readers alike.
Aug 03, 2015 Phyllis rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, history
I enjoyed the 5th installment of Winston Graham's Poldark series more than the previous novel, which earns 3.5 stars from me.

The author goes back to showing late eighteenth century Cornwall through a larger variety of lenses and moves the story along with some interesting plot points. I wasn't as interested in the French Royalist story line, which seemed a little too convenient. Otherwise, I see no reason to stop the series!
Michelle Connor
Jun 04, 2015 Michelle Connor rated it it was amazing
This series from Winston Graham just keeps getting better than ever. I've been so wrapped up in the story, that I immediately started the next book in the series The Four Swans. Cannot wait until series two is aired later this year on the BBC.
Cynthia  Scott
Nov 21, 2015 Cynthia Scott rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this very much. Winston Graham had stopped the Poldark series after Warleggen. Nearly twenty years later he wrote in the forward that he was compelled to find out what happen to all those people. I am glad he did.

The saga continues, as well written as ever.
Becky Dartnall
Dec 30, 2015 Becky Dartnall rated it really liked it
Definitely another great addition to the lives of the Poldarks, Warleggans, and more. Part 3 filled with a great prison breakout with Cpt Ross Poldark in the lead, of course.
Kim Pope
Oct 30, 2015 Kim Pope rated it really liked it
Continuation of Ross and Demelza's lives and adventures. I get bored with the war parts, not my area of interest but these characters keep me wanting to know more!
Jul 19, 2015 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This novel further develops the story of Ross Poldark and his family. It has action, love and heartbreak within its covers. Good book!
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Winston Graham was the author of forty novels. His books have been widely translated and the Poldark series has been developed into two television series, shown in 22 countries. Six of Winston Graham's books have been filmed for the big screen, the most notable being Marnie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Winston Graham was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 1983 was awarded the O.B ...more
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The Poldark Saga (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1)
  • Demelza (Poldark, #2)
  • Jeremy Poldark (Poldark, #3)
  • Warleggan (Poldark, #4)
  • The Four Swans (Poldark, #6)
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