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Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan
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Mar 27, 09

bookshelves: fantasy, advance-reading-copy
Read in December, 2008

"Midnight Never Come" is mostly set in London during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, while in a hidden hall under the city of London, the faerie queen Invidiana reigns over the faerie population. The story follows two main characters: Deven, a young Gentlemen Pensioner (sort of a noble bodyguard devoted to Elizabeth), and Lune, who is a faerie lady in Invidiana's court. Marie Brennan divides her novel into five acts, according to the conventions of Elizabethan drama, and actually structures the progression of her plot accordingly --- this really impressed me. Especially the first act - the exposition - is artfully done, introducing the two protagonists in alternating scenes, with Deven's fortunes on the rise as he is accepted into the Gentlemen Pensioners, and Lune's status diminishing after an unfortunate mission for her queen. The story moves along at a solid clip (although it does slow down a bit in the third act and seems a bit forced at times) and progresses to a satisfying conclusion. Marie Brennan is someone to look out for - she obviously does her research and has solid skills as a writer.

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