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The Black Moon (The Poldark Saga #5)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  4,650 Ratings  ·  314 Reviews
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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"Blemishes on the beauty of a person one loves are like grace notes adding something to a piece of music."

Have I mentioned before that I am completely wild about the Poldark series?! Well, I am! I am much like that slightly annoying, lovesick friend that won’t stop raving about her latest crush. In my case, the love affair is with a bunch of books written by the gifted author, Winston Graham. I know, embarrassing, right? A woman of my age carrying on in such an unseemly manner… Fortunately, dea
``Laurie Henderson
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
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winston Graham took a 20 year writing break between the fourth book of this series, Warleggan, and this fifth one, The Black Moon. At the beginning, I thought he might have lost his way during that hiatus, but boy was I wrong. He picked his story up and his characters led him into the heart of the battle. I wonder if there ever was a more believable and despicable villain than George Warleggan.

I had initially intended to stop reading this series at book four so that I would not infringe on the
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alright, after months of reading, and it being a little slow I had some trouble getting into it. But, overall, I enjoyed it none the less. Here’s the gist: this book had everything I’ve come to expect (and still love!) of the Poldark saga; love triangles, backstabbing, family feuds, broken hearts, and plenty of drama. In this installment, though, there was something new: prison escapes and (spoiler) murder.
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Watching Ross and Demelza's love grow and develop is what makes these books worth reading.

I thought Demelza said something insightful on page 246:
You see, Ross, in every right marriage, in every good marriage a woman has to be three things, don't she? She's got to be wife and look after a man's comforts in the way a man should be looked after. Then she's got to bear his children and get all swelled up like a summer pumpkin and then often-times feed them after and smell of babies and have them
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The tears are falling from my eyes, the fury is boiling over within me, and the joy.... there is joy. Oh what a story this author doest weave.
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 :)
Oct 16, 2015 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!
Cassandra Dexter Colby
Winston Graham sabe enganchar. Ahora aparecen nuevos personajes que enriquecen la trama, tanto para amar como para odiar.
 Lisa A
From the first moment he set eyes on her so many years ago, he had always wanted her, but perhaps wanted her most as a collector, as a connoisseur wants the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. Since their marriage possession had familiarized but not spoiled the image. ~George Warleggan/character/nemesis of Ross Poldark

Continuing on with the Poldark saga, I stayed up late last night to finish this one. Even having a good idea how the novel ended didn't detract from my interest in the story.

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
Ross Poldark prospers at last! He is content at Nampara with his wife, whom he has tried steadfastly to prove his devotion, his son and a good mine. He attempts to ignore George Warleggan sitting in the Poldark family home at Trenwith. George, delighted with his new son, tries to arrange his famiy life to his satisfaction. Trying to extricate Geoffrey Charles from his mother, hires Elizabeth's cousin Morwenna Chynoweth to be the boy's governess. Dwight Enys has gone to see and taken prisoner by ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment with some new characters and some interesting developments with some of the old characters. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this, the 5th of the Poldark series, new characters are introduced and older characters rise to new heights to further complicate the feud between the Poldarks and the Warleggans. Ross has not lost his intermittent craving for adventure and maybe even for danger. The relationship between Ross and Demelza seems to have grown stronger. Elizabeth's son may be a wild card as he seems to be willful and prone to a bit of a rebellious nature. Aunt Agatha is nearing 100, if not actually there, and ha ...more
I shouldn't have finished this book tonight because how am I going to sleep?!? Many emotions are swirling around... but mostly sadness and, the main one, FURY! I had no idea I would end up abhorring three different characters in this one book. George Warleggan, damn you to hell. But not before you get damned, most putrid Whitworth.You are the scummiest scum the pond ever saw. Oh, and Elizabeth. Congrats, lady, you finally made my shit list.

Heartbreaking end to this book in so many ways. I must r
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third time I have read this and loved it even more!
The Poldark books are by far the best.
Loved the 1970's series!
I would recommend these as they have so much more than the recent t.v.series.
The author's note in the beginning of this book tells us he originally ended this series after 4 books. Then after many years...he wanted to know what happened to these characters in Cornwall after that last Christmas. This book is the book he wrote after all those years. He went on to make the series 12 books. I am so happy that he did! At first.....I was a little worried. New characters were introduced and then that bloody war...I wanted to get back to just my favorite characters. ...more
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 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
Dec 18, 2015 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
Oh, Winston Graham, I must ask: what is your secret? Only a superb writer could write such a sweeping, riveting series. Never before have I detested a fictional character so much. George Warleggan is a dirty, rotten, conniving, bullying, dastardly, parvenu scoundrel. How do you do it? How do you recreate the history of the time so authentically? How do you casually insert at least 30 words lost and forgotten by the modern English language?!? Oh, Winston Graham, I do declare: keep those Poldark b ...more
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KJ, Madame Librarian
Boy, shit is going to go DOWN in the next book.

Geo Kwnstantinou
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ε ρε τι έχει να γίνει...! poor Aunt Agatha!
Weronika ★
The Black Moon wasn't as good as the previous four parts. But I still love this series and I can't wait till I'll read the next parts.
Aug 22, 2010 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
3,5 ★
Después de un cuarto libro de infarto, seguimos la historia de los Poldark esta vez con un libro mucho más tranquilo, al menos sin tantos sobresaltos (pero con el mismo hijoputerismo del libro anterior).
Este quinto libro de la saga es un poco vuelta al principio, un libro introductor como los primeros de la serie donde se inician nuevas tramas y se conocen nuevos personajes, uno más interesantes que otros.
En este libro, la historia se centra más en esta nuevas tramas que en las que se her
Feb 09, 2010 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.
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“Blemishes on the beauty of a person one loves are like grace notes adding something to a piece of music.” 13 likes
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