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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  36 reviews
The fate of Plenilune hangs on the election of the Overlord, for which Rupert de la Mare and his brother are the only contenders, but when Rupert’s unwilling bride-to-be uncovers his plot to murder his brother, the conflict explodes into civil war.

To assure the minds of the lord-electors of Plenilune that he has some capacity for humanity, Rupert de la Mare has been asked
Kindle Edition, 668 pages
Published October 20th 2014
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H.S.J. Williams
Even if I didn't like the book as a whole, I will always turn to the chapter, The Red King, for a magnificent reference on how to write a spine-chilling, breath-taking duel of fey and incredible power.


In many ways, this book is a gorgeous piece of art and skill. But there are several things from which younger readers should be warned and more mature readers might like to be aware of.

There is no doubt that this writing is spectacular. Jennifer's voice and story is all her own. She masters
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
November 5, 2019: I sat down to a feast, and it was glorious.

(Old review from younger self blocked out under spoiler.)

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Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Additional thoughts added following re-reading.

This one's going to shake a few pillars in the literary world, I think.

Plenilune is a difficult book to review, perhaps in part because it's unlike anything else I've read. Nothing I've tried to write about it quite captures what it was like to read it. To say it's a fantasy about a resilient heroine whisked out of Victorian England into another world, where she becomes a pawn in the power-struggle for a kingdom, is only to scratch the surface. It's
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Coventry is already on the train that will carry her away from family disgrace and England, to Naples and her last hopes for a respectable match, when she is kidnapped by Rupert de la Mare, the Overlord-in-waiting to Plenilune, who is under instructions from the lord electors of Plenilune to demonstrate a capacity for humanity by winning a wife...

Trapped on a strange planet in a house of secrets by a man she can neither thwart nor escape, the three chief weapons of Margaret Coventry, pa
Christina Baehr
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I came to this novel with high expectations. I enjoyed The Shadow Things and I also read this author's blog. There's been a lot of positive chatter about Plenilune from some of my favourite bloggers. Since I have actually never spent money on an ebook before, and never bought a title directly from an indie author, Plenilune marked several firsts for me, and I really, really wanted to love it.

First, the good things. I find Freitag to be a talented craftsman of heady, original prose that is angula
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
I feel as if I’ve just gotten into a harem, since only one other man has read and rated Plenilune, compared to 44 women. Perhaps the cover put the men off (I mean, how can she see out of that thing on her head?)… or maybe it really was the harem aspect (except that many men aren’t very fastidious when it comes to staying out of harems). But really, though some books are intended for girls and others for guys, guys should want to read planetary fantasy. So, why the sex bias?

Freitag writes well, c
Rachel Heffington
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The fate of Plenilune hangs on the election of the Overlord, for which Rupert de la Mare and his brother are the only contenders, but when Rupert’s unwilling bride-to-be uncovers his plot to murder his brother, the conflict explodes into civil war.

To assure the minds of the lord-electors of Plenilune that he has some capacity for humanity, Rupert de la Mare has been asked to woo and win a lady before he can become the Overlord, and he will do it—even if he has to kidnap her."

In giving Plenilun
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I walked into this read having read Freitag's debut novel The Shadow Things and come away with mixed emotions. All in all, I confess to not being engaged by her first novel enough to read it over again, but her writing had heart and potential and I was interested to see what else she could do.

Plenilune is vast. You will hear that the style is rich and blood-red. That is true. You will hear it is spun with valor and bravery. That is also true. You will hear it is complex, sometimes overly so. You
Deborah O'Carroll
I finished this book August 16... after being in it since Christmas. I'm rating it five stars, currently, simply because with a character like Dammerung in it, it would WRONG not to give it the highest rating. Without him, it may have garnered a 4-star rating, but, well, without Dammerung it would have been an entirely different book, so there's no real way of knowing, now is there?

This is not a review. It is merely a note explaining the rating. Right now I'm just extremely pleased with myself
Allison Ruvidich
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
When it was released last year, this book flew around our blogging community. Impressed by the number of positive reviews, I planned on reading it sooner rather than later, and the 2014 Blogger Awards gave me a chance to turn that into a reality.

Plenilune has an official excerpt, but I don't feel it captures the heart of the book. It's such a dense, vast story that it's difficult to capture in one sentence, but I'll try.

Plenilune is about a Victorian lady named Margaret who, through a chance mee
Aug 02, 2014 added it
Whew! I'll be reading this slowly, said I. Well I read it as slowly as anyone could possibly read Plenilune. Everything that needs to be said has already been said by others. But for the sake of anyone who gets my updates, I say:
Yes, this book is incredibly good. But I would be slow to recommend it for 3 reasons: First, the absence of the Gospel. Planetary fantasy can be handled in various ways- you could have the people be Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve, saved in the same way we are, you cou
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Torture. This must be for more refined and classical readers than me. I forced myself to finish it hoping all the prose and metaphors would actually lead to something magnificent. 618 pages were 400 pages too long. Unless you love beautifully poetic descriptions... For example... "Margaret thought the golden flickers in the water were reflections of hidden light until, passing on the edge of one long pool, she saw the light turn slowly, hugely, and drift to the surface. A red-and-white mottled f ...more
Abigail Hartman
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Rating a book five stars is always a little questionable, doubly so if it's a modern novel; but this is my frank opinion of PLENILUNE. With characters and a world that bound off the page, and the rich, full-blooded writing of Freitag's The Shadow Things times about fifteen, this is a story to grab the heart out of you. If you pick it up expecting a book in all aspects like The Shadow Things, you will no doubt be disappointed. This is a vastly different story, with vastly different characters, in ...more
Once again I am late to the party . . . though I think it's for the best this time. Plenilune is a magnificent book, with a great deal to love, but there is an undercurrent of darkness as well. It's not as much as some of the Mistborn books- but, then, I didn't read those until I was older either.

The Good
-Dammerung. Dammerung is amazing and fabulous and now I know why every review I read raves about him. He's awesome. He didn't show up in at all the way I expected, nor is he the char
Carmel Elizabeth
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
I am always hesitant to 100% promote something, because more often than not it is not something I should be promoting 100%. However, there are some exceptions -- and I think this is one of them. Plenilune is such a powerful novel, it's impossible to gulp in a few sittings (as I normally read books). It's rich & it's red-gold. The perfect Autumn read.

From every book I read I like to take a moral; to pinpoint the thing the author truly mastered. For Plenilune, this was the imagery,
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
This was the first book I've read by Jennifer Freitag.
I'm not really sure where to start. I have to say not many of the reviews posted here really help to completely clarify the book. First I'll say, the book is a beautiful piece of literature if not a bit confusing at times. As with any literature, there are lovely sets of prose and elaborate descriptions. This was no less than any other of its kind.
Now to the story.
I have come to the conclusion this book is a book of war and struggle. Not unli
Elizabeth Rose
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal, fantasy
We meet Margaret Coventry, Englishwoman to the core, on the train station platform, and like her, we're prepared for a trip. What we get, however, is a journey that nearly rivals Frodo Baggins' for length, peril, and awe. Plenilune reaches out and plucks you from your comfortable chair into a world of high beauty and splendor, where men walk as gods and wield their magic at will. It's a story to heighten the senses through its lavish setting and plot filled with light and thunder. It may delight ...more
Kendra Ardnek
Having read Jenny's historical fiction The Shadow Things, and since her blog is one of my favorites to read, I knew I was going to love her newest book. I bought pre-order and plunged in as soon as it appeared on my Kindle.

It's a big book, and thus it took me a good few months to read properly. Jenny's writing isn't to be read in great gulps, and I had to ration myself properly. This isn't a story for the faint of heart.

I had known from The Shadow Things that Jenny doesn't shy away from the star
Joy C.
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Rating Plenilune is hard. Therefore, I give it a 3 star rating, and will proceed to try and review it soon, Lord willing, to explain.
In some ways I loved Plenilune fiercely - beautiful writing (for one thing), in other ways, I had things that made me concerned (moral choices, etc). This is a book I would definitely not recommend everyone to read, but for those who have an interest in legends/ and plantery fantasy, and philosophy, and aren't shy of a deal of blood, and gore, you'd like the opport
Sarah Cnossen
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this fantastical tale. My reasoning for giving it only four stars, is simply because of the unexpected amount of unnecessary language. And the fact that to me, the first half of the story was rather slow and confusing. But once past that, and on into where everything starts clicking together, the plot just seems to explode. I would definitely recommend this to all my friends, but on a careful note...

To read my full review, visit my blog! Sarah, Plain & Average: http://sarah-plain
Oct 21, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Look at that cover. *in a murmur* I know, I know. Never judge a book by its cover. But, fear not, I read the summary, and it sounds good, too... I would still really like to stroke it obsessively read it.
Maria Copeland
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm rating this book five stars because I think it's brilliant. That isn't to say I don't have issues with it (keep reading) but to applaud the author for sheer technical skill (keep reading). Possibly I read this too quickly; it has afforded me the opportunity to consume something very much akin to literature in between tasteless homework assignments (it's been a month, and I'll be happy to bid my biology book farewell); and I can't really regret the time spent in Plenilune, just as I can't rea ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
holy MOLEY.
review coming soonish.
Paige  Bookdragon
There are just some books that is clearly not for me.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cross-posted from my more detailed review at

Margaret Coventry is having a small bout of rebellion against her match-making family, when she is kidnapped and taken by force into the alternate universe of Plenilune. You see, Rupert de la Mare, soon-to-be Plenilune’s overlord, has been challenged whether he can take a human wife, and the nefarious Rupert doesn’t let challenges slide.

This is only a small part of the plot (the blurb doesn’t do the book any justice). Margaret is a fish ou
Allie (The Literary Familiar)
2.5 stars!

DNFed this one at page 100. What I read was well written (minus the plethora of grammar and spelling mistakes I found in one chapter), but I wasn't finding myself growing attached to Margaret.
May 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
While I really liked The Shadow Things by the same author, this one I did not, unfortunately. She crafted her sentences very carefully, but her literary style isn't for me; I did not like the hero much and the heroine not at all; the romance was matter of fact.
Cee Marie
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: I believe this book would be perfect for lovers of fantasy.
Shelves: favorites
More reviews can be found in http://steelsparkleandscripture.blogs...

Margaret Coventry knows she must leave her home in England find a husband after scandal strikes her family, but she never dreamed a suitor would find her or just how far from home he would take her.

Rupert de la Mare is ruthless in claiming whatever he wants, and, right now, he wants a bride so he can be named Overlord of Plenilune. However, his choice may be more bring him more trouble than he bargained for.

A fox waits alone an
Sarah Arabi-Katbi
If I could summarize this book into one word, that word would be confusing.

Plenilune is an an amazingly-detailed world that I was sucked into and thrown around and battered, and awed, and swept away.

Margaret, our main character was a simple, English girl, plunged into a a strange new world (and that world was the moon). The war would eventually come after her capture and as she comes into contact with the magic that the world possesses, she eventually finds herself in a place of power, her mere
Abigail Cotton
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is really difficult to put into words what Freitag has so breathtakingly done in Plenilune. I left that world wishing I could have stayed, having been scarred in the best sort of way by a bold, wrenching, dark, brilliant, bright world that would have nearly hurt if Freitag weren't such a genius. I probably read it too fast--I had a cold and stayed up till 4 am one night--but it was impossible to put it down. Freitag's writing style is so deep and bold and descriptive; I was breathing Plenilun ...more
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