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The Black Moon

(The Poldark Saga #5)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  6,994 ratings  ·  471 reviews
The Black Moon is the fifth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall 1794. The birth of a son to Elizabeth and George Warleggan serves only to accentuate the rift between the Poldark and Warleggan families. And when Morwenna Chynoweth, now governess to Elizabeth's eldest son, grows to love Drake Carne, Demelza's brother, the enduring rivalry ...more
Paperback, 559 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Pan Macmillan (first published 1973)
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As always, Winston Graham has crafted a completely absorbing addition to the Poldark family saga, and in this one he took me along back into the 1700’s of Cornwall and France – a willing and eager passenger.

Ross Poldark’s old flame and his deceased cousin’s wife, now married to Ross’ worst enemy George Warleggan, gives birth to a son exactly at the time of ‘the black moon’, and George names him Valentine. Elizabeth hires her young cousin as governess for Geoffrey Charles, her 11 year old son wit
"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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love the Poldark series so much, even though I just finished book 5 and there are more to go!

I love the show even more as I love to see the people I love in action. Season 4 is currently on PBS and I have already pre-ordered the season on blu-ray. But it saddened me greatly when I got the email awhile back that they are filming season 5 right now and it will be the final season. 😕

I understand that some books do have an ending and so do their shows if they have one!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
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
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
``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 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Actual review: 4.5

“We can’t alter the world, we can only adapt ourselves to it.”

I have quite a soft spot for the Poldarks and their extended family. The characters, the storylines and the drama is subtly interwoven in such a way that keeps me invested. Although not as good as the previous book, I was glad to see the characters move forward from the mess that had previously occurred.

I did miss a few characters in this installment, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the additi
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!
Diane Barnes
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winston Graham has done it again. Managed to pull me back into this time and place, among people that I love and hate, give me high adventure and simple pleasures, and continue the saga that just gets better and better. I will admit that this one started out rather slowly, possibly because the author took a 20 year hiatus between the last book and this one. He explained in a forward that he had grown tired of the novels and wanted to explore different styles of writing, but the characters kept w ...more
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
Sotiris Karaiskos
In the fifth book in the series, the author, after 20 years, decided to catch the thread from the beginning to continue his story. Of course, this new startup had many problems and challenges to make this reboot reasonable and interesting. The climax of the fourth part left behind a more subdued state, like post-storm silence, and with most issues resolved the writer was called upon to find inspiration to create something different that would set things back in motion. At the beginning of the bo ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary Durrant
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.
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.
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Lupinus Texensis
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, audio, england
Boy, shit is going to go DOWN in the next book.

Lauren Stoolfire
I love this historical series so much. I also enjoy watching the new tv series and luckily for me the series is a pretty great adaptation of the original novels. Plus, the audiobook production is also fantastic - it really helps me to hear these characters since I'm used to how they all sound in the adaptation. Also I have to admit that I yelled at my phone for Morwenna's sake when I heard Whitworth mentioned for the first time since I know what's coming in the series.
Weronika ★
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Anna ⭐️
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve found The Black Moon a little bit less captivating than the previous book of the series (hence the four, instead of five, stars), though I do love Graham’s writing.
Maybe the parts I considered less interesting were the ones in which the French Revolution was mentioned, I’ve found them quite annoyingly distracting from the ‘adventures’ of our beloved friends.
As in the other books read so far, something good happens as well as something absolutely terrible. Without spoiling anything, I can c
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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 (FRSL) and in 1983 was invested ...more

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The Poldark Saga (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Demelza (Poldark, #2)
  • Jeremy Poldark (Poldark, #3)
  • Warleggan (Poldark, #4)
  • The Four Swans (Poldark, #6)
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