The Turn of Midnight
As the year 1349 approaches, the Black Death continues its devastating course across England. In Dorseteshire, the quarantined people of Develish question whether they are the only survivors.
Guided by their beloved young mistress, Lady Anne, they wait, knowing that when their dwindling stores are finally gone they will have no choice but to leave. But where will they find...more
As the year 1349 approaches, the people of Develish have been under quarantine for some time now, a measure taken by their beloved mistress Lady Anne. Here ...more
I really enjoyed this book. Minette Walters has set a scene so convincing that you are invested in her char ...more
The Turn of Midnight is the second opening by Minette Walters which continues with the story of the Black Death in the 14th century England. The second novel begins when the first one ends, but focuses now on the social consequences of the demise of thousands of people. In 1349 the plague still kills people, however, other issues arise in the wake of it. The probl ...more
The Turn of Midnight continues the fast-paced storyline from The Last Hours. It's 1349 and the Black Death has ravished the English countryside leveling both prince and pauper in its aftermath. Disease seems to find its vicious, deadly course upon the flesh of either.
We return to Dorseteshire to the quarantined people of Develesh. Their highly capable mistress is Lady Anne who toils day and night in t ...more
Thaddeus’ way soon had the boys turning to men; their courage - and that of their leader – was vast. But the desolation and death which faced them ...more
The Turn of Midnight is the sequel to The Last Hours, the events of which take place in 1348/49 in England.
In the second book we follow Lady Anne, Thaddeus and the other survivors as they struggle to stay alive, keep their community safe and help towards its prosperity in the last stages of the Black Death. ...more
I expected to take a few chapters to settle into part two of the Black Death story, but was relieved to see the first few pages include a recap of The Last Hours’ major locations and characters including significant plot points. This allows us to join Walters in Chapter 1, exactly where we left off at the end of the first book, and straight into the story.
The people of Develish are still in seclusion with Lad ...more
The black death was the zombie apocalypse.
Lady Anne and Thaddeus Thurkell were the preppers who were prepared.
There were bandits and there was even a walmart of a sort.
The Turn of Midnight isn't quite a zombie book. It's a romantic view of a past that wasn't all that romantic. Racism and the mistreatment of the peasantry are viewed through thoroughly modern eyes. Lady Anne is a modern woman. She believes in equality, she questions the chu ...more
The community of Develish is still nestled within the protection of their moat, while Thaddeus Thurkell and five young serf ...more
I am deceased. Please come to the US soon. WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED. ;_; ...more
That's what the last 150+ pages of this book felt like. The author was jumping from person to person, all at the same moment in time. It made me a little dizzy. And the dialogue? Let's just say I felt like I was reading a script for an episode of Law and ...more
And my opinion? Well, I did enjoy it, and it was good in parts, but I have to confess that in the end I found Thaddeus' journey, and the lllooonnngggggg....interview of Lady Anne on which his fate rested a little tedious. Furthermore, having been a fan of Thaddeus in book one, I became irritated by the sheer ...more
The Turn of Midnight is a direct continuation of the events in The Last Hours and the story of the devastating Black Death which decimated England in 1348 with a particular focus on the fortunes of the quarantined people of Develish, Dorseteshire, led by their educated, compassionate, and inspirational young mistress, Lady Anne. Whilst a potted history of the events o ...more
Lady Eleonore is one crazy girl. I despised her in book 1, but slowly, and I mean slowly I started to forgive her. She was constantly ...more
So...I confirmed my opinion that I did not care for the construction and tone of this series.
The notion of freeing serfs - good.
The acts and language/dialogue of the main characters - unnatural/awkward.
Library L ...more
This continuing chronicle follows the unrivalled success of the people of Devilish as they endeavour to protect their health and admirable way of life from the pestilence, mercenary opportunists, and vengeance. Although a sensible strategy is universally implemented, their ‘sur ...more
Religion is used as a weapon by the clergy, they're told that the plague was sent by God to punish them for their sins and only sinners died from the pestilence. Th ...more
A brilliant continuation of The Last Hours! I definitely believe Minette Walters has succeeded in her first attempt at historical fiction, and sincerely hope that this is not her last. Such well developed characters and a twisting plot that only a crime writer could create. I loved Walters use of modern concerns and concepts and placing them in an historical setting. The feminist characters of Lady Anne and Isabella are 2 of my f ...more
I loved the first of Minette Walters Black Death novels, but I was left fearful at its end. Yes, Lady Anne’s little community had survived great trials, but how in medieval England could they maintain their utopia beyond the end of the plague? The very title of this second volume gave me even more cause for worry.
For almost the whole length of this sequel Lady Anne and her ally, Thaddeus Thurkell, face even greater dangers than before, but without compromising their princi ...more
All in all a great conclusion to the series though ...more
It's a good thing it hasn't been too long since I read the first book, or I would have been completely lost reading this one. Man ...more
The Sculptress has been adapted for tel ...more
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