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Shadow of the Moon
The author of THE FAR PAVILIONS returns us once again to the vast, intoxicating romance of India under the British Raj. SHADOW OF THE MOON is the story of Winter de Ballesteros, a beautiful English heiress come home to her beloved India. It is also the tale of Captain Alex Randall, her protector, who aches to possess her. Forged in the fires of a war t...more
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M.M. Kaye takes her time setting up the story, telling about the parents and grandparents of the main character, a half-English, half-Spanish girl with the unlikely name of Winter. Winter spends her first six years contentedly living in India, but when her parents die, she is sent to live with her English relatives. It's not a particularly happy situatio ...more
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If Gone with the Wind was Margaret Mitchell's love letter to the old South, then Shadow of the Moon is M.M. Kaye's to historic India. Under Kaye's pen, the unfold ...more
At last reunited with M.M. Kaye's epic masterpiece, I have been spellbound and enthralled for the last week, hating every minute spent away from my book. This tale of love, courage & survival set in India during the bloodthir ...more
This book was fantastic. Epic, consuming and deeply romantic. Winter and Alex are a heroine and hero for the ages. The last 200 pages is unputdownable.
A sweeping romantic epic. Somewhat reminiscent of Wuthering Heights in its charming setting, rich descriptions... and in the use of weepy, waifish women as catalysts to the overarching plot.
While I spent the first half of the book having great difficulty sympathizing with the young, delusional, and allegedly enchanting protagonist, Winter, I felt compelled to keep reading for a number of reasons. Not the least of which involved a fascination with Captain Alex Randall. His staunch honor code was ...more
I enjoyed parts of it to a 4 star level, particularly Sabrina’s heartbreaking story, and Winter’s neglected childhood in England, her long journey back to India, her new life there with the awful Conway, and her dramatic escape as the Rebellion took savage hold.
So why only a 3 star rating? There was plenty of ‘he thought, she thought’ between our would-be-lov ...more
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From the very beginning this book enchanted me. It is filled with the very essence of India and its people. For years Alex was the epitome of everything that was perfect in a man- in some ways he still is. He does, at any rate, remain one of my all time favorites ...more
This book was sold to me as a romantic tale set in troubled times in India. The kindle edition is 628 pages long, but I don't mind long books. It is divided in parts that match, I think, different phases of the main character's life and the whole story (it's over 700 pages in paper editions) could be made into a saga. And maybe it is, in paper?
I started reading it and was very surprised at first, because the romance was told in very few pages. ...more
The characters literally jump off the page, and are so realistic it's sometimes hard to believe this novel is a work of fiction. How unfair that these characters cannot come to life in human form!
The lonely, innocent Winter. The drunken, cruel, cunning Conway. The wonderful, intelligent, hard-working Alex. The naive, loyal Lo ...more
Shadow of the Moon is a daunting book to review simply because of its epic size and nature. I haven't read anything like it. It reminds me of those old movies I love - Casablanca, It Happened One Night, etc. It had that same classic, romantic, timeless feel about it.
M.M. Kaye is, quite obviously, a very established storyteller. She was the objective narrator for this tale. I literally felt as though I was sitting by a fire on a cold winter's day as she spun an epic, romantic, thrilling t ...more
Ms Kaye was born in colonial India in 1908 and spent her early childhood and much of her early married life in the same country. Born into a family that for generations had served the British Raj, her love for the country and her people was clear in her writings. Though after India’s independence, she would travel the world with her husband, Major-General Goff Hamilton o ...more
I spent more time with this book than any other so far this year. It was a big ol' thing that required it's own bag to transport it to and fro from work so I could read it on the bus and at lunch. Good thing it was so engrossing or it would have been easy to hate this book. I really can't improve on what people have already said so if you enjoy historic ...more
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