The Midnight Queen

The Midnight Queen In the hallowed halls of Oxford s Merlin College the most talented and highest born sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory But what dazzles can also destroy as

  • Title: The Midnight Queen
  • Author: Sylvia Izzo Hunter
  • ISBN: 9780425272459
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the hallowed halls of Oxford s Merlin College, the most talented and highest born sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover Gray s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnightIn the hallowed halls of Oxford s Merlin College, the most talented and highest born sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover Gray s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace and without a trace of his power He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender s country estate and hoping to recover his abilities And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor s daughter Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety But against her father s wishes, Sophie has studied his ancient volumes on the subject And in the tall, stammering, yet oddly charming Gray, she finally finds someone who encourages her interest and awakens new ideas and feelings Sophie and Gray s meeting touches off a series of events that begins to unravel secrets about each of them And after the king s closest advisor pays the professor a closed door visit, they begin to wonder if what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even sinister than it seemed They are determined to find out, no matter the cost

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    1. 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctu bibliosanctum/2014/09/01/bThis book would be perfect for readers looking for a well-balanced blend of fantasy with a historical fiction-type setting, overlaid with a story laced with a heavy dose of the kind of chaste, slow-burn romance one might find in a traditional Regency novel.Graham Marshall – Gray to family and friends – finds himself out of favor at Merlin College when a midnight errand goes terribly wrong, landing himself and a couple friends in th [...]

    2. I can’t remember exactly when or why I picked up The Midnight Queen, but I think I was attracted by the references to the scholarship of magic. After Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, that’s proven to be something I enjoy reading about, particularly in alternate-history settings. This book reminded me of that, and of Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown in the sort of approach to integrating magic and history, while being on the lighter side — more Heyer than Dickens, if y [...]

    3. Disappointed in what sounded like a great story. The plot was all over the place, lacked any kind of conflict, and at times just rambled on and on about nothing. A story so boring I couldn't even finish it. The only magic in this book is when I put it down and walked away. Now if I could only make it disappear.

    4. Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewThe idea of ​​the book was really intriguing and I am rarely disappointed by the novels of this editor so when I saw the reissue of the series, I took my chance and asked for it. This is also why, moreover, I had high expectations before even starting it.I was immediately curious about the story, a mixture of fantasy and history that we don’t find a lot in literature. We especially follow two main characters: Gray and Sophie. Gray is a young man who, a [...]

    5. You know that sense of well-being after you’ve finished a good book, when life is all contentment, and you feel a flush of joy? I read a very ‘Cecelia’ book, and I felt… pleased with everything and everyone. I couldn’t contemplate my next read for days – I had to let the euphoria of a tailor-made story buoy me up for some time afterwards. What was the book that ensorcelled me so completely? Only Sylvia Izzo Hunter’s debut fantasy novel, The Midnight Queen.Graham Marshall (Gray to f [...]

    6. DNFI received this ARC from Penguin (first to read) in exchange for an honest review.As much as I tried, and as much as I wanted to, I could not finish this book. I stopped at around page 100. I usually have to really dislike a book to not finish it, so the fact that I couldn't finish it and had no desire to, says something.The Plot:I'm not sure if it picks up after 100 or so pages but from what I read, the plot was slow and uninteresting. Everything is written in a dull way with no suspense or [...]

    7. In an age of instant gratification, a scrambling rush for "fast-paced" and "nail-biting" reads, The Midnight Queen is a breath of fresh air, recalling books as they used to be - stories to be savoured.Grey is asked by his fellow Merlin college students on a strange mission. It goes out of hand, leading to the death of one of his friends, and Grey tumbles head first into a conspiracy that is much bigger than he could ever imagine.The Midnight Queen is a story that follows characters rather than a [...]

    8. Part the First: In Which Katie Lists Things She Enjoys In A Novel, As Correlated With "The Midnight Queen":_XXX_ Period-appropriate prose*** (seriously, if you enjoy Susanna Clarke, get on this shizz pronts)___ Talking cats_X_ Strong, sassy heroines who have no trouble kicking it with the boys_X_ Believable, likable characters___ Pandas___ Swashbuckling_X__ Magical colleges and/or general graduate-level spell nerdery___ Dragons_X_ People wearing awesome hats_X__ Perfectly executed genre mashups_ [...]

    9. Before I start laying into this, I'll say that it wasn't at all a "bad" book. It's charming and enjoyable, but extremely simplistic and lacking in originality. From characters to plot, it has a trite, neat and tidy feel like that of a children's book, which I suppose would be fine if only it were a children's book. So many conveniently fortuitous happenings! Ah, coincidencese crutch employed to skirt a lack of creativity. I can't quite say it read like fan fiction for the better books of this ge [...]

    10. Sylvia Izzo Hunter’s debut novel THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is a clever and sophisticated historical fantasy with charming characters and a delightful alternate Regency setting. I would classify this as a fantasy of manners book, a fantasy novel that mimics the structure and tropes of a classic comedy of manners. Struggling with a hierarchical social structure, battling one’s enemies with wit and intrigue, and chaste romance are all hallmarks of the sub-genre.Graham ‘Gray’ Marshall is such a won [...]

    11. 3.5 stars. I was in the perfect mood for the writing of The Midnight Queen but it definitely isn't fast-paced or action-packed. The writing is at times elegant and fun but other times clunky and difficult to follow. I don't read straight historical fiction but get the impression that the writing fits that genre better with fantasy elements thrown in. The characters were fine, the romance cute and blissfully drama free.

    12. I enjoyed Syvlia Izzo Hunter's debut immensely. The characters aren't terribly complex and are clearly "good" or "evil" and sometimes the path it follows is a bit predictable, but I found it to be incredibly charming and engaging nonetheless. It has a likable cast, family secrets, hidden identities, a conspiracy, and a rather drama-free romance.Full Review: fantasybookcafe/2016/0

    13. 2.5 starsReview on my blog: Fantasy FindingsThere are light reads, and then there are light-weight reads. Light reads are your beach books. They are the kind of breezy books that, by their nature, aren't really meant to hold any deeper meaning. They're just meant to be fun and entertain you.Then there are light-weight reads. Books that are meant to be more, but somehow don't quite get there. I feel like The Midnight Queen is one of those books. It is meant to be a blending of magic and spycraft. [...]

    14. The Midnight Queen is the first book in Sylvia Izzo Hunter’s Noctis Magicae series. In truth, it is more of a three-point-five star read; whilst I debated rounding up, in the end I decided to round down. There were some four-star moments, but there were more three-star moments, hence why I rounded down.The Midnight Queen grabbed my attention by the intriguing concept: historical fiction mixed with magic is a sure way to grab my attention. However, the book was not as mind blowing as I had hope [...]

    15. As I read the first few pages, I thought it had a Harry Potter feel to it - magic school, check; boy more or less ignored by living family, check; names that border on the absurd, check. It's full of tropes and cliches. It has an Austen feel to it, which didn't really work for me nor did the fake-European setting. Use the real world and tweak it or create a brand new world but this was a mish-mash and the non-magical world building was often confusing. It's mish-mash of poorly done alternate his [...]

    16. Okay, here's the review, finally.I like, never give a book anything less than three stars. This book, however, was an adventure.And I don't mean in the good way.It started out really well- a strong, sassy female MC who loved books and a nerdy cinnamon roll male MC who ALSO LOVED BOOKs. my kind of people. They were cool, and the world-building was superb. The magic system seemed almost believable, actually.Then it got slow and boring. I didn't really care about the characters, I guess. They had q [...]

    17. I've had my eye on this book for a while, so I was thrilled when I finally had the chance to read it. I particularly loved the fantasy historical fiction aspect, and I felt that Hunter established this setting extremely well. The prose is truly lovely, and though I can see how it could be considered a bit slow to some, I found it to be quite enjoyable to read. To me, this book seemed to have stronger characterization and a focus on the character relations than it did on the plot, and that didn't [...]

    18. 3~3.5 stars. This book was enjoyable enough, but not amazing. I liked the Regency-plus-magic setting (as I pretty much always do!), but I would have appreciated more knowledge of how this alternate version of Britain came to be (and a little more political/geographical explanation would also have been good). The main characters of Gray and Sophie were cute together, but I didn't feel a whole lot of chemistry between them; their relationship was an it's-so-obvious-it's-staring-everyone-in-the-fac [...]

    19. I knew when I read the blurb for this book that it might be a little off the beaten path for me, but something about it piqued my interest and I decided to give it a go. It was actually a bit more off the beaten path than I expected. It wasn’t weird or anything, but it had a much younger feel than I anticipated. It’s also very English. And while I do enjoy a good regency romance, this was more of a YA British-magic-adventure thing.Wow. That sounded elegant. The story follows our 20-ish hero [...]

    20. I was very excited to read this novel. Magical alternate-history version of Oxford? Sign me up!Unfortunately, it turned out to be not quite right for me. The faux-Regency writing style has its moments, but I must admit it's mostly rather tedious to my taste. The entire plot, such as it is, is purely a vehicle for a contrived, somewhat traditional romance story. The POV shifts annoyed me, as did the fact that barely any of the story actually takes place at Oxford, really. Gray ("The Boy") is whis [...]

    21. This is a tough book to rate. Unfortunately, I read it during a busy time so I was unable to read more than a chapter or two per night. It felt more like a book that required longer sittings to really immerse yourself in the story. The concept wasn't ground breaking: a young man (Gray) at a school for magic discovers a murderous plot, meets a charming and independent young women (Sophie) who turns out to have very strong magical talents, and they team up along with some side characters to stop t [...]

    22. DNF at page 78. The print was too small and I couldnt get used to the writing. *I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*The August 2014 batch of First-to-Read books from Penguin was the best selection so far. I won my first book from the raffle but this is my second win overall. I was really happy to win a copy of this but I could not finish it and it had nothing to do with the content of the book. I DNF at page 78.My biggest complaint with this ARC was that the wri [...]

    23. A mini-review will have to do for this one. I had high hopes for The Midnight Queen, but they unfortunately weren’t met. To start, the writing style isn’t something I ever got used to. It’s old fashioned and third person point-of-view, both of which kept me from ever connecting to the characters on a deeper level. I felt like an observer rather than an invested party. The story itself is tedious and looooooong; I found myself bored more often than not but wanted to finish since I paid $15 [...]

    24. This book had a lot going for it. Interesting premise. Perhaps a unique world. However, for me everything fell flat. The world is not described in enough detail to really picture. It's also unclear what kind of culture and society the characters live in. I liked the characters, but wanted them fleshed out. Much of the book simply didn't flow, and there wasn't enough detail of events, places, or characters to be a satisfactory read. I had the uncorrected proof, so perhaps edited would be better? [...]

    25. I love Gray and I love Sophie and I love them together. They are just so cute. This is a sweet story that is very entertaining, even if it is a bit slow at times.

    26. I was immediately drawn into this British alternate history fantasy world that author Sylvia Hunter has created. Men are the only ones allowed to study magick, even though women can possess it too. The magick system seems to be quite complex and some can be taught and other aspects need to be harnessed. There’s shapeshifting (the front cover might give you a clue into what), scrying, elemental and summoning magicks. There’s an awful lot to learn. Cue a library and books and also practical de [...]

    27. This was a Book of the Month Club read, so I worked through to the end, but I don't think I would have otherwise.The book is well-edited, has an ok premise, and a setting with some potential in that I'm sort of a sucker for anything Breton. But the story had too many contrivances, a historical setting that was a little slippery for me, and some outright bad choices in the last third of the book. I won't belabor the point, but the author slows things down right at the climax when we ought to be h [...]

    28. I really enjoyed the world that Hunter has created--it's alternate world Britain, where not only is magic a legitimate profession, but history has significantly diverged: Britain is comprised of England, Cymru (Wales), Kernow (Cornwall), and three provinces in France: Normandie (Normandy), Breizh (Brittany), and Maine, and a Tudor king still sits on the throne. Eire (Ireland) and Alba (Scotland) are separate countries. I love that the author has retained the old names in their native tongues, an [...]

    29. First read: December 2016I picked this up in Oxfam solely because it was pretty -- well, pretty and it sounded from the blurb like it might be vaguely my thing. It turned out to be more than vaguely my kind of thing: I enjoyed it a lot, and for a chance purchase it was a very successful one. Firstly, I like stories about magic, and this has plenty of it. While not a super clearly defined or unique magic system (in that it doesn't go into detail about exactly how or why magic works in this world) [...]

    30. The Midnight Queen is an excellent work of historical fantasy. As a fan of Austen and Forster and Montgomery but new to the world of fantasy, it is gratifying to find in a contemporary author such command of language that it echoes the masters of the past. Such masters often challenge the readers with difficult passages or book that is meant to savored over time, but the rewards of such a book are great. The story Hunter weaves is a fantastical alternate reality of England which is so thoroughly [...]

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