To Lady Katherine, he is a dark angel; to his faithful knight Raphael, a creature of light; to others, a complex and seductive mystery. Through their eyes we see Richard grow in a strange world - like ours yet unlike, where a Mother Goddess is still revered alongside a patriarchal God. As the struggle between old and new religions is mirrored in that between York and Lancaster, a chance meeting binds Katherine and Richard reluctantly together, and Raphael becomes haunted by nightmare visions of the future.
From their youth, the novel traces their story along with that of England during one of the most fascinating times of our history.
In the bestselling tradition of The Mists of Avalon and Lady of Hay, The Court of the Midnight King mixes history with the fantastical to create a wonderful, epic tapestry of love, war, and treachery.
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By GT on 17-06-14
What a superb find
What made the experience of listening to The Court of the Midnight King the most enjoyable?
I don't know how I managed to buy this book but I an so glad I did. It is the story of Richard III through the eyes of a minor noblewoman who was also the most dangerous people of the time, a healer. Richard had a one day affair with a young gird then totally rejects her because he thought she was trying to capture his heart like Elizabeth Woodford had captured his brother Edward IV. And so the story goes .........??
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By Adanaya on 11-08-18
Love the story Loathe the narrator
The story is one quite a few Ricardians would relate to, but the narrator makes it so difficult. He hasn't the voices of the characters, especially the women. The men are patchy. He doesn't seem to get the supernatural elements either. I agree that it would have been better to employ a good female narrator, who understands the difference between a whisper and a shriek. All of his women sound wrong. They all sound like members of the older members of the royal family. Far too high pitched and full of wrong inflections. No understanding. I read the book and couldn't put it down. It's an alternate universe, so slips in historical facts and dates are immaterial , it's different and interesting, but this interpretation saddened me. One stars for performance is generous, which dragged the overall mark down, but I can't fault the plot and the craftsmanship and love which went into the writing, but immensely silly bits as well. The Lamed King story especially ridiculous. Who in their right minds would see the Tudors as a fair exchange with The Plantagenets? Richard would have married again and produced a nursery full of children. There'd have been church reforms, but not the wholesale Tudor slaughter and desecration. But as for the book? It's probably better to read it for yourself. A long read, but well worth it. A drag and endurance test to listen.