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The Long Night   By: (1855-1928)

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The Long Night by Stanley John Weyman is a captivating historical fiction novel set in the 16th century. Weyman's impeccable storytelling skills take readers on a thrilling journey through the treacherous period of the French Wars of Religion.

The novel follows the life of Charles de Marigny, a young nobleman who is sent to Paris to serve as a page to Catherine de Medici, the powerful queen mother. As Charles becomes entangled in the deadly political games of the era, he finds himself torn between loyalty to his queen and his own moral compass.

Weyman's vivid descriptions transport readers to the chaotic streets of 16th century Paris, making the setting come alive with its bustling markets, opulent palaces, and grimy taverns. The author seamlessly weaves historical events into the narrative, providing an accurate backdrop for the characters' struggles.

What sets The Long Night apart is Weyman's ability to create multi-dimensional characters who feel real and relatable. Charles, in particular, is a compelling protagonist, as he grapples with his own desires for justice and fairness amidst the turmoil of religious conflict. The emotional depth of the characters adds an extra layer of complexity to the already rich plot.

The pacing of the book is masterful, with Weyman expertly building suspense and tension in every chapter. The narrative unfolds at a perfect rhythm, keeping readers captivated and eager to unravel the mysteries that lie ahead. Each twist and turn is skillfully executed, ensuring that the reader remains on the edge of their seat until the very last page.

The Long Night also explores themes of religious intolerance, political manipulation, and the struggle for personal identity. Through Charles' journey, Weyman invites readers to reflect on the timeless issues of faith, loyalty, and the consequences of one's choices.

My only criticism of the novel is that at times, the dialogue feels slightly stiff and overly formal, which can disrupt the flow of the story. However, this minor flaw does not significantly detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, The Long Night is a riveting historical fiction novel that seamlessly blends historical accuracy with compelling storytelling. Stanley John Weyman's ability to transport readers to another time and place is truly remarkable, and his complex characters and intricate plot make for an engaging read. Fans of historical fiction will find themselves thoroughly immersed in this tale of love, betrayal, and moral dilemmas.

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THE LONG NIGHT

BY STANLEY WEYMAN

AUTHOR OF "A GENTLEMAN OF FRANCE," ETC.

SECOND IMPRESSION

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. 39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON AND BOMBAY 1903

WORKS BY STANLEY WEYMAN.

The House of the Wolf. The New Rector. The Story of Francis Cludde. A Gentleman of France. The Man in Black. Under the Red Robe. My Lady Rotha. The Red Cockade. Shrewsbury. Sophia. The Castle Inn. From the Memoirs of a Minister of France. Count Hannibal. In Kings' Byways. The Long Night.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. A Student of Theology 1 II. The House on the Ramparts 16 III. The Quintessential Stone 31 IV. Cæsar Basterga 45 V. The Elixir Vitæ 59 VI. To Take or Leave 74 VII. A Second Tissot 88 VIII. On the Threshold 102 IX. Melusina 116 X. Auctio Fit: Venit Vita 129 XI. By This or That 143 XII. The Cup and the Lip 157 XIII. A Mystery Solved 172 XIV... Continue reading book >>




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