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The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)   By: (1806-1872)

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The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II) by Charles James Lever is a captivating continuation of the thrilling story that began in the first volume. Set against the backdrop of early 19th-century Ireland, this historical novel takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions and adventures, providing a remarkable glimpse into the lives of its diverse and well-developed characters.

Lever's skillful storytelling instantly transports readers into a world filled with political turmoil, social disparities, and complex relationships. Throughout the book, Lever expertly weaves in historical events and incorporates them seamlessly into the narrative, offering a rich and detailed portrayal of the time period.

The character development in this volume is truly outstanding. The protagonist, Sir Myles Trafford, continues to navigate the challenges and dilemmas that come with his newfound social status, while also grappling with the complexities of both personal and political loyalties. His internal struggles are relatable and human, making him a highly engaging character.

Moreover, Lever introduces a host of memorable supporting characters who play significant roles in the overall narrative. From the scheming and ambitious politicians to the steadfast and loyal companions, each character adds a unique layer to the story, making it feel vibrant and dynamic.

One notable aspect of this book is Lever's ability to balance multiple storylines and subplots without overwhelming the reader. While some authors may struggle to maintain focus in such situations, Lever seamlessly integrates each narrative thread, ensuring a satisfying cohesion to the overarching story.

Furthermore, the book shines in its exploration of themes such as honor, love, and societal expectations. Lever delves deep into these themes, pushing the characters to confront their own beliefs and the consequences of their actions. This exploration adds depth and relevance to the story, transcending mere entertainment and provoking thought and reflection.

However, it's worth noting that the pacing in this volume can be somewhat uneven at times. While the story generally moves at an engaging pace, there are moments where it becomes slightly sluggish. Nonetheless, Lever's evocative and descriptive prose compensates for this minor drawback, drawing readers back into the narrative whenever their attention may waver.

In conclusion, The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II) by Charles James Lever is a worthy continuation of an enthralling historical novel. Lever's masterful storytelling, well-rounded characters, and poignant exploration of themes come together to create a compelling and immersive reading experience. Despite minor pacing issues, this volume beautifully concludes the series, leaving readers both satisfied and longing for more.

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By Charles James Lever

A Tale of the Time of the Union

With Illustrations By Phiz.

In Two Volumes. Vol. II.

Boston: Little, Brown, And Company 1894.



Soon after breakfast the following morning the Knight set out to pay his promised visit to Miss Daly, who had taken up her abode at a little village on the coast, about three miles distant. Had Darcy known that her removal thither had been in consequence of his own arrival at "The Corvy," the fact would have greatly added to an embarrassment sufficiently great on other grounds. Of this, however, he was not aware; her brother Bagenal accounting for her not inhabiting "The Corvy" as being lonely and desolate, whereas the village of Ballintray was, after its fashion, a little watering place much frequented in the season by visitors from Coleraine, and other towns still more inland.

Thither now the Knight bent his steps by a little footpath across the fields which, from time to time, approached the seaside, and wound again through the gently undulating surface of that ever changing tract.

Not a human habitation was in sight; not a living thing was seen to move over that wide expanse; it was solitude the very deepest, and well suited the habit of his mind who now wandered there alone... Continue reading book >>

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