The Mirk and Midnight Hour

The Mirk and Midnight Hour

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A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest. All collide at night's darkest hour. Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war'a war that has already claimed her twin brother. When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy'one of the men who might have killed her own brother'and yet she's drawn to him. But Violet isn't Thomas's only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds'keeping him alive'and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn't been out of compassion. Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves. From the author of Strands of Bronze and Gold comes a haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of "Tam Lin." From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780385752893
038575289X
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jul 20, 2014

I absolutely loved the novel (mostly). However, the ending felt like it was tied up a little too neatly. I was thinking it'd be a lot messier considering this was a time of war and there were people dealing with black magic. It was not until the very end that I realized this was a retelling of the ballad of Tam Lin and I wish so much that it wasn't because I feel like the author had been restricted towards the end in order to keep true to the ballad. If she had not we might have seen a more colorful and intense 'fight.' She had made such wonderful characters with a beautiful story to them and an excellent setting and it ended up falling flat at the end, which absolutely sucks.

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