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Morland Dynasty 18: The Abyss [Paperback]

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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June 6 1996 Morland Dynasty (Book 18)
In the Morland Dynasty series, the majestic sweep of English history is richly and movingly portrayed through the fictional lives of the Morland family. It is 1833, and the industrial age is sweeping through England and the Stephensons are planning the greatest engineering scheme ever undertaken—a railway line from Liverpool to London. At Morland Place, Nicholas had hoped that his brother Benedict had been banished for ever. But railway fever brings Benedict back to York as an engineer on the Leeds & Selby line.  When plans are formed to bring the railway to York, Nicholas not only fears his brother may steal his inheritance, but that the iron horse will destroy the very Morland lands. The conflict between the brothers mirrors the nation’s battle between old and new.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; 18 edition (June 6 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751517453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751517453
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the Morland Dynasty Series, the majestic sweep of English history is richly and movingly portrayed through the fictional lives of the Morland family. The 22 volumes that comprise this elegantly produced series offer entertainment of the most compelling kind.

About the Author

Cynthia Harrod Eagles won the Young Writers' Award with her first novel, THE WAITING GAME and won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award with EMILY. She has written over 50 books including 29 volumes of the Morland Dynasty, which she will be taking up to present day.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars #18: 1833-1837. Covers the building of the railways and the early reign of Queen Victoria Dec 5 2010
By Ellis Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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In The Abyss, the struggle between Nicholas and Benedict Morland really takes center stage. Benedict still lives in exile, working on the railways, while his brother, Nicholas, lives a life of decadence at Morland Place, surrounded by a cast of unsavory servants. The jealousy Nicholas feels towards his younger brother is mirrored in the larger struggle going on in England--between those who support the railways and those who do not.

As you might guess from the book's description, this installment in the series focuses on the rivalry between Nicholas and Benedict. There tends to be a bit black-and-white feel to their relationship; one of them is completely bad while the other is completely good. Still, you keep hoping that Nicholas will change his ways, even though you know his jealously is so deeply-seated that he won't. And it's amazing how deep that jealousy runs; Nicholas has even begun to believe all the lies he's been telling about his brother for all these years. It even seems that the only reason why he opposes the railways is to get back at his brother.

I enjoyed reading about how the railways came about, but I did think the novel could have focused on some of the other members of the family, too. Instead, it's as though the author totally forgot about them in order to focus on the Benedict and Nicholas storyline. Also, I think that a better way could have been found to resolve the conflict. Still, it'll be interesting to witness the fallout from the brothers' rivalry in the next book in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A hard slog because of the difficult characters--hard to stay engaged in such a bleak read but stuck it for Benedict's sake. Nov. 4 2013
By A L Ashforth - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a difficult book to read--it is so bleak and depressing. I can't imagine a more hateful character than Nicholas, and found myself disliking his parents now too because their judgment was so impaired regarding their sons; whereas before, in the earlier books, I was very, very fond of both James and Heloise. In this book, neither has any redeeming characteristics. I was very drawn to Benedict, as I share his love of animals, and was alarmed that Nicholas might harm Benedict's foxes. It is an interesting study of how the branch is bent by parental influence, and also how a more resilient child can still grow straight, without parental support. In my life experience, I have found a child can be born bent and evil--they are different, withdrawn, in their own world, from birth and this story is a good description of that fact. This was my least favorite Morland book. I am reading the entire series and highly recomend you do so too.

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