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The Prince of Midnight [Hardcover]

Laura Kinsale
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June 1991 0727842145 978-0727842145 Reprint
Praise for Laura Kinsale:

"Magic and beauty flow from Laura Kinsale's pen."
-Romantic Times

"Readers should be enchanted."
-Publishers Weekly

"One of the best writers in the history of the romance genre."
-All About Romance

"Laura Kinsale delivers powerful, unique romance."
-Amanda Quick

"A writer who always provides a triumphant novel."
-Affaire de Coeur

She is seeking only to learn how to kill…

Lady Leigh Strachan has dressed as a boy and crossed all of France in search of her family's killer. Her only wish is to be trained to kill by a notorious highwayman, a legend throughout England, so she can avenge their deaths..

He's in hidingand desperately lonely…

The reclusive S.T. Maitland, once known as the Prince of Midnight, is now hiding out in a crumbling castle in France. He is deaf in one ear, suffers from vertigo, and is desperately longing for a woman's company. He seems revoltingly sentimental to the stoic Lady Leigh… When fate forces them onto a quest together, she discovers the dangerous and vital man behind the reputation, and he finds a way to touch her ice cold heart…
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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From Publishers Weekly

Romance readers should be enchanted with Kinsale's ( Seize the Fire ) unlikely 18th-century duo: a staunchly unsentimental heroine and the has-been highwayman who joins her quest for vengeance. Leigh Strachan's parents and sisters are dead, and she's determined to murder the man responsible: The Right Reverend James Chilton. To this end, she tracks down S. T. Maitland, once the infamous robber called the Prince of Midnight but now a recluse--he can teach her how to handle a gun and a sword. But her "prince" is a disappointment: he's deaf in one ear, inclined to dizzy spells, a hopeless romantic starved for female company--and he fancies a wolf as a housepet. Just as Leigh concludes that S.T. is useless, he decides to become her champion. As they travel to Leigh's home to challenge Chilton, each emerges from a kind of cocoon: S.T. regains his skills, Leigh her capacity to feel affection. Unfortunately the unscrupulous reverend and his deluded followers are far less interesting than the bantering Leigh and S.T., and the prolonged confrontation seems more drab than dramatic. Major ad/promo.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Laura Kinsale, a former geologist, is the New York Times bestselling author of Flowers from the Storm, The Prince of Midnight, and Seize the Fire. She and her husband divide their time between Santa Fe and Dallas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars definitely a keeper!! Aug. 17 2003
By A Customer
What a charmer! This was a pleasant surprise in a world of stereotypical strong macho men romances. I won't go over the story because the other reviewers already have but suffice it to say that the characterisation is wonderful, the heroism is not overblown and the human flaws are honestly and openly dealt with. Lovely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best romance writer EVER Aug. 7 2003
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Laura Kinsale is without a doubt the best romance writer of all time. No one else can do a romantic story about two people who are so wounded. This book has that magic formula that only Kinsale does so well -- at the beginning you're convinced the hero & heroine could never possibly be happy together; by the ending, you can't imagine them happy with anyone else.
To say more would be to give away the plot. Any of her books is a sure-fire winner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good, unexpected June 1 2003
This seemed like it was going to be a very strange book and, in some ways, very unlike any other romance I've read. There's a former swordsman named S. T. Maitland who's half-deaf and loves to love and be loved, S. T.'s pet wolf who's afraid of women, and Leigh Strachan, a woman who's disguised herself as a man and wants to learn to use a sword so she avenge her family. In an odd sort of role reversal, it's Leigh who wants nothing to do with love and emotions, and S. T. who wants love (although mostly he wants a willing bedpartner). One thing that I noticed about this book that was really different from any other romance I've read was the point of view from which it was told. Most romance novels I've read mainly show things from the woman's point of view, with occaisional passages or chapters from the man's. In this book, that was reversed. It isn't even until the fourth chapter that you get to see anything from Leigh's point of view, or know her actual thoughts. It was interesting, and, although I wasn't sure at first how I'd like it, S. T. was fascinating. The only real problem I had with this book was Leigh, who was often very frusterating. I could understand why she didn't want to open up to S. T. - I though the author got that across quite nicely. However, I got tired of how cruel and cold she could be, and started wishing she'd just learn to trust someone a little. It was a great story, but sometimes Leigh really made me want to scream in frusteration. If I could, I think I would give this book a 4.5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Book - Horrible Printing Job April 13 2003
By A Customer
This is a wonderful story of a heart-hardened heroine and a flawed, romantic, optimistic hero who rises to the occasion. Not only is this beautifully written, but there is a nice flip of roles. He is aching to be in love and she is desperately afraid if it, not just with him but with his horses and his wolf sidekick as well. The only really disappointing thing about this particular printing is the lack of respect for the written word. Whoever is responsible for printing this edition ( should be ashamed of themselves. I have never seen so many typos in anything. There must be well over a hundred mistakes in this book. Sometimes two and three on a page. Some of these mistakes made it hard to understand the intent of the author. Really a mess. If you can find an old issue read that. The one pictured here should be burned. If I were the author I would sue.
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