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The Prince of Midnight [Hardcover]

Laura Kinsale
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Book Description

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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars very good, unexpected June 1 2003
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Kinsale is like no other! May 18 2002
Format:Paperback
Prince of Midnight... I bought this a long time ago and finally have settle down to actually read it. I enjoyed the novel. It had twists and turns that you don't expect until you read them. Kinsale creates original, believable and intriguing characters for her stories. No book and story are alike with her. She get a fresh new scenerio every time.
In this story, the myth of the notorious highwayman "The Prince of Midnight" is a huge legend in London... the vindicator, the protector, the theif, the charmer. When her town is highjacked by a priest who brainwashes the town and destroys her family, Leigh goes in search of the fabled hero to teach her how to fight so she can kill her family's murderer. She travels all the way to France only to find a stumbling, drunk shadow of the fabled hero living in solitude in the Alps. The travel across land and sea back to England... and find themselves in precarious positions along the way. The only thing that racked my brain was that Leigh was so frustrating even I wanted to yell at her as much as the hero did. But Laura Kinsale is so wonderful in her storytelling I gave it 4 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Book - Horrible Printing Job April 12 2003
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Format:Paperback
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 (eread.com) 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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was great! Feb. 13 2003
Format:Paperback
I have read all of Laura Kinsale's novels. I saw "The Prince of Midnight" in a grocery store back in 91. I practically ran to it. The cover was absolutely gorgeous. Fabio was on the cover sitting on a horse. This cover was the first romance novel to show a man without a woman. The storyline was interesting, different than others I have read. I have read and re-read this novel so many times that I had to end up buying a hardcover edition. I also recommend Brenda Joyce's Scandouls Love. Its too bad most romance novels today don't have the dashing prince with the damsel in distress on the covers. Pictures are what attracts me first, then I read the back for the storyline. Buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
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