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Morland Dynasty 18: The Abyss Mass Market Paperback – Jun 6 1996

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Revised ed. edition (June 6 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751517453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751517453
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher

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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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
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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 In my life experience, I have found a child can be born bent and evil--they are different, withdrawn, in their own world, from birth and this story is a good description of that fact.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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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
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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.
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing Sept. 2 2016
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The most positive facet of this novel was the detailed setting and description of clothing of the period. I can't say I enjoyed reading it. I kept waiting for the novel to improve from the point of view of how depressing it was, but unfortunately that didn't happen. One thing that really annoyed me was the depth of gullibility of one of the main characters, Benedict. Initially, it was perhaps believable, but later became less than credible. I also found the ending less than satisfying.