SUMMARY ´ The Mirk and Midnight Hour

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The Mirk and Midnight HourLingly clear Mirk and Midnight eBook #180 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?. Darkly delightful Tam Lin retelling The language of the writing was wonderful fit the setting perfectly and the characters were all so alive At times it felt like I was reading a southern civil war era Downton Abbey Except with magic I'm not sure how to classify the magic either; was it magical realism Fantasy I don't know but I loved it Definitely a must read I think this will also have strong appeal to adults

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Hen she The Mirk Epubcomes 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 chil. This was one of the most racist stories I've had the misfortune of experiencing and is also one of the most boring and badly written I would rate it zero stars if I could In fact I created an account on this website to hopefully warn potential readers against getting anywhere near this book The only reason I finished this story was because it was actually in a book on CD form and I had to travel over 30 hours with not much else to listen to Firstly the white actress who read this story out loud was painful to listen to whenever she tried to struggle and stumble her way through the AAVE dialect of the enslaved characters but her narration was NOWHERE NEAR how cringe worthy Jane Nickerson's book actually ended up being The fact that this story takes place in Mississippi during the Civil War and centers around a white girl and is written by a white author probably should have probably tipped me off that this is the type of historical fiction that has way too much in common with the likes of Gone With the Wind and Uncle Tom's Cabin Sadly I gave it a chance because I thought FOOLISHLY that the severely injured Union soldier mentioned in the summary would have been black and there'd be some kind of profound type of racial dialogue on the status of the country when she meets him and that the person who was tending to Thomas before Violet encounters him was doing so so that they could force him into slavery WOW was I way off Allow me to specify when Violent FINALLY meets Thomas which happens not in the first 3 chapters like you would expect but nearly at the story's HALFWAY POINT talk about pacing issues he's white and his captors are the VanZeldts an African family who willingly chose to come to America a few years prior despite of the fact that they knew black people in the country were held in bondage and treated worse than animals Just couldn't resist that spirit of American freedom I guess More specifically this free African family in the South was tending to a Union solider's wounds not out of compassion for the Union cause but because they wanted to use him as a sacrifice in a Voodoo ritual Who let this be publishedThat's just the tip of iceberg when it comes to how mind bendingly racist this book is For one Violet's slave Laney is referred to as a servant and Violet considers her one of her best friends After all that's how my relationships with my friends always go I force them to work for me and I consider them subhuman Funnily enough Laney even seems to support the confederate cause and shows no support for the Union whenever Violet talks to her I WONDER WHY There’s even a scene where Violet finds out her step sister Sunny had slapped Laney and Violet makes sure to give Sunny a stern talking to about not doing that again So glad the author included that scene to show readers that Violet is a GOOD slave owner not a nasty mean one THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A GOOD OR KIND SLAVE OWNER NICKERSON Although that certainly doesn’t stop her from trying to convince us otherwise in other Violet Laney instances and through the character of Ruby Jewel and her slaveSome noteworthy instances also included when Violent remarked on how the VanZeldts seemed alien and snake like to her because of their African ways and this was before she knew they were antagonistic Yet who could forget the part where a VanZeldt man attempted and nearly succeeded in raping Violet The myth of the black evil rapist that fueled the lynching of thousands of innocent black men after the Civil War is encapsulated marvelously in Nickerson's prose After escaping the attempted assault a VanZeldt woman even makes sure to tell Violet that if she doesn't let her near rapist have his way with her she'll eventually be drugged so that she'll be easier for him to rape I hope the author is ashamed And this is only what the VanZeldts were written as doing when they WEREN'T casting malicious Voodoo spells on the poor unsuspecting white Southerners magical black people trope check stripping down to loincloths to dance around a fire drinking snake blood or beating up an Injured Union Solider I can’t believe I’m not jokingCharacters were boring and unsurprising when they weren’t racist caricatures and book was obviously double or triple the length it should have been The author’s writing may in some instances be unusually atmospheric and descriptive but that in no way makes up for every other gaping flaw it has In short this story was blatantly racist and made me depressed to know it was published in 2014 It’s sad to see that few other reviews mention the racism but this book is pretty obviously historical fiction for one of the two Americas and it’s not the black one

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SUMMARY ´ The Mirk and Midnight Hour Ì [Download] ➾ The Mirk and Midnight Hour By Jane Nickerson – 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 addict A Southern girl AA Southern girl A wounded soldier A chilling and Midnight PDFEPUB #189 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 W. The Mirk and Midnight Hour is blurbed as a retelling of the Scottish ballad of Tam Lin I have read and loved several versions of Tam Lin including Jane Yolen's beautifully illustrated retelling so I am familiar with the story and I was curious how author Jane Nickerson would translate the ballad to a Civil War setting In Nickerson's version the heroine is seventeen year old Violet Dancey When Violet's father joins the Confederate Army he leaves her behind in Mississippi to adjust to life with a new stepmother stepsister and two cousins she barely knows I am generally drawn to historical fiction so I enjoyed the portion of the story dedicated to Violet's life how she adjusts to the war induced changes in her life and how she comes to love and care for her cobbled together family Her changing views on slavery and her relationship with the family's slaves if not entirely believable in a historical sense were at least portrayed with a little depth and subtlety than in Nickerson's previous novel Strands of Bronze and GoldThe flaw in this novel I think was in trying to force it to be a retelling Throughout the story the author borrows very little from the ballad The dark fairies are introduced but do not seem all that sinister and Tam Lin himself does not make an appearance until halfway through the story His relationship with Violet seemed rushed and unrealistic The author dropped the sexual aspect of the ballad which I can understand given that she wanted to write a PG version for young adults but the story loses that edgier element that could have introduced flaws in both main characters as well as strengthened Violet's motivations her reasons for wanting to save her lover The ending solidly parallels the ballad but by that point the hoodoo and the supernaturally charged climax seemed like deus ex machina and strangely out of place Given the historical setting and the source material this should have been a five star book but the combination of the two ideas just didn't work for me