Opulence at Midnight by Renee Manley

Torquere Press

Gay Fantasy

Reviewed by Shayna

   

 

King Gaspar is determined to rid the people of his kingdom of their superstitious beliefs.  To this end, Gaspar decides to throw an extravagant ball that lasts three days leading up to the end of October to take his subjectsí minds off of ghosts and onto seeing Crown Prince Neville married.

Amidst the opulence of the nighttime affairs, Sylvain, the kingís younger son, meets the mysterious Roslyn.  Roslyn is everything Sylvain desires Ė strong, handsome, and somewhat otherworldly.  As Sylvain begins to fall for his newfound love, it becomes apparent that things are not at all right in his fatherís kingdom.  When Sylvain discovers the truth, will he be the one to pay the price for his fatherís actions?

I must begin by saying that Opulence at Midnight is quite unlike anything I have read in a very long time.  Itís both lovely and haunting, and while the story didnít leave me with a smile on my face, I was nonetheless left fully satisfied and have not been able to put the tale out of my mind since.  Iím afraid not much can be said about Opulence at Midnight without giving away the entire story.  I found the book to be intriguing, taking twists and turns that were hinted at, but nonetheless I wasnít sure it would take.  Renee Manley is an author I have not read before but who I am definitely going to be on the lookout for from now on.  For a change of pace that is sure to engage, I can recommend no better than Opulence at Midnight.  Itís sensual, evocative, and I was completely enthralled from beginning to end.

     

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