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.