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The Moon and the Sun Paperback – 14 July 2015
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A dazzling and spirited evocation of the passions, intrigues and preconceptions of the age: an enchanting slice of what-if historical speculation ― Kirkus
Successfully melds fantasy and alternate history to create a charming, well-written and meticulously researched novel ― Fantasy Book Review
'Lyman's account of their feat of endurance and of their comrades' sacrifice will make you feel proud to be British' Daily Express. ― Daily Express
'a good read and contains some detail not in previous titles, in particular Hasler and Sparks' escape to Spain with the French resistance' Royal Canoe Club. ― Royal Canoe Club
- Publisher : Jo Fletcher Books; 1st edition (14 July 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0857054244
- ISBN-13 : 978-0857054241
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 546,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of my favourite re-reads , set in a France that could have been at the height of the Sun King's reign
Mermaid and maiden form an amazing bond of friendship while the king plots to live forever , and a brave man ,small in size but big of spirit, steals the show
Vonda McIntyre won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1997 for this gem of a book
Ps the Aussie movie based on this book looks to be a fizzer
There is NO Lucien in the movie!?!?
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Yves sister, Marie-Josephe, is also at court. She is intelligent and helps him in science experiments but also naive in the ways of the sophisticated French court. She befriends the live sea creature and learns to communicate with her.
This is an alternate history book about Louis XIV and Versailles with a tremendous amount of historical detail. As someone interested and somewhat knowledgeable about that time period, I found this book extremely interesting, but I suspect others might find the historical aspect a bit dense and too detailed. The book won the 1997 Nebula award versus books like A Game of Thrones, King's Dragon, and How Few Remain, and I believe it was well-deserved. The author has captured well the character of the many persons depicted in the book. Most of them were real persons and have their own historical record. The settings and descriptions are excellent, displaying all the opulence of Versailles.
Some might think the writing a bit stilted, but I thought the formal tone fit the period and setting. The world of the sea creature is suitably fantastical. I especially like music as the medium of communication between Marie-Josephe and the creature. I also liked that the sea creature was the Ariel-type version of a mermaid and more of an alien creature.
I found this an excellent read and truly enjoyed the book.
Lovers of the splendors of France and Versailles before the revolution will be enchanted by the plot, the romance between two seemingly opposites, and the historical detail and personalities of the times.
I've read this several times and am always delighted by it. What a fantasy treat.