Green Darkness [Anya Seton] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “The theme of this book is reincarnation, an attempt to show the. Green Darkness is the story of a great love, a love in which mysticism, suspense, and mystery form a web of good and evil forces that stretches from Tudor. Among a certain set, two books by Anya Seton stand out: Katherine and Green Darkness. I’ve sat in many a happily heated discussion of which.

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Whenever a group of romance writers turn to the subject of influential books, certain writers and books come up over and over again.

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Regency writers will pick out Georgette Heyer. Romantic suspense writers point to Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. Among a certain set, two books by Anya Seton stand out: Katherine and Green Darkness. My favorite is Green Darknesswhich spent six months on the New York Times bestseller list the year it was published. It is not just my favorite Anya Seton, or my favorite romantic historical of the period, but one ggeen my top five favorite books of all time.

I own two copies, battered and yellowed, so I can loan one out and never be without one. The year I was fifteen, I kept a reading diary.

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Aside from genuine astonishment over how many books I packed away that year between work and school and boyfriends, one fact stands out rather dramatically: I read Green Darkness six times.

Unlike a good many of my old favorites, it stands the test of time brilliantly. Green Darkness dafkness a tale of love and loss and redemption, told against a sumptuous backdrop in two centuries.


Richard Marsdon has brought his American bride Celia home to his family estate in England, and the blissfully happy pair are set to settle in and build their new life together, touring the English countryside, admiring the old ruins of castles. But as the weeks pass, a strange mood settles over Richard and he withdraws, seeming distant and even brutal at times.

Afterward, he is contrite, and loving, but his mercurial moods leave Celia bewildered and unsettled. Matters come to a head one weekend when guests arrive, unwittingly reassembling the major players in a tragic drama played out four hundred years before. While the others fear for her life, Celia is forced to relieve her former life with Richard, then called Stephen, a monk of singular devotion and beauty who is tormented by his love for the young, innocent, and beautiful Celia Bohun.

In some ways, Green Darkness is not an easy read.

In the tradition of romantic historicals of the times, it is a dense book, with a cast of hundreds that form a rich and elaborate weaving of past and present.

The main characters are complex and human, and must struggle with their own natures, and against a turbulent swton in English history.

For all the density, the book is an engrossing read.

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Seton writes beautifully and with an understanding of human nature that is heartrending. In the following scene, the monk Stephen has been hidden away from the king, and has fallen desperately ill.

In the hurry to see what ails him, a young girl, half-smitten already with the sharply intelligent and sensually handsome monk who is her teacher, is forgotten:. The men had forgotten Celia as they stripped off the black habit, and exposed the young man naked. She shrank against the serving hatch and stared. Her shocked gaze flickered over the mat of curly black hair on his chest, the black hair further down which nestled around the large reddish objects which she had vaguely known men to possess and had seen tiny pale replicas of on boy babies.


Her cheeks grew hot, she felt the heat into her scalp, and she looked away troubled, fascinated. At fifteen, I found the book shockingly bawdy and sexy.

And, as an adult, I find much to appreciate in the frankness of language and the care Seton uses to draw the bawdy world of Elizabethan England. The writer in me swoons over her use of language, the crisp descriptions, the depth of emotions shown subtly growing to an almost unbearable pinnacle, the depth of history.

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for ggeen next time I comment. In the hurry to see what ails him, a young girl, half-smitten already with the sharply intelligent and sensually handsome monk anyaa is her teacher, is forgotten: February 3, Publication Date: European Historical Romance Review Tags: Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment.