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  • ISBN 085456554X
  • ISBN13 978-0854565542
  • Language English
  • Author Anya Seton
  • Publisher Ulverscroft; Large Print edition (January 1, 1977)
  • Pages 515
  • Formats lrf lit lrf doc
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Genre Fiction
  • Size ePub 1113 kb
  • Size Fb2 1705 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 426

Book by Seton, Anya

In Devil Water they will not be disappointed. I know the country well, and have many friends and cousins there.

In Devil Water they will not be disappointed. I have struggled to indicate the flavor of the varying dialects, without swamping the reader, and may the Northumbrians forgive me for lapses!

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ANYA SETON (1904–1990) was the author of many best-selling historical novels, including Katherine, Avalon, Dragonwyck, and Foxfire. She lived in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Only 9 left in stock (more on the way). ANYA SETON (1904–1990) was the author of many best-selling historical novels, including Katherine, Avalon, Dragonwyck, and Foxfire. ANYA SETON (1904–1990) was the author of many best-selling historical novels, including Katherine, Avalon, Dragonwyck, Devil Water, and Foxfire.

Her sole purpose is to tell a rousing good tale plainly and simply and this she does admirably. New York Herald Tribune. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Her novel Devil Water concerns James, the luckless Earl of Derwentwater and his involvement with the . Seton stated that the book developed out of her love for Northumberland. She certainly visited her Snowdon cousins at Felton.

Her novel Devil Water concerns James, the luckless Earl of Derwentwater and his involvement with the Jacobite rising of 1715. She also narrates the story of his brother Charles, beheaded after the 1745 rebellion, the last man to die for the cause. The action of the novel moves back and forth between Northumberland, Tyneside, London, and America. Billy Pigg, the celebrated Northumbrian piper played "Derwentwater's Farewell" especially for her.

Young Charles Radcliffe heard it as he rode down the hill from Dilston Castle towards the Devil Water. Those wild despairing sobs came only from a kitchen wench whose lover - a scurvy Hexham beggar. had four days since stolen a cow from the Dilston byre. The rogue had soon been caught with the cow, hidden in a copse. The castle steward said the thief had protested that his mother was starving - some such tale. But the thief was very properly hanged forthwith

A true story fictionalized by a writer who has a special feeling for the dramatic. Mixed by Miss Seton's skillful hands, the dust of the past becomes the clay of the artist and is molded into memorable, lifelike form.

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ANYA SETON (1904 -1990) was the author of 10 bestselling historical novels: Dragonwyk, My Theodosia, The Turquoise, The Hearth & Eagle, Foxfire, Katherine, Avalon, The Winthrop Woman, Devil Water and Green Darkness. Anya Seton was born in New York City and grew up on her father's large estate in Cos Cob and Greenwich, Connecticut, where visiting Indians taught her Indian dancing and woodcraft. One Sioux chief called her Anutika, which means 'cloud grey eyes', a name which the family shortened to Anya. She was educated by governesses, and then travelled abroad, first to England, then to France where she hoped to become a doctor.

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I quite enjoyed the two previous Seton books I've read; her strength is in writing well-detailed historical novels with strong, entertaining plots, and in that regard this one is no different. I was consistently entertained and kept wanting to know what happened next. And I learned a fair bit about the Jacobite rebellions, and some about colonial Virginia. The settings are well-done and enjoyable to read about. Seton's books are certainly more immersive than those of many other historical fiction writers, who tend to skip over the description and assume readers will fill it in for themselves; Seton takes worldbuilding as seriously as many a fantasy writer and I always appreciate that.

I'm of two minds about the characters. Charles Radcliffe is possibly the most complex character here, and his exploits are interesting to read about. His daughter Jenny takes center stage for most of the book, and she's just okay--she has her moments, but Seton's rhapsodizing about her beauty and inviting us to feel sorry for her because other women are jealous of it and therefore dislike her often tends to overwhelm her actual personality. Her friend Evelyn is the more interesting of the two, and with far less screen time. And, unfortunately, a lot of Jenny's time is spent on a quite unromantic romance (I concur with the other reviewers who called this the least interesting part of the book), which Seton nevertheless seems to expect us to find romantic. It reaches the height of silliness with a contrived "devil worship" episode, which, while one of the most important scenes in the book as far as its effect on the plot goes, takes up all of three pages including build-up and immediate aftermath, making it near impossible to take seriously--and it was a goofy idea to begin with.

Finally, every time I review an Anya Seton book I find myself writing some variation on: "Overall, this book has aged well for something written 50-60 years ago, but...." What comes after the "but" is always different. In this case, it's a particularly unfortunate sequence from which it appears that Seton realized it's a really bad thing to hit or rape one's spouse, but considered such actions easily forgiveable if the offending spouse apologizes and promises never to do so again, and furthermore, that that person can show their continued love by making decisions for the other person without asking their preferences one way or the other. (Also, a kid with a limp and webbed fingers is better off dead? Huh?)

Meanwhile, the prose itself is serviceable, although the foreshadowing is about as subtle as a sledgehammer. Three stars is perhaps a bit generous in my view, but Devil Water is overall an entertaining book and well-executed, although not on the same level as Katherine or The Winthrop Woman.
To begin with, I want to say that this is my first Seton novel, and the only reason I took it up is because I adore all things Jacobite. At first I was skeptical, as I'm usually weary of novels which have garnered a surreal amount of praise- an odd disposition, I realize. But this was really quite impressive. The characters are very endearing, from Charles (who was somewhat of an acquired taste for me, I have to say) and his ill-fated brother James (who was my favorite from the beginning) to Charles's daughter Jenny (who I wanted to bash over the head with a frying pan at times, but Seton still managed to make me like her anyways- an impressive feat in itself). I was amazed at the way Seton managed to take the historical figures in her novel and turn them into wholly believable novel-characters. Usually, if I give a bad review, it's because the characters are poorly developed, but even I couldn't find fault with Seton's master development.

The story itself is very touching- and I don't really think that this can be qualified as a romance novel, per se. It's really about Charles and Jenny, and the strong paternal love Charles has for his daughter, despite the fact that he has come to dislike (and even perhaps condescend upon) Jenny's mother and her Snowdon relations. It's also about the rift that these two very different bloodlines cause in Jenny, who sometimes lapses back into her low-born Northern dialect, and at other times toasts to the would-be King James like any proud Radcliffe would. With Rob and Charles seeming to pull her two different ways, Jenny has a bit of a struggle feeling truly rooted to anything. And I feel that this is the main conflict of DEVIL WATER. So, really, it's not a romance. If it had been, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much, because I found the passages about Jenny and Rob to be the least interesting part of the story. Also, [SPOILER WARNING] I didn't approve of their reconciliation in the end, especially after what he did to her when she told him she was going to join her father. Abuse is not something that should be forgiven so lightly, if at all. And I also kept thinking that Rob was being rather petty (and, again, abusive), having jealousies over Jenny's relationship with her own father. He's probably my least favorite character in this story, and that being said, my point is that I'm glad this wasn't a romance novel. [/SPOILERS]

Also, that part about the Duke of Wharton? Correct me if I'm wrong, but that is fabricated, right? I know he had a Hell-Fire club, but there's really nothing to suggest that anything cruel took place during their meetings. I feel that might have been an injustice to him, although this is historical fiction and I realize the author has a right to take certain liberties with her characters. But still.

Overall, this book was an unexpected pleasure to read. It is very different than anything I've ever read, and I've rarely felt quite so attached to the characters of a novel before. A very good read, and very recommended.
First quarter of the book is very slow and dragging. It took me almost a week to get through it. I know now that, that part is important for the book as the author was thorough in her introduction of all the characters who would later play various very important roles in the story.

The story picked up after the first quarter and by half way through the book I wasn't able to put it down. The book is steeped in history of course, but the characters and their stories of religious and political struggles, of love, loyalty and adventure will get to your heart.

I had sobbed and cried through most of the last chapter, and ended up with red, puffy eyes when I at last closed the book at the end of the story.
It was during the process of delving into my own family ancestry and record of my 8th Great Grandmother, Jane Radclyffe, that I stumbled upon reference to this wonderful novel by Anya Seton.
Miss Seton is a convincing story teller. Her research leaves me in awe. She has deftly illuminated a wonderful period in our history.