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by Winston Graham

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I didn’t enjoy this Poldark title as much as I enjoyed the three earlier ones. I certainly didn’t have any trouble putting it aside for other reads.

The main reason was that Ross, always a complex character, does become a contemptible villain at one stage. His actions & his lack of care for how Demelza feels about them are appalling. Graham shies away from having Demelza take a similar (though not the same) course of action.

Some may have problems with Elizabeth’s actions, but I do find them consistent with what has happened to her in the course of this series.

But after events which made me wonder if I could even face continuing with this series (I already own Books 5 & 6) Ross does in part redeem himself & brings  back together two of my favourite characters from these novels.  This let me finish the book with a smile on my face.

I will continue the series but may leave The Black Moon till next year.


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