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Posted July 6, 2012
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Gideon Viscount St. Mars, son of the Earl of Hawkhurst, is a somewhat reluctant part of the aristocratic social world of George I’s London. Being members of the Tory party makes him and his father, the Earl of Hawkhurst, anathema to the king, who has been convinced by the Whigs that Tories are loyal to the Pretender. Gideon, though, is in love with the daughter of a Whig and can be found at many of the social events where the business of arranging marriages takes place.
Suddenly, Gideon finds himself accused of a heinous murder and cast out of Society. No one but a few loyal servants will help him and he withdraws into the shady world of criminals, determined to find a way to clear his name and regain his position — and Isabella, the woman he loves.
There is, however, one other person from his past who believes in him. Mrs. Kean, an impoverished relation of Isabella, provides his only means of learning what is happening with the investigation of his alleged crime and with his inheritance and Isabella.
Patricia Wynn has brought 1715 England to life through exacting research and a command of the English language that makes this book a joy to read. The story, which evokes thoughts of Jane Austen and the Brontës, is uniquely Ms. Wynn’s, and she has created a lively plot and appealing characters. Even many of those characters who are not so likable are memorable and the reader can’t help caring a bit for them. The mystery of who really committed the crime and how Gideon will save himself is well-crafted and Ms. Wynn left this reader eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Although it was early in the year when I read it, The Birth of Blue Satan was on my list of the Best of 2001.
Posted December 9, 2008
In 1715 England¿s King George rules over a divided nation with some of the aristocracy remaining loyal to the exiled James Stuart. George believes that the Whigs are loyal to him and the Tories support his foe. Gideon Viscount St. Mars returns home after spending three years on a grand tour of the continent. He quickly realizes the division of loyalties is causing him problems courting the woman he loves. Even his father is outraged that Gideon, son of a Tory, would want to marry a daughter of a Whig. Attempts on his life follow, but even worse happens when the crown accuses Gideon of murder. <P>With no defenders, Gideon flees into the night with plans to somehow prove his innocence. He becomes the Highwayman Blue Satan with his only help coming from loyal servants and Hester Kean, a relative of his beloved Isabella. Now Gideon walks in two worlds with most of his time spent in the dark underbelly segment of society where thieves abound. <P> THE BIRTH OF BLUE SATAN is a wonderful historical novel that succeeds because the era, critical to the plot, is so alive readers will believe it is a character. Gideon and Mrs. Kean are fully developed players whose actions fit their personalities. The support cast, villains and aides, augment the understanding of Georgian England as well as propelling the exciting story line forward. Sub-genre fans will recognize a winner with this colorful early eighteenth century novel. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2001
Set in the troubled time of King George (1715), Gideon Fitzsimmons, Viscount St. Mars, wanted to marry the daughter of a Whig. After an argument with his father, the Earl of Hawkhurst, he returned to town. That same night the Earl was murdered and Gideon was the chief suspect. <BR><BR> Hester Kean was cousin to Isabella (the one Gideon loved) and waiting woman to her aunt. Hester cared deeply for Gideon herself, but never let anyone know. She was determined to help him clear his name and claim Isabella as his bride. However, he was now on the run from the law. Only Hester and few trusted others knew where Gideon hid or that the famous highwayman called the Blue Satan was him. <BR><BR> ***** A mystery that reads much like a Zorro and a Sherlock Holmes story in one! The mystery of who killed Gideon's father is solved, but the author wisely left room for a sequel. <B><I>If you love Sherlock mysteries, Zorro, or The Scarlet Pimpernel, you MUST read this one! </I></B>*****Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.