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Doom Castle

Neil Munro

Book Overview: 

Doom Castle is the story of young Count Victor's journey to Scotland after the Jacobite Rebellion, searching for a traitor to the Jacobite cause as well as a mysterious man under the name of "Drimdarroch", whom he swore revenge. After a perilous journey, Count Victor arrives at Doom Castle as a guest of the enigmatic Baron of Doom, his two strange servitors and his beautiful daughter.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Count Victor upon an immediate removal from this starven castle and this suspicious host. But when he joined Doom in the salle he constrained his features to a calm reserve, showing none of his emotions.

He found the Baron seated by the fire, and ready to take a suspiciously loud but abstracted interest in his ramble.

"Well, Count," said he, "ye've seen the castle of the King o' the Hielan's, as we call him, have you? And what think ye of MacCailen's quarters?"

Montaiglon lounged to a chair, threw a careless glance at his interrogator, pulled the ever upright moustache, and calmly confessed them charming.

A bitter smile came on the face of his host. "They might well be that," said he. "There's many a picking there." And then he became garrulous upon the tale of his house and family, that seemed to have been dogged by misfortune for a century and a half; that had owned once many of these lush glens, the shoulders of these steep. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"Doom Man behauld the end of All.
Be nocht Wiser than the Priest.
Hope in God"
Inscription outside Castle Doom.

From the courts and cafes of Paris to the crumbling walls of Castle Doom in Argyle on the western coast of the Scottish Highlands comes Victor Jean, Comte de Montaiglon, in search of a trai...more

Not as engaging as Munro's The New Road, which I loved.

This is essentially a Jacobite romp set in the vicinity of Inveraray about a decade after the failed 1745 Rising. The story unfolds in the manner of a comic opera, with an entertaining cast of characters such as the Baron of Doom's eccentric Lowland retainer Mungo Boyd and the calculating but ill...more

An enjoyable, post-Culloden tale of Jacobite spies, romance, legal wranglings and revenge. Despite these subjects, the book takes on a light-hearted approach, thanks in part to the joie-de-vivre of the main character and the wonderfully grumpy Mungo Boyd who surely steals the show. The thick Fife...more

This is a historical novel, first published in 1901, set in 1755 about a french count who comes to Argyll seeking revenge. There are some fascinating characters and some exciting scenes but overall I found the story a bit too sentimental.