7 MARCH 1896, Page 24

A Deadly Foe. By Adeline Sergeant. (Hutchinson and Co.)— This

"Romance of the Northern Seas" has a touch of Jules Verne in it, or perhaps we should go a little further back and say, of Herodotus and his Hyperboreans, the people who lived behind the North wind. We are not spoiling Miss Sergeant's secret, we hope, if we say that her hero reaches the North Pole, and finds it to be a very much better place than could have been expected. The love-story with which this geographical romance is connected is well worked out. Possibly it may be objected that the villain is too atrociously bad; but then the villains of 'romance are always very black.