Never have spy and counterspy been more challenged, villains more duplicitous, and life for those in power--or hoping to be--more dangerous. Fast-moving tale of espionage and suspense.
The velvet peril of Tudor England comes alive in this haunting look at Elizabeth I's secret spy. In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall and experienced life in a Spanish castle.
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Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies. It is amazing to me how well the author was able to blend the historical with the fictional and nothing seemed out of place. Very quickly you are swept up in the intrigue and mystery of what is happening at court.
Seeing everything from the viewpoint of Prescott keeps you in the dark more often than not, but that is one of the things that keeps you hanging on to every word.
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This novel is very fast paced and before you know it you will be closing the cover and be unable to let out your breath. There are some crazy revelations in this novel and it was an absolute joy to read. I cannot wait for book 2! I have to share with you this one quote that seemed to speak directly to why many of us read:.
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Mademoiselle Chanel [ My Review ]. The Vatican Princess [ My Review ]. The Last Queen. Find C. Gortner: Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads. I enjoyed "Confessions of Catherine de Medici". He made her seem so human. Elizabeth is one of history's characters that seems so much larger than life. She seems unreal and is very daunting to me.
I'm super excited for the excerpt! I've always been a bit intrigued by the Dudley family, even 'tho I don't particularly like them.
Gortner is a talented author. Best of , that's something : I do like teh sound of this. Glad I came on over. I just received a copy of this book, though I didn't request it. Your review has made me more interested in it so, I just may read it after all. I've never read this author before but I definitely would like to start with this book! Allison - Elizabeth isn't the most prominent figure in this story - but I felt like she was brought down to earth again in this book.
Linda - I haven't known too much about the Dudley's but the whole family are major characters in this story and I am presuming the whole series to be. Blodeuedd - I think it might take a lot to knock this off the top of my pile.source link
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Glad you stopped by. Teddy Rose - It is less of a mystery and more of an espionage story with the mystery being more of Brendan's past. I really found the format very similar to India Black.
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BRNTerri - His other books are very different from this one, but they are all great- you wouldn't be remiss picking up any of them. Thank you, Heather, for your amazing review and for hosting this giveaway. Best of luck to all with the giveaway!
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Best book of the year, I can totally understand that having read his other work. I just hope the remainder of your reading year is just as good for you! What are those crazy revelations you refer too? Not that I needed encouragement but that certainly is a tantalizing hook? Here is my conundrum. I have an original 'The Secret Lion', which I received after years of searching but at that same time learned of the new release with the edits and rewrites.
Which copy would you suggest I read first? Christopher if you check back in, I would certainly love your response. I just wanted to add that you and your fellow Round Table bloggers did a wonderful job with Sandra Worth's new book. I am so glad he was able to republish this book and that it will be the beginning of a series.