Monday, June 2, 2014

The Tudor Secret (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles #1), by C.W. Gortner

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Synopsis: The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy and, above all, spies.

Summer 1553: A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king's brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth's protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.

A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth's quest to unravel the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With only a bold stable boy and an audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies and murder. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, The Tudor Secret is the first book in The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles.

Thoughts: Except for the few historical inaccuracies, this is a really good story. I enjoy the personal interactions between Brendan and the various members of the royal household. Looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.

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