Publishers: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published: February 1, 2011
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.
This book combines both the history of the Tudor's and adds a blend of imagination. Brendan was a child when he was left on the doorstep of Dudley Manor. All he had was a governess and a birthmark.
When he was sent to court to be a squire to Robert Dudley, he catches the eye of Princess Elizabeth's spymaster and works to protect her from the reach of Northumberland's Duke. As he grows he learns the truth of his birth and the enemies who would do anything to kill him.
Told from the point-of-view of Brendan Prescott, a fictional character in medieval England, this story will capture the reader's attention and take them on a journey though time. I dub thee 5 stars.