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Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop - The Tudor Conspiracy by C.W. Gortner

About THE TUDOR CONSPIRACYUS Publication Date: July 16, 2013

St. Martin's Griffin
Paperback; 352p

Hunted by a shadowy foe in Bloody Mary’s court, Brendan Prescott plunges into London’s treacherous underworld to unravel a dark conspiracy that could make Elizabeth queen—or send her to her death in C.W. Gortner's The Tudor Conspiracy

England, 1553: Harsh winter encroaches upon the realm. Mary Tudor has become queen to popular acclaim and her enemies are imprisoned in the Tower. But when she’s betrothed to Philip, Catholic prince of Spain, putting her Protestant subjects in peril, rumors of a plot to depose her swirl around the one person whom many consider to be England’s heir and only hope—the queen’s half-sister, Princess Elizabeth.

Haunted by his past, Brendan Prescott lives far from the intrigues of court. But his time of refuge comes to an end when his foe and mentor, the spymaster Cecil, brings him disquieting news that sends him on a dangerous mission. Elizabeth is held captive at court, the target of the Spanish ambassador, who seeks her demise. Obliged to return to the palace where he almost lost his life, Brendan finds himself working as a double-agent for Queen Mary herself, who orders Brendan to secure proof that will be his cherished Elizabeth’s undoing.

Plunged into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a mysterious opponent who hides a terrifying secret, Brendan races against time to retrieve a cache of the princess’s private letters, even as he begins to realize that in this dark world of betrayal and deceit, where power is supreme and sister can turn against sister, nothing—and no one—is what it seems.

My Thoughts:

Readers can count on author C.W. Gortner to deliver a fascinating, fast-paced story filled with intriguing characters and a certain air of mystery, and with his latest novel, "The Tudor Conspiracy," he once again fulfills his reader's expectations. This is a thrilling, action-packed adventure set in one of the most interesting times of history - the Tudor era, and fans of historical fiction will absolutely love the story.

I particularly enjoy how Gortner draws his readers into the atmosphere of the story with the rich detail of the surroundings, the people, the dress, etc.  You feel almost as if you are a part of the Queen's court at Whitehall as you read this story.  Gortner's research into the era is obviously very detailed and complete, and as a fan of history, I appreciate all his hard work that goes into his novels!

This novel is the second book in Gortner's "Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles," but first-time readers will be able to pick up on the storyline quickly and be right in the midst of the action without any trouble at all.

I highly recommend this novel and all of Gortner's previous works as well.

About The Author:

C.W. Gortner holds an MFA in Writing, with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies. Raised in Spain and half Spanish by birth, he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He welcomes readers and is always available for reader group chats. Please visit him at www.cwgortner.com for more information.  You can also follow Christopher on Facebook and Twitter.

To follow the Book Blog Tour for "The Tudor Conspiracy" -  http://hfvirtualbooktours.com/thetudorconspiracyvirtualtour/

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My thanks to Amy Bruno at Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours for including me on this tour and to the author for the review copy of this book.

I was not compensated for my opinion.

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