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THE QUEEN’S BASTARD
C.E. MURPHY
ISBN#: 978-0-345-49464-1
April 2008
Del Rey
1745 Broadway, New York, New York 10019
Trade Paperback
$14.00
429 Pages
Historical
Rating: 3 Cups

Belinda Primrose is the illegitimate child of Queen Lorraine and her lover Robert, Lord Drake. She has been groomed since birth for her future service to her father and her queen.

Robert, Lord Drake has acquired lands and a title from his association with the queen. He also has a daughter, a tool to further his cause.

Belinda Primrose, spy and assassin has been trained since birth to serve the mother who will never acknowledge her by the father who largely ignores her. Her unique and powerful talents make her successful in her career if not happy in life.

This is not an easy read, but as I stuck with it I began to enjoy it more and more. The settings and people are so vividly described that you will be able to picture every scene, know every person, and smell every smell. I actually felt the chill as I read the scene in the oubliette. The characters closely parallel prominent figures in sixteenth century Europe and the conflicts of that time. You will have no problem recognizing some of them. The characters are very well developed and not always very likable. My feelings seemed to change regularly regarding Belinda. There is a paranormal twist and the names of places and people are changed making it a similar but very different world. The plot is full of deceit, betrayal, lust, murder and violence. I understand that this book is the start of a series, but was disappointed by the lack of a clear cut ending, it is more of a cliffhanger, but it will definitely make the reader look forward to the rest of the series.

Maura
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