Read: July 20 - August 8
Format: Hardback 435 pages
Source: LibraryThing ER program for review
Subject: religious intolerance in the Middle Ages
Challenges: 11 in 11, 75 Book, TIOLI, BOYS
Category: Going steady: Should we keep seeing each other? - ongoing series
Genre: Historical Fiction
This Historical thriller is the second in the series with excommunicated monk Giordano Bruno as the central character. Bruno, a "secret agent" of Walsingham (one of Queen Elizabeth's advisors), is part of the French embassy's delegation. Sent to England by King Henri to avoid religious repercussions, Bruno is drawn into the murders of two of the Queen's Maids of Honor as well as a plot on the Queen's life and replacement on her throne by Mary of Scotland.
The murders are vailed with the mystery of the Prophecy related to the great Conjunction - Saturn and Jupiter aligning - which foretells of the end of an age. Just as we all know from history, the rivalry of Elizabeth and Mary is also the rivalry of Catholic vs. Protestant. The investigation weaves together the occult of the period as well as the conspiracies of the characters.
Great characters as well as a great story.