The Tudor Secret: The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles, Book 1

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The Tudor Secret: The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles, Book 1

by C.W. Gortner
Read by Steve West

Blackstone Audio | February 15, 2011 | Audio Book (CD)

The Tudor Secret: The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles, Book 1 is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.

Summer 1553: Brendan Prescott, an orphan, has been reared in the home of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, he finds himself sent on a mission to the kings brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth, and is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeths protector, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.

Meanwhile Elizabeth seeks the truth about the 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.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5.13 × 0.75 in

Published: February 15, 2011

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1441790993

ISBN - 13: 9781441790996

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It took a while to get going for me 3.5 stars Brendan was abandoned as a baby and a servant in Robert Dudley's household took him in to raise and take care of him. He is now 20, and has been brought to Edward VI's court to serve Robert. While there, he becomes a spy for a number of people, while at the same time, he longs to find out who he is. It was good. It took a while for me to really get into it, and I found the second half a little more intriguing, as Brendan learned more and more. Often, at the start, I kept picturing Brendan as much younger than her was - that could be due to his innocence regarding the royal court. I am happy it picked up in the second half, but I'm not sure if I'll continue the series or not.
Date published: 2011-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Filled with intrigue and espionage. Definitely a must read I have a thing where I love any historical fiction that has a lot of intrigue and mystery. I also love the politics behind the court. I’m fascinated by it. This book has everything you want. Intrigue, mystery, twists and turns, some action, a bit of romance, it’s a mixture of everything! however it’s so well written and well done that it doesn’t feel like it’s been put together sloppily. The plot flows and the pace is even. What I liked the most is the point of view of the character. Most historical fiction novels take place in the viewpoint of someone who’s Royalty, and almost always it’s a female character. So, seeing the story from Brendan’s eyes is definitely something different and I would say, refreshing. It’s about time we see it from a guy’s point of view! and a ‘nobody’ at that!. I’d have to say I liked him from the start. He’s easily likable and his development throughout the novel was from a young man with an almost childlike naivete to someone who’s well versed in how to behave and act in court, and who’s about to become a double agent (so to speak). I thought the change was very well done. Brendan matured throughout the novel and the transition was smooth. I’m a huge fan of political intrigue, and this book has a lot of it. I loved the double crossing, the secrets revealed, and the deeds done in the past that are coming back to haunt certain individuals in the book. The Dudleys are as scheming and ruthlessly ambitious as ever (and I still have a strong dislike for Robert Dudley. Always have. Always will). Frances Brandon follows close behind on my hate list. It’s amazing how ambition and greed takes precedence over everything else and brings out the worst in people. It might be a challenge to keep track of all the intrigue however once you get all the characters straightened out, everything does fall into place. Besides Brendan, I’ve taken a liking to Cecil. Although he’s also a sneaky sly character who uses Brendan, and others to his own purposes and agenda, I like how he underhandedly talks himself out of a tense situation and manages to turn it around. He remains unharmed and still in a powerful position as Elizabeth’s advisor. He’s a very ‘quiet’ character, yet his behind the scenes actions make the plot interesting and makes it move forward with Brendan’s help. I think it might have helped to have a little family tree chart handy, or at least a list of characters for those that might not be familiar with Tudor history it does get slightly confusing towards the end it takes a bit to straighten out Brendan’s connections and ties with other families. However, those well versed in the history, will have no problem. Other than that, there is no other issue I can think of with this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and as this is the first book in the Spymaster Chronicles, I am waiting for the next one! I loved the intrigue. Absolutely loved it. I definitely recommend this for historical fiction lovers of Tudor history.
Date published: 2011-02-22

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The Tudor Secret: The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles, Book 1

by C.W. Gortner
Read by Steve West

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5.13 × 0.75 in

Published: February 15, 2011

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1441790993

ISBN - 13: 9781441790996

About the Book

England, 1553: Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is sent on a mission to the king's sister, Princess Elizabeth, but is soon compelled to work as a double agent by her protector, who promises to help him unravel the secret of his past. He soon plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder.

From the Publisher

Summer 1553: Brendan Prescott, an orphan, has been reared in the home of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, he finds himself sent on a mission to the kings brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth, and is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeths protector, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.

Meanwhile Elizabeth seeks the truth about the 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.

About the Author

C.W. Gortner is the author of the acclaimed historical novels The Last Queen and the Confessions of Catherine de Medici. He holds an MFA in writing with an emphasis on Renaissance studies from the New College of California. In his extensive travels to research his books, he has dances a galliard in a Tudor great hall and experienced life in a medieval Spanish castle. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights and environmental issues.
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