July 1193. King Richard Lionheart lies in a German prison, held for ransom by the emperor. His mother, Dowager Queen Eleanor, ransacks England for gold to buy his freedom, while his younger brother, John, plots with King Philippe of France to ensure that he rots and dies in chains.When a ransom... show more
July 1193. King Richard Lionheart lies in a German prison, held for ransom by the emperor. His mother, Dowager Queen Eleanor, ransacks England for gold to buy his freedom, while his younger brother, John, plots with King Philippe of France to ensure that he rots and dies in chains.When a ransom payment vanishes, Eleanor hastily dispatches young Justin de Quincy to investigate. In wild, beautiful Wales, his devotion to the queen will be supremely tested–as an arrogant border earl, a cocky Welsh prince, an enchanting lady, and a traitor of the deepest dye welcome him with false smiles and deadly conspiracies. The queen’s treasure is nowhere to be found, but assassins are everywhere . . . and blood runs red in the dragon’s lair.
Publish date: November 23rd 2004
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Science Fiction Fantasy
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
, Cozy Mystery
Series: Justin de Quincy (#3)
I enjoyed this and the previous book in the series more than I did the first book, "The Queen's Man." Part of that might have been because I had just finished Penman's trilogy dealing with Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine and was loathe to leave that world. However, I also liked it even more than t...
Third in the series, so I can't decide if I'd missed something by not having read book 2. However, it was still pretty good. Justin de Quincy is a likeable lad who workd for the Queen, doing all sorts of odd jobs that require a bit of brains. This time he's in Wales, trying to retrieve some of the r...
Justin de Quincy tries to find missing ransom money for Eleanor of Aquitaine. Sex! Murder! Suspense! The history is fine and the characters aren’t unduly anachronistic, but it’s all just boring. I’d hoped that by jumping in halfway through a series I could amuse myself by trying to figure out what h...