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The Queen's Bastard - C.E. Murphy
The Queen's Bastard
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“Wow. C. E. Murphy is good. Court intrigue in an alternate Elizabethan-era fantasy world: realpolitik with the sex included.”–Kate Elliott, author of Crown of StarsIn a world where religion has ripped apart the old order, Belinda Primrose is the queen’s secret weapon. The unacknowledged daughter... show more
“Wow. C. E. Murphy is good. Court intrigue in an alternate Elizabethan-era fantasy world: realpolitik with the sex included.”–Kate Elliott, author of Crown of StarsIn a world where religion has ripped apart the old order, Belinda Primrose is the queen’s secret weapon. The unacknowledged daughter of Lorraine, the first queen to sit on the Aulunian throne, Belinda has been trained as a spy since the age of twelve by her father, Lorraine’s lover and spymaster.Cunning and alluring, fluent in languages and able to take on any persona, Belinda can infiltrate the glittering courts of Echon where her mother’s enemies conspire. She can seduce at will and kill if she must. But Belinda’s spying takes a new twist when her witchlight appears. Now Belinda’s powers are unlike anything Lorraine could have imagined. They can turn an obedient daughter into a rival who understands that anything can be hers, including the wickedly sensual Javier, whose throne Lorraine both covets and fears. But Javier is also witchbreed, a man whose ability rivals Belinda’s own . . . and can be just as dangerous.Amid court intrigue and magic, loyalty and love can lead to more daring passions, as Belinda discovers that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.“C. E. Murphy vividly reimagines Renaissance Europe as a world both familiar and strange. Filled with intrigue and betrayal, her story is a chess game with six of seven sides, and I look forward to seeing what the next moves are.”–Marie Brennan, author of Warrior and Witch
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780345494641 (0345494644)
ASIN: 345494644
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
Series: Inheritors' Cycle (#1)
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Rachel's books
Rachel's books rated it
Wanted to like this book. I loved the idea of a woman assassin with flaws. Rape I hate. I hated that her brutality was blamed on her witchblood. And the end- it was explained how a certain segment of the population had witchblood. Please, that was it? Really?!
Horrorvacui000
Horrorvacui000 rated it
2.0 The Queen's Bastard
I'm just not sure...I was confused, then interested, then bored, then interested again, and then bored again. Rinse, dry, repeat.I'm not sure if I'll give book 2 a try. My OCD tendencies will probably make me cave, but if someone's willing to just spoil the series for me I'll be content.
notyourmonkey
notyourmonkey rated it
2.0 The Queen's Bastard
(Includes possibly triggery discussion of sexual abuse, as well as minor spoilers for the first few pages of the sequel, but nothing that wasn't deeply implied by the last few pages of this book.)In short: I enjoyed the first half of the book and the initial world-building, was immensely put off by ...
Blodeuedd
Blodeuedd rated it
1.0 The Queen's Bastard
So I am not entirely sure if this is a fantasy world, or an alternate universe, or alternate timeline. It has the essence of 16th century Europe and there is where she lost me the first time. You see there is with one particular person too much that is the same. Queen Lorraine, who has the same appe...
Intensely Focused
Intensely Focused rated it
This book reminds me a little of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series. Like Carey, Murphy creates an alternate Europe with different names. Murphy's lands are fixed firmly in the Elizabethan era. She also focuses heavily on court intrigue and has a highly sexual heroine. However, I think Carey does all...
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