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by C.E. Murphy
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Rachel's books rated it 8 years ago
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 rated it 9 years ago
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 rated it 9 years ago
(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 rated it 10 years ago
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...
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Intensely Focused rated it 11 years ago
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...
Msmiz - I read almost anything!
Msmiz - I read almost anything! rated it 11 years ago
Not my favorite of C.E. Murphy. I am waiting for the next Walker Paper books and really enjoyed the Negotiator series. Maybe it is just not in me to enjoy fantasy set in the 1500s. It could also be that I was not happy with the fantasy part of this book and found the beginning to be confusing and...
wealhtheow rated it 11 years ago
This book looks like a romance version of The Assassin's Apprentice. It is set in a thinly veiled version of the late 16th century (pretty much the only difference are the names--the redheaded, married to her country, virgin queen of a misty island is named "Lorraine," for instance) and follows the...
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