The Queen's Bastard
Publish date: April 29th 2008
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
Series: Inheritors' Cycle (#1)
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?!
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.
(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 ...
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...
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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