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Unicorn's Blood (1998)

av Patricia Finney

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Serier: David Becket and Simon Ames (2)

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Patricia Finney's outstanding literary thriller plunges into the vivid and deadly world of the 16th century: from the torture chambers of the Tower to the elegant artifice of court life; from the bawdy-houses of Southwark to the Queen's own bed. Why are the Jesuits, the Queen's Puritan councillors and even the Queen herself searching for the mysterious Book of the Unicorn? What ancient scandal threatens Elizabeth Tudor as she fights to avoid executing her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots? And what of the man waking up in the dungeon with no memory of who he is? David Becket and Simon Ames, the two mismatched heroes of FIREDRAKE'S EYE find themselves unwillingly in the thick of the struggle to unravel the plot.… (mer)

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Most excellent! ( )
  a1stitcher | Jun 22, 2019 |
Patricia Finney's second Elizabethan espionage thriller is even better than the first (and the third is even better still, but we'll get to that.) Narrated by the Madonna herself, the Virgin Mary, who moves from scene to scene with grace and compassion, the muti-stranded narratvie concerns an old scandal from childhood of Queen Elizabeth, and the Book of the Unicorn, which contains the secret, and the factions searching furiously and ruthlessly for said book which promises to either destroy or grant absolute control over the Queen.

A Catholic priest hiding from the pursuivants hears an old woman's confession, and hatches a scheme. Protestant priest-hunters and courtiers, pressing for the execution of Mary Queen of Scots have a chance to put Elizabeth herself in her place. A man wakes in the Tower with no memory of who he is, Simon Ames comes back from the dead to rescue an old friend, and the Queen's Fool sets out to save her mistress.

A brilliant thriller that lays out life in the Westminister Court of the Virgin Queen, from the morning routines of the Queen and her women to the cut-throat world of the courtiers and counsellers, to the lowest cellar where the night-soil is collected and stored, the plots and counter-plots, the politics and the unforgiving religious hatreds are all brought to sinister, dangerous life.

Superbly written, full of detail and living, breathing characters and sly commentaries on religious extremism and misogyny, this is a top-notch novel of historical intrigue. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
Did not like this book at all. Couldn't get past the first few chapters. Sorry. Can't recommend it! ( )
  dd196406 | Jan 10, 2013 |
Set in Elizabethan England – with Elizabeth herself as a major character – what impresses about this novel is not the convoluted, sometimes Disneyfied plot, but the details of life in Court in the 16th century. Everything down to the clothing and the slop in the streets is meticulously depicted (there’s even a glossary), so the reader does feel transported to another time and place. Elizabeth’s character is also meticulously depicted, as an often cold, headstrong, independent, sometimes lesbian woman well ahead of her time. I only wish the rest of the story had held up as well, but the plot to discover Elizabeth’s diary from her teenage years and protect the secrets held within does sometimes border on the type of playful, adventurous romp perhaps better suited to a light matinee rather than a serious work of historical fiction. ( )
  sturlington | Feb 24, 2012 |
Four years after the events of Firedrake's Eye, Simon Ames and David Becket have drifted apart, one faking his death in Walsingham's service, the other fighting with Sir Philip Sidney in the Netherlands and being set on a quest to find the Queen's Book of the Unicorn that the others are after too. Also involved in the plot are Mary, former nun turned prostitute and midwife after the dissolution of her convent, and Thomasina, the Queen's fool. I enjoyed the story and having Ames and Becket rebuilding their friendship. ( )
  mari_reads | Jul 13, 2010 |
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Patricia Finney's outstanding literary thriller plunges into the vivid and deadly world of the 16th century: from the torture chambers of the Tower to the elegant artifice of court life; from the bawdy-houses of Southwark to the Queen's own bed. Why are the Jesuits, the Queen's Puritan councillors and even the Queen herself searching for the mysterious Book of the Unicorn? What ancient scandal threatens Elizabeth Tudor as she fights to avoid executing her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots? And what of the man waking up in the dungeon with no memory of who he is? David Becket and Simon Ames, the two mismatched heroes of FIREDRAKE'S EYE find themselves unwillingly in the thick of the struggle to unravel the plot.

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