Taste of Treason The Tudor Enigma #2 ePUB ✓ Treason

Taste of Treason The Tudor Enigma #2 Book two in the series of alternative history and fantasy Tudor mysteries continues to build its depth of period detail while losing none of the cracking pace set up in ‘Court of Conspiracy’King Henry IX determined not to endure his father’s early fate of having no male heir is keen for his new ueen to produce a son But ueen Madeleine with family in the royal houses of Scotland and France is put under pressure by bizarre deaths close to hand in an effort to have her miscarry She is still to take on the Protestant faith and Powers in Europe would benefit from unrest in England There is a trail of oily ambassadors from the continent willing to offer assistance But is the cause closer to home?Dowager ueen Anne Boleyn comes to the fore in this novel both taking on and fighting off the hearsay and smear campaigns that dogged her in real life while liaising with Luke Ballard to disentangle the fact from the fiction and the supernatural and so keep her son and the Tudor dynasty intact Luke has his own distractions A pestilence sent from God – or the Devil depending on whose words are believed – is taking many of the poor and he finds himself pulled in too many directions to concentrate fully on his king’s demands and his increasing threats A priest new to the district is bent on rooting out perceived witchcraft and who better to target than a successful healer? Is the man a Sunderer a fanatic who has been ‘transferred duties’ to get rid of him or has he recognised in Luke his talents as an Elemancer? The author gently but with increasing menace and as a direct mirror to Anne Boleyn’s earlier life explores how ordinary people can fall victim to the accusing finger and have absolutely no redress not even in the face of the humiliation and tortures of The Tower Taste of Treason is part two of April Taylor's Tudor Enigma series which is a fantasy about an alternative history in which Anne Boleyn did not miscarry Henry VIII's son and remained ueen Henry IX is now King and in this episode his wife Madeleine is expecting their first child But dark forces work against themCentral to this series is apothecary Luke Ballard who happens to be an Elemancer one who practices white magic Oh yes and Anne Boleyn still a force with which to be reckoned at court is one of these tooI so enjoyed the first book in the series Court of Conspiracy having thought it might not be my sort of thing as I don't usually go in for magic But these books are a delight They're the sort of thing you want to read when snuggled up in a duvet with lots of pillows as indeed I have been doing Ms Taylor paints wonderful word pictures; all the time I was reading this I wanted to be in the world on the screen of my Kindle She writes so beautifully and this book was even better than the last with a suspenseful pace created by the changing of point of view at crucial points most chapters ending on a cliffhanger I was unable to guess the outcome or the identity of the evil Nimrod dispenser of dark magic; I had several guesses throughout the book and was pleased to find I was wrong every timeI think this book would appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of the Tudor period and also anyone who enjoys clever fantasy This is such an unusual idea and Ms Taylor has excuted it so well The third book in the series Mantle of Malice is due out on 23rd February; I shall be first in the ueue More magic and romance from an alternative Tudor England where Henry IX is on the throneThis is the second of April Taylor’s Tudor Enigma seriesEnemies of the state target Henry’s wife ueen Madeleine In the complex political world of Tudor England it is hard for any royal to know who they can and can’t trust Dowager ueen Anne turns again to apothecary and elemancer Luke Ballard who must stretch his powers to their limits when he finds himself up against a conspiracy that encompasses magic stronger than his own You might think at times that you know where the story is leading but it will surprise you as the twists and turns unravel towards their conclusionWithin the context of magic and alternative history the harsh realities of life in Tudor times are starkly drawn A real page turner I loved the mix of alternate history and magic in the first book of The Tudor Enigma That continues in book two Once again Luke must face a terrible threat from the dark sorcerers and once again a large cast of characters help defeat the danger The world building continues as does the character development While Luke wins over evil again there are still danger left in the picture so I think we will see of this Tudor world and its great cast of characters Sunderers strife and division The Intrigue continuesI just had to purchase the second in this alternate Tudor period mystery where religion and magic intertwine The cleverly developed plot uses the religious upheavals of the time to deepen the mystery and intrigue whilst injecting the very real superstitions and fears then present with magic constructing a new realityThe attack upon the English throne by the Sunderers continues Luke Ballard is now a Dominus He has moved beyond the journeyman stage of his calling as an elemancer to that of an Elemagus Luke is in danger on than one front as are Bertila and her father The local priest Gerard Frayner a convert from Catholicism is determined to have Luke and Bertila denounced as a sorcerer and a witch The sunderers continue their deep and darstardly game with the future of England at stake Henry IX is now married to ueen Madeleine of Scotland Madeleine and the heir she carries are under threat Henry is furious When we last saw Luke Henry had also appointed him Privy Inuirer into Divers Mischiefs and Grievances Henry demands that Luke find the culprits The situation is complex A strange symbol of a many legged spider like creature has appeared The ueen Mother Anne Boleyn informs Luke that this is the mark of an inner circle of the malus nocte sunderers the Custodes Tenebris Luke discovers they are led by someone called Asmodeus Luke's investigations are harried He no sooner grasps one corner of the web the Custodes Tenebris have constructed in this deep game when another comes into play His energies are being divided Henry is like a raging lion in his fury and fear for his pregnant wife and future heirLuke has to fight on several fronts and keep Henry satisfied Are the French the Spanish maybe even the Sots involved? He calls on others to help including the captain of Henry's guard Byram Cresswell The plot is twisted multilayered and engrossingAn excellent read Book two of The Tudor EnigmaBlood frogs and a deadly threat to the firstbornLuke Ballard Dominus Elemancer and Privy Inuirer into Divers Mischiefs and Grievances has grown his magical powers since his last encounter with the Sunderers dark sorcerers who will stop at nothing—including partnering with England's mortal enemies—to destroy the throne But is he skilled enough to protect his own and prevent tragedy from reaching the royal familyThe continuation of Tudor rule and the future of England's true religion rest with King Henry IX's new bride ueen Madeline of Scotland Pregnant with a possible heir she's nearly killed—twice—in incidents that bizarrely mimic the Plagues of Egypt And she is not alone All of Hampton Court it seems has been surrounded by a dark cloud of otherworldly dangerFearful for his wife and unborn child King Henry can only turn to one man

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