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The Shadow of Albion (Carolus rex) [Mass Market Paperback]

Andre Norton , Rosemary Edghill
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16 May 2000 Carolus rex (Book 1)
For well over a half century, Andre Norton has been one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. Since her first SF novels were published in the 1940s, her adventure SF has enthralled readers young and old. With series such as" Time Traders, Solar Queen, Forerunner, Beast Master, Crosstime, "and "Janus," as well as many stand-alone novels, her tales of action and adventure throughout the galaxy have drawn countless readers to science fiction. Her fantasy, including the best-selling "Witch World" series, her "Magic" series, and many other unrelated novels, has been popular with readers for decades. Lauded as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, she is the recipient of a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention. Not only have her books been enormously popular; she also has inspired several generations of SF and fantasy writers, especially many talented women writers who have followed in her footsteps. In the past two decades she has worked with other writers on a number of novels. Most notable among these are collaborations with Mercedes Lackey, the "Halfblood Chronicles, " as well as collaborations with A.C. Crispin (in the "Witch World" series) and Sherwood Smith (in the "Time Traders "and "Solar Queen "series). An Ohio native, Ms. Norton lived for a number of years in Winter Park, Florida, and now makes her home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she continues to write, and presides over High Hallack, a writers' resource and retreat.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (16 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812545397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812545395
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,092,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Bond Meets Jane Austen in a Regency That Never Was...
The opportunity to collaborate with Miss Andre Norton was both a privilege and an honor, and the chance to revisit one of my favorite periods in history - and some of the characters of my four Regency Romances - was not to be missed. SHADOW OF ALBION is set in 1805, but an 1805 that has seen the Stuarts reign in an unbroken line from the time of Charles II. It is a world where magic works, but when Napoleon bends all Europe to his will, sometimes magic just isn't enough ... which is where the Duke of Wessex takes a hand. A member of the elite White Tower Group, the espionage apparat that seeks to deny Napoleon mastery of Europe, Wessex is a man with a dangerously conflicted nature: espionage is not the work of gentlemen, and at any moment his loyalties may be impossibly divided. King Henry IX presses him to marry in order to extend his protection to Prince Jamie's bride, Princess Stephanie of Denmark, but though the betrothal is an old one, Wessex's bride is not-at-all what he expects. For the Marchioness of Roxbury is quite literally not herself: she is Miss Sarah Cunningham, of an America which broke free of the tyranny of the English Crown, and which has no use for magic... I hope you will enjoy SHADOW OF ALBION as much as Miss Norton and I enjoyed writing it. We are working on a sequel... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

For well over a half century, Andre Norton has been one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. Since her first SF novels were published in the 1940s, her adventure SF has enthralled readers young and old. With series such as" Time Traders, Solar Queen, Forerunner, Beast Master, Crosstime, "and "Janus," as well as many stand-alone novels, her tales of action and adventure throughout the galaxy have drawn countless readers to science fiction. Her fantasy, including the best-selling "Witch World" series, her "Magic" series, and many other unrelated novels, has been popular with readers for decades. Lauded as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, she is the recipient of a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention. Not only have her books been enormously popular; she also has inspired several generations of SF and fantasy writers, especially many talented women writers who have followed in her footsteps. In the past two decades she has worked with other writers on a number of novels. Most notable among these are collaborations with Mercedes Lackey, the "Halfblood Chronicles, " as well as collaborations with A.C. Crispin (in the "Witch World" series) and Sherwood Smith (in the "Time Traders "and "Solar Queen "series). An Ohio native, Ms. Norton lived for a number of years in Winter Park, Florida, and now makes her home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she continues to write, and presides over High Hallack, a writers' resource and retreat. Rosemary Edghill is a prolific writer in several genres, under her own name and various pseudonyms. Her "Bast "books, witty mysteries featuring a Wiccan amateur detective, were collected in "Bell, Book, and Murder." She has also written Regency Romances and fantasy novels, including several collaborations with Mercedes Lackey ("Spirits White as Lightning "and "Mad Maudlin") and Andre Norton ("Shadow of Albion "and" Leopard in Exile"). Edghill lives in upstate New York with several cats and several Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, which she shows in obedience competitions.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A startlingly original new fantasy 15 May 2000
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Shadow of Albion is that most rare of things - a startlingly original fantasy, and a thumping good read. It's a blend of well-researched historical fiction, romance and science fantasy, and I have to admit - I'm hooked! As a long-time fan of both Miss Norton's science fiction books and Georgette Heyer's Regency romances, I can whole-heartedly recommend this to other readers with similar tastes. I loved the in-jokes throughout the book (in particular the references to the Scarlet Pimpernel, one of my favourite childhood heroes). On the negative side, I wished that the magic referred to and used by the characters played a larger part in the plot, I felt this aspect of the book was neglected and could be much more developed - something I hope a sequel will address. I for one will be waiting impatiently for the second volume!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked it 6 Sep 1999
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Format:Hardcover
This was a good book. It was an origional idea, which is unusual nowadays. The only thing is that people wouldn't have practiced witchcraft openly even in an alternative regency. Charles the II wasn't that lax in his opinions on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent alternate-history! 30 Jun 1999
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Format:Hardcover
The Shadow of Albion was a terrific, fast-paced romp through early 19th century England and France--as it might have been... Sarah and Wessex were extremely likeable characters and the entire book was filled with twists of wry humor. This is entertainment at its finest. Those who liked Shadow should also try Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton. If you thought Wessex had a lot of interesting exploding gadgets, wait until you meet Lord Francis Skelbrooke...
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5.0 out of 5 stars I had fun with this one! 27 Jun 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Shadow of Albion is a genre-bending tour-de-force, blending Romance, Fantasy, Alternate History, Regency, Mystery and just the right amount of "Man from U.N.C.L.E" derring-do.
My only complaint is that it ended too quickly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was absolutely wonderful! 9 Jun 1999
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Format:Hardcover
I loved the way Sarah and the Duke of Wessex kept on sort of warring with each other! They were great. I also loved the thought of there being an alternate universe like in that book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet Pimpernel it isn't 6 Jun 1999
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Format:Hardcover
The Shadow of Albion has a lot of promise. Wessex is a fascinating character, a member of a secret spy organization and carrier of such interesting gadgets as a pocketwatch/pistol. And Sarah, although annoyingly perfect as fantasy heroines too often are, manages to be slightly likeable. The little in-jokes are nice, too, especially the Orczy one. Really, I enjoyed the book most of the way through, until the ending. A subplot which had been heavily developed in the middle of the book was suddenly resolved in a flippant chapter I only half understood. Instead of closing the book with a satisfied smile, I felt frustrated and cheated. Additionally, the lack of explanation of how magic works in the world was frustrating. Magic was a convenient device used only to further the plot, while if magic existed, it would certainly affect the undercover operations Wessex takes part in far more than shown. Still, I wouldn't mind reading another book about Wessex and his good-natured partner Ilya. If Sarah has to come along too, then so be it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An immensely Fun Alternative World Fantasy
And now, as the Monty Python intro says, for something completely different.
I have just finished 'The Shadow of Albion' by Andre Norton and Rosemary Edghill (TOR) and I am... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Liaisons meets James Bond/Batman.
Excellent book. It takes a bit to get into the highly stylized world within the Alternate History, but if you like Dangerous Liaisons/ comedy of manners/ Georgette Heyer's... Read more
Published on 2 May 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars A unsatisfying mish-mash
I quite enjoyed about the first half of this book, but as it started poking its way toward a conclusion, my enjoyment slowly declined utnil at the end I somehoe didn't seem to... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
I really loved the author's scifi novels under her other name. I looked forward to this one because I love old fashioned romantic novels, but what I found was a messy beginning... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blending of fantasy, intrigue, and romance
On an alternate earth where much remains similar, plenty of different individual events have occurred. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid 'alternate-world' Regency novel with a great plot
Just finished SHADOW OF ALBION and marvelled at the wealth of Regency detail and historical knowledge that went into making THIS alternate world believable and readable. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 1999
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