"Combining the best elements of a spy thriller, heroic fantasy and Elizabethan mystery, Chadbourn deftly mixes gruesome brutality, a shadowy world of plots and counter-plots and a vivid cast of characters. Seamlessly weaving historic figures and events into his fictional world, the author creates an alternate reality as tangible and authentic as the history we think we know...In a year of outstanding fantasies, The Sword of Albion may just be one of the best so far.?" (Monsters and Critics)
"The new Swords of Albion series...gets off to a smashing start. The historical detail sets a believable backdrop, and the main character, a spy, could pass for a fantastical James Bond. Chadbourn sets a fast pace, pitting his characters against supernatural threats with a bit of horror thrown in." (RT Book Reviews)
From the Back Cover
1588: as the Spanish Armada prepares to sail, rumours abound of a doomsday device that, were it to fall into enemy hands, could destroy England and her bastard queen Elizabeth once and for all.
Enter Will Swyfte.
He is one of Walsingham's new breed of spy and his swashbuckling exploits have made him famous throughout Europe. But how can a man so celebrated be an effective secret agent? In truth, Swyfte's public image is a carefully nurtured facade to give the people of England a hero in their hour of need - and to deflect attention from his real role. For Will is at the forefront of a hidden war against an enemy infinitely more devilish than Spain...
For millennia the Faerie and its Unseelie Court have preyed upon human kind, treating honest folk as little more than playthings to be hunted, taken and tormented. But now England is fighting back. Armed with little more than courage, their wits and an array of cunning gadgets created by sorcerer Dr John Dee, Will and his colleagues must secure this mysterious weapon before it is too late.
Theirs is a deadly game played out in a shadowy world of plot and counter-plot, deception and desolation, where no one - and nothing - is quite what they seem. At stake is the very survival of queen and country...