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The Lost Duchess
The Lost Duchess
by Jenny Barden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Fresh and Arresting Novel, 10 Feb. 2014
This review is from: The Lost Duchess (Hardcover)
Wow! What a fabulous read. The Lost Duchess redefines the Tudor historical novel. Not only is the court of Queen Elizabeth I beautifully evoked, with a powerful love story at the heart of the book, but The Lost Duchess will plunge you into an incredible sea voyage to the New World, more real and vividly imagined than any film depiction.

The book is brilliantly paced, with edge of the seat action keeping the story pressing ever onwards, and with a tangible sense of threat and danger. But most important is the story of Emme and Kit, their determination, their spirit and their extraordinary journey.

The writing is exquisite, with Barden's multisensory world beautifully painted in words, while her scholarship embues the novel with a truly authentic sense of place and period. This is a read you will find hard to put down and one that will linger in your memory long after you have closed the cover.

The Emerald Atlas:The Books of Beginning 1
The Emerald Atlas:The Books of Beginning 1
by John Stephens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, alas..., 4 Jan. 2014
There was nothing very new or special in this novel, and the plot was not very well structured, lacking any great revelations or mysteries. The main characters did not stand out for me and I won't be reading any more in the series. So why any stars? Well the minor character of Gabriel was well conceived and made an impression, and the book was good enough to plough on to the end. Also a sense of place was quite subtly evoked. But, alas, these weren't strong enough aspects to lift the book above two stars for me.

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