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The Heresy of Dr Dee,
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Dr John Dee - first introduced to us by Phil Rickman in The Bones of Avalon - continues his adventures in this complex and entertaining novel. Dee's friend Robert Dudley - one of Queen Elizabeth I's many favourites - needs to get away from court because his wife, Amy, has been found dead in suspicious circumstances. Both Dee and Dudley travel to the border between England and Wales where Dee was born; Dudley to get away from the rumours and Dee to fulfil a rash promise to the Queen herself.
John Dee is much more interested in learning about the hidden side of life - about magic, the supernatural and his current interest, scrying - than he is in getting involved in either local or national politics. But involved he is whether he likes it or not and both his life and Dudley's will be in danger before they can return to London.
I enjoyed this book very much though I struggled to unravel the politics. But then politics in the age of Elizabeth I was complex and allegiances and loyalties changed by the minute and it was virtually impossible to tell whom you could trust. I enjoyed Dee's quest to find the Shewstone (crystal ball to the uninitiated) and liked the characters he encountered - especially the Bishop of Hereford. I also liked Anna Ceddol and thought she was an interesting person. Dudley was well drawn too and I felt his character came over very well and corresponded with all I've read about the real man.
I really like John Dee as a character especially his sense of humour. I thought his sense of confusion at being always one step behind in his understanding of the politics was very well drawn. I think this is a book which will repay a second reading and I'm sure I will see things in it the second time around that I missed on first reading. If you enjoyed The Bones of Avalon I'm sure you will enjoy this second book in the series.