It’s 1585, and the balance of European power is tilting dangerously toward war. It will take all of Elizabeth Tudor’s skill and wiles to defend England from the looming threat of the Spanish Armada.
Complicating matters is Elizabeth’s beloved daughter—the result of the Queen’s tempestuous marriage with her worst enemy: King Philip of Spain.
As Elizabeth commits her riches, her honor, and her people to the coming war, the Queen will risk everything—even her own life—to preserve England’s freedom. @goodreads
I didn't realize going into this book that it was the third one but I'm still giving it 4 stars even though I had a little bit of trouble following what was going on. I did recognize a few names and things from reading a lot of other Tudor books. I LOVE anything Tudor and I'm going to have to go and dig out some of those said books from my stacks and read more. And probably binge watch my Tudor box set with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry the VIII!
Anyway, this book is about several people including Queen Elizabeth's daughter, Anne Isabella Tudor who was the Princess of Wales.
There is also Pippa and Matthew, Stephen and Maisie, Kit and other people. I can't list them all.
I really loved Pippa's character. She was a seer of sorts and this caused trouble when a certain bastard started calling her a witch. Said bastard would be a priest named Navarro! Damn I really wish I could have read these from the start.
Anyway, Queen Elizabeth and her daughter as well as other advisors are preparing for war with Spain. Princess Anabel (Anne Isabella) sacrifices herself to be a wife so they can get help from another Kingdom. But lets just say that all works out in the end.
And then the evil bastard, Navarro gets Pippa and just does a horrible thing to her and tries to kill her.
Stephen has seen men whipped before. It was sometimes necessary in a military company. But the thought of his little sister--lovely, mischievous, generous Pippa--beneath the lash of a whip made him want to put his hands around Navarro's through and choke the life out of him.
Let us just say that sweet little Navarro got what he deserved. Princess Anabel isn't afraid to roll heads. <--- Pun intended.
So the battle commences and Queen Elizabeth is recovering at Leeds from an assassin attack. But all works out in the end. It's sad and good and I just loved it. Like I said though, I need to go back and read the other two from this trilogy and there is one other one ahead of it. I have never read this author's work about the Tudor dynasty but she did a good job.
*I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
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