Book Review: A Queen’s Spy

Title: A Queen’s Spy
Author: Samantha Burnell

“It combines murder, mystery, and intrigue in a most masterful way.” Rita Kroon – Author of “Letters from the Past”

As Tudor England erupts following the death of Edward VI, can one young spy protect his queen? International bestselling author Sam Burnell takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with this magnificent new epic, A Queen’s Spy.

In 1553, England is torn apart by religious conflict. Power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and brotherly love.

Richard Fitzwarren, caught in the middle of a cruel family feud, wants nothing more than to make his own way in the world. A childhood friend of the Princess Elizabeth, he cannot forget his loyalty in her time of need. Pressured by her sister, Mary, Elizabeth’s continued existence remains precarious throughout her reign. The divide between Catholic Mary and Anne Boleyn’s Protestant daughter Elizabeth is a deep one.

Jack Fitzwarren, Richard’s displaced bastard brother, seeks a place at his brother’s side. Impulsive and hot headed, his attempts to gain his brother’s acceptance and approval often end badly.

Finally the brothers are brought head to head when Richard tries to foil a plot against Elizabeth. Will Richard accept his fate and fight? Or will he run? Can Jack murder his brother to save a woman he’s never met?

My Review

This book was good but quite slow at times. The author knew what she was talking about so she did her research very well. It was a bit confusing as to who was who (at least to me it was) during the story. That knocked off a star for me.

The plot line & characters were developed quite well and did not take anything away from a person’s imagination. The story keeps you engaged and curious as to what is going to happen next. It was a very enjoyable if a bit slow read. If you like historical fiction in this time era it is a good book to read and I do recommend it.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

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