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by Marie Brennan

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

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What if the most famous Queen of England's destiny had been tied to another Shadow Queen? That tantalizing question resides at the heart of Brennan's intricate alternate-reality tale. This story of courtiers from different but parallel kingdoms is ripe with palace intrigue, Machiavellian double dealing and star-crossed love.

While locked in the Tower awaiting possible execution, Elizabeth Tudor is visited by a fae queen named Invidiana. Invidiana offers a pact that would place Elizabeth on the throne and benefit them both.

Three decades later, Lady Lune of
the fae has been dispatched to monitor Elizabeth's spymaster Walsingham, while Michael Deven, one of Walshingham's agents, has been tasked with trying to discover if there's a mysterious hidden player in the court. Although they come from different courts with different agendas, Lune and Michael soon realize that there's darkness hidden at the heart of the pact and -- for the benefit of both their worlds -- they must break it. (ORBIT, Jun., 400 pp., $14.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Orbit

Published: June 2008

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