Thursday, December 16, 2010
Well, the new releases just keep coming and you know I just have to share them!
In Rory Clements's "engrossing" debut (The Washington Post) Martyr, readers were introduced to John Shakespeare, intelligencer in the service of Queen Elizabeth I. Now, in this gripping new hardcover, Shakespeare wants nothing more than to be headmaster at his school and a husband to his wife, leaving behind the deadly palace intrigue. But two of the most powerful men in all of England have their eyes on the aging monarch and her vulnerable throne. The Earl of Essex seeks to replace the Queen; Sir Robert Cecil seeks to protect her. Both will use Shakespeare as a pawn in a deadly chess match, where the stakes
are England itself.
series Byzantium and A History of Venice comes a comprehensive,
rollicking, and timely history of the papacy. After nearly 2,000 years of existence, the papacy is the oldest continuing absolute monarchy in the world. To millions, the Pope is the Vicar of Christ on earth, the infallible interpreter of divine revelation. To millions more, he is the
fulfillment of Biblical prophecies of Antichrist. And yet, Absolute Monarchs is no solemn book about pious men of duty. Rather, it is an astonishing tale filled with rip-roaring stories of violence, sex, wars, and politics.
adventure, and mystical elements, Darci Hannah's remarkably textured new novel will appeal to fans of Diana Gabaldon's An Echo in the Bone.
In the year 1492, young Scottish noblewoman Isabeau Blythe is at last
returning to her ancestral home on the Borders. Now heir to Blythe Hall, Isabeau is determined to leave behind her family's extraordinary past. Their peculiar relations with the fantastical creatures commonly known as angels was the ruin of both her father and her brother. Isabeau is confident she can assume control of Blythe Hall and its people, stave off marriage until the moment it suits her, and bring the turbulent clans of the Borders under control. Yet fate thwarts her even as she enters the imposing gates of Blythe Hall. Incensed upon learning that Sir
George Douglas, the knight seeking to be the next Lord Blythe, has been tracking her movements, Isabeau is further disturbed at the appearance of her magnificently beguiling brother. Worse, Julius reveals he's on the hunt for an angel. Isabeau begins to experience wild visions of a strange man whom her heart inexplicably longs for. With Sir George's army outside her gates, she summons
help from the illusive man of her visions: Gabriel, who holds the secret of Blythe Hall.
From one of our era's master historians, here is a fresh and compulsively readable account of Spain's dominant decades in what is now called Latin America. These years, 1522-1556, marked by exploration, conquest, plunder, proselytizing, and economic development, would go on to impact life in the region for the next half a millennium. Indeed, one cannot visit Latin America today--from
Mexico City to Buenos Aires--without seeing the influence of these tumultuous decades on life across this vast region.