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By Rory Clements

In his severely acclaimed debut mystery, Martyr, Rory Clements brought readers to the unforgettable John Shakespeare, leader intelligencer to Queen Elizabeth I and older brother to Will.

Now, 5 years later, the Queen wishes Shakespeare’s companies once again. not just is England nonetheless at conflict with Spain, yet her court docket is riven through savage infighting between bold younger courtiers.

Shakespeare is summoned through Elizabeth’s chilly yet lethal Privy Councillor Sir Robert Cecil and ordered to adopt associated missions: to enquire the secret of the doomed Roanoke colony in North America—Sir Walter Ralegh’s folly—and to undercover agent on Cecil’s rival, the rushing Earl of Essex.

Essex is the brightest megastar within the firmament, the Queen’s favourite. but if Shakespeare enters Essex’s dissolute global, he discovers not just that the Queen herself is at risk, yet that he and his relatives also are pursuits. With an endemic devastating the rustic, Catholics dealing with persecution and martyrdom by the hands of an notorious torturer, and John’s personal spouse, Catherine, probably conserving a priest—Shakespeare has his personal survival to safe, in addition to that of his fading yet nonetheless feisty Queen.

Filled with the flavour and proof of a tumultuous time in English historical past, Revenger is a gorgeous novel of savage rivalries and reprisals from an writer rapidly changing into a recognized grasp of historic suspense.

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