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Reign of the Marionettes Paperback – December 19, 2016
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The period was a time full ofunprecedented political and religious unrest. Allegiances changed,constantly fueled more by greed and power than by religious piety. The novelcaptures all these elements perfectly, and cries out for a stage or screenadaptation. Enthusiastically recommended". Historical Novel Society.
Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, a story with lots ofintrigue, or just an excellent work of fiction in general should absolutelyread this book. I am so pleased to be able to highly recommend Reign of theMarionettes. Readers Favorite
An excellent, enjoyable andedifying read. I highly recommend Reign of the Marionettes. Douglas Debelak author of the GhostwriterSeries.
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About the Author
Sheena Macleod lectured at the University of Dundee, where she gained her PhD. She now lives in a seaside town in Scotland. Reign of the Marionettes is her first novel.
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Told mostly through the eyes of Lady Elizabeth Herbert – a Catholic noblewoman who still remembers the persecutions her family had been subjected to due to their religion – the story concentrates around the plot concocted by the Protestant lords, who dream of removing all Catholics from the Parlament, including the King’s younger brother, James. Even though Elizabeth wants nothing else but to live her life and take care of her family, her husband unwittingly gets entangled in the dangerous plot, which might eventually lead to his execution. And in the times when even the high court refuses to be impartial, and the King himself is fearing another Civil War, is it possible for the truth to be revealed after all? Read this masterfully crafted story and you’ll find out.
I definitely want to applaud the author for her meticulous research and authentic language. After turning the very first page I felt immediately immersed into a world of old England and sometimes I had to hold my breath while watching the events unfold in front of my eyes. Beautifully written and full of intrigue this novel should be on every historical fiction lover’s to-read list. Five stars.
Lady Elizabeth Herbert, a Catholic noblewoman, recalls only too well the persecutions inflicted on her father by religious zealots. While she hopes to keep the past behind her, fate and her unwitting husband, the Earl of Powis, embroil her in a deadly struggle to protect her family from the machinations of powerful men bent on seizing control of the throne.
Compelling storytelling is the mark of a true author. Ms. MacLeod has captured the darkness and the light of human nature, deftly handling a cast of the many personalities whose political motives are clearly, chillingly defined. If I’ve any criticism of the book, it would be the few slow parts, but these do not overshadow an otherwise captivating story.
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