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By Slanderous Tongues (The Doubled Edge, Book 3) Hardcover – February 6, 2007
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Good and evil fairy factions continue to battle over the fate of Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII, in this lighthearted, historically detailed third installment in the Scepter'd Isle series (after 2005's Ill Met by Moonlight). To prevent the 14-year-old red-haired princess from ascending the throne, the Dark Sidhe, or Unseleighe, plan to destroy her benevolent Seleighe guardians, Lord Denoriel and his twin sister, Aleneil. Without them to guide her, Elizabeth might slip up, misbehave or marry—defeating the prophecy that she will one day rule England. But Denoriel and Aleneil's Dark Sidhe half-siblings, the twins Rhoslyn and Pasgen, shift their allegiances to help Denoriel and Aleniel keep Elizabeth safe and challenge the power of Vidal Dhu, prince of the Dark Sidhe. Lackey and Gellis blend the best of high fantasy with a grand dose of English history. (Feb.)
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The feud between Bright and Dark elves in Tudor England continues (from This Scepter'd Isle, 2004, and Ill Met by Moonlight, 2005), further affecting Henry VIII's children. Bright and Dark agree that Elizabeth, should she reign, will generate the joy and accomplishment that feed the Bright, and Titania is protecting the princess. The Dark elves, whose taste is for human anguish and sorrow, labor to prevent Elizabeth's ascension. When Henry dies, and Edward succeeds, Dark, Bright, and most of the Tudor courts are rather stymied. Lackey and Gellis follow the historical events of Somerset's protectorship quite closely and put a neat twist on Seymour's courtship of Elizabeth by enclosing it in a Dark elves' plot. Elizabeth's interrogation after Seymour's arrest and her romance with her Bright elven protector strain credulity, yet this is still a good read. Frieda Murray
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A thought for parents- if your teens read this, you need to have The Talk about not taking what they read as an excuse for trying to get STD's or a pregnancy / paternity suit. It's true that in Elizabeth's day adolescents were apt to be married, and so were sometimes tempted to get the bedding ahead of the wedding, but they were also expected to be taking on adult workloads. Today's youngsters are apt to only see what they were allowed to do, and not notice the requirements of adult responsibilities as well as adult privileges.
Having said all of which, it's a good story, and provides interesting insights into the strains of being a royal child in those difficult times. If you like the book, but object to some of the content, you can always do what I did and use White Out so that the next time you read it you'll just skip past the parts you find objectionable.