Monday, February 24, 2014

The Queen's Man (John Shakespeare, #6)The Queen's Man by Rory Clements (John Shakespeare #6)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction

John Shakespeare is one of those "queen and country before all else kind of guys." John has a handler of sorts which is Sir Francis Walsingham, who asks John to investigate where treason may lie within the lives of those in his hometown and in the process to put his life and the lives of those he loves on the line. John as I mentioned is very loyal and patriotic so he finds none of Sir Walsingham's expectations as a little to much to ask of one man. Even if by the end he is a little disgusted by the means to which he had to get to the root of it.

The Queen's Man is #6 in Clements John Shakespeare series yet I didn't feel lost when reading the story even though I have not read any other books in this series. Kat Whetstone was my favorite character because even though she was a skilled liar the girl had spunk! Worst character award would of course go to the slimy Mr. Topcliffe, because even though Mr. Hungate seems to prefer to skin people alive to me Topcliffe seemed to be even more menacing and evil-spirited.

An assassination or a rescue? Mary Queen of Scots is at the root of this viper's nest that John finds himself in. One half find her so unworthy that they cannot help but despise her (mostly the Protestants that back Queen Elizabeth I) and the other half believe that she is their true sovereign and they are willing to die to see her freed from her captors (this side is made up mostly of Catholics). So one little queen has managed to pit two large denominations of Christianity against each other this of course really happened and I like how Clements put a section at the end of the book with historical notes that happened both in the book and of course in history.

I truly loved the thrill of John's adventure mixed in with a bit of all of our history on the page making this a gratifying read!

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