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Prophecy by S. J. Parris

Prophecy (2011)

by S. J. Parris

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    Heresy by S. J. Parris (joririchardson)
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    Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair by John Bossy (juglicerr)
    juglicerr: This is the nonfiction account of the incidents on which the novel is based.
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    Under the Molehill: An Elizabethan Spy Story by John Bossy (juglicerr)
    juglicerr: The fictional thriller Prophecy is based in part on John Bossy's two books about espionage against the French.

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I quite enjoyed this book, the background is well researched and well woven into an intricate plot, featuring a large cast of nicely drawn characters. BUT, it is around 60 pages too long and thus lacks the pace needed to make it a four star book for me. BUT I will be reading book 3 and, probably, book 4. ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
Plots are afoot to replace Elizabeth I with Mary, Queen of Scots. She is communicating with supporters in France through the French embassy in London, where Giordano Bruno is staying as a protege of the French King, and secretly as a spy for Sir Francis Walsingham. One of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting is found murdered. Is there a connection with the plots swirling round the French Embassy or with Dr. Dee, Elizabeth's astrologer, or was it just a tryst gone horribly wrong?

This was an exciting read but with enough time spent on giving sympathetic portraits of the characters, especially the much put upon French Ambassador and Dr Dee. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Feb 8, 2014 |
Prophecy is the second in the Giordano Bruno series by S.J. Parris and follows on from Heresy while also being a stand alone read.

Bruno is still acting as a spy for Sir Francis Walsingham with a view to protect Queen Elizabeth I from plots to dethrone her. In Prophecy, the threat comes from within the Queen's own court with several murders taking place and small astrological markings being carved into their chest.

Bruno is in London staying with a group of Catholics and is undercover trying to unearth potential plots to put Mary Stuart on the throne. His challenge: to investigate these deaths without betraying his true alliance.

I loved the portrayal of Dr. John Dee, philosopher and astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I - and his infamously well stocked library for the period; what self respecting book-lover wouldn't?

This was an interesting time in history; one where the line between the two religions and the Queen's own interest in astrology was very fine.

Basically this is an historical fiction whodunnit for the Renaissance period, and is a light and entertaining read. I didn't enjoy it as much as Heresy (4 stars), and will probably leave the series here. For those wanting to continue, there are two further novels to discover:

- Sacrilege Book 3 in Giordano Bruno series
- Treachery Book 4 due for release 18 June 2013 ( )
  Carpe_Librum | Apr 11, 2013 |
I love the Giordano Bruno character. This was another great thriller with the same believable characters and enough history to make if very interesting. I am looking forward to the third Bruno escapade. ( )
  marysneedle | Mar 27, 2013 |
LT review: This was the second novel in this series featuring Giordano Bruno as the sleuth in exile in England from the Inquisition and working for Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth's spymaster. He is here uncovering yet another Catholic plot, this one involving Henry Howard, younger brother of the Duke of Norfolk who was executed after plotting to overthrow the Queen and marry Mary, Queen of Scots. Henry Howard's plot involves other English rebel Catholics, the Duke of Guise, the Spanish Ambassador Mendoza and the Scots. And the mystic/magician John Dee, unwittingly, as well. It is intricately plotted and very well written and researched, but I do not feel the depth of characterisation present in C J Sanson's Matthew Shardlake.

Ditto. At the halfway point I just didn't care about Bruno, the murders or anything else about this novel. The fact that I had a cold may have factored in. I liked the first of the series but this one just didn't take.

Read 8/12
  walkerff | Aug 21, 2012 |
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Without warning, all the candles in the room's corners flicker and feint, as if a sudden gust has entered, but the air remains still. (Prologue)
The wedding feast of Sir Philip Sidney and Frances Walsingham threatens to spill over into the next day; dusk has fallen, lamps have been lit, and above the din from the musicians in the gallery and the laughter of guests, the young woman with whom I have been dancing tells me excitedly that she was once at a marriage party that lasted four days altogether.  (Main Text)
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Takes place Sept. 3, 1583 to Nov. 17, 1583 (25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I's Accession Day). It is the year of the Great Conjunction, the year the powerful planets of Saturn and Jupiter align to herald the end of one age and the dawn of another. When one of the queen's ladies is found dead amidst rumors of black magic, Elizabeth calls upon Giordano Bruno to solve the crime, along with her personal astrology, Dr. John Dee.
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S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth’s palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult.

It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align—an astrologi­cal phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age and the dawn of another. The streets of London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth.

When several of the queen’s maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound. Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes. While Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that some­thing far more sinister is at work. But even as the climate of fear at the palace intensifies, the queen refuses to believe that the killer could be someone within her own court.

Bruno must play a dangerous game: can he allow the plot to progress far enough to give the queen the proof she needs without putting her, England, or his own life in danger?

In this utterly gripping and gorgeously written novel, S. J. Parris has proven herself the new master of the historical thriller.

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When several of the queen's maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound. Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes. While Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that something far more sinister is at work.… (more)

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