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Postby Tanzanite » Wed February 2nd, 2011, 3:58 pm

Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon. UK release January 19, 2012.
Hawk Quest is a historical adventure novel, set in the 11th century just before the First Crusade and telling the story of a journey through Greenland, Northern Europe and Russia, to Constantinople to deliver six falcons in ransom for an English knight and to locate the "legendary" Fifth Gospel.

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Postby EC2 » Wed February 2nd, 2011, 9:19 pm

"Tanzanite" wrote:Tyrant: Destroyer of Cities by Christian Cameron. UK release January 1, 2012.
Demetrius, son of Alexander's former comrade, Antigonus One-Eye, was perhaps the most dashing and charismatic of the Successors, the Macedonian generals who fought a bitter war for the spoils of Alexander's short-lived empire. Still smarting from his epic defeat at the hands of Ptolemy, Demetrius has his eye on one of the richest prizes in the ancient world - the naval superpower of Rhodes. But the Rhodians know that defeat will mean annihilation, and Demetrius's campagin will entail five separate naval battles over several years before he can begin to breach the city walls - leading him to employ an array of fantastic war machines: ancient super-weapons like his gigantic lens of polished bronze used to focus on the city's wooden ramparts and set them ablaze. If she is to survive against such a merciless assault, Rhodes will need the help of every ally she can muster - including the newly crowned King of the Bosporus, Satyrus, and his fiery twin, Melitta...


Blokey ancient world fighty novels seem to be all the rage at the moment. The market is certainly developing fast.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 6:48 pm

The Inquisitor’s Wife by Jeanne Kalogridis. Anticipated release in 2012.


From the author of the critically acclaimed BORGIA BRIDE and THE SCARLET CONTESSA, comes another irresistible historical novel set during the Spanish Inquisition about a young woman who will stop at nothing to save her people from Torquemada’s torturers. In 1480 Seville, Marisol, a fearful young conversa (descendant of Spanish Jews forced to convert to Christianity), is ashamed of her Jewish blood. Forced into a sham marriage with a prosecutor for the new Inquisition, Marisol soon discovers that her childhood sweetheart, Antonio, has just returned to Seville and is also working for the inquisitors. When Marisol’s father is arrested and tortured during Spain’s first auto da fe, Marisol comes to value her Jewish heritage and vows to fight the Inquisition. When she discovers that her beloved Antonio is working to smuggle conversos safely out of Spain, she joins him and risks her life on behalf of her people; a passionate romance follows. Unfortunately, Marisol does not realize that her supposedly kind and gentle inquisitor-husband has been using her all along to lead Antonio and her fellow conversos to their doom...

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Postby Margaret » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 10:09 pm

The Inquisitor’s Wife


Seems a bit odd, but I'm not a scholar of the Inquisition. Weren't the inquisitors all Catholic officials, and therefore unmarried priests and monks?
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Postby Tanzanite » Thu February 24th, 2011, 7:13 pm

maybe it's a secret wife... ;)

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Postby Divia » Thu February 24th, 2011, 7:37 pm

"Margaret" wrote:Seems a bit odd, but I'm not a scholar of the Inquisition. Weren't the inquisitors all Catholic officials, and therefore unmarried priests and monks?


Yeah I was thinking that too. hmmm.
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Postby Tanzanite » Tue March 22nd, 2011, 6:31 pm

Accidents of Providence by Stacia Brown. UK release February 14, 2012.

A new voice in historical fiction rescues a woman wronged by her time and forgotten by history, whose love affair leads to her trial for murder.

It is 1649. King Charles has been beheaded for treason. Amid civil war, Cromwell’s army is running the country. The Levellers, a small faction of agitators, are calling for rights to the people. And a new law targeting unwed mothers and lewd women presumes anyone who conceals the death of her illegitimate child is guilty of murder.

Rachel Lockyer, unmarried glove maker, and Leveller William Walwyn are locked in a child is found buried in the woods, Rachel is arrested. So comes an investigation, public trial, and unforgettable characters: gouty investigator Thomas Bartwain, fiery Elizabeth Lillburne and her revolution-chasing husband, Huguenot glover Mary Du Gard, and others. Spinning within are Rachel and William, their remarkable love story, and the miracles that come to even the commonest lives.
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Postby Tanzanite » Thu March 31st, 2011, 1:17 am

Divia - this one's for you!!

The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak. UK release March 27, 2012.

Behind every great ruler lies a betrayal. Eva Stachniak's novel sweeps readers into the passionate, intimate, and treacherous world of Catherine the Great, revealing Russia's greatest monarch from her earliest days in court, where the most valuable currency was the secrets of nobility and the most dangerous weapon to wield was ambition.

Two young women, caught in the landscape of shifting allegiances, navigate the treacherous waters of palace intrigue. Barbara, the narrator, is a servant who will become one of Russia's most cunning royal spies. Sophie is a naive German duchess who will become Catherine the Great. For readers of superb historical fiction, Eva Stachniak captures in glorious detail the opulence of royalty and the perilous loyalties of the Russian court.
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Postby Divia » Thu March 31st, 2011, 1:52 am

YAY. Finally. Looking forward to it. And I can't wait to see it in color.
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Postby annis » Thu March 31st, 2011, 2:24 am

Posted by Tanzanite
Tyrant: Destroyer of Cities by Christian Cameron. UK release January 1, 2012.
Demetrius, son of Alexander's former comrade, Antigonus One-Eye, was perhaps the most dashing and charismatic of the Successors, the Macedonian generals who fought a bitter war for the spoils of Alexander's short-lived empire. Still smarting from his epic defeat at the hands of Ptolemy, Demetrius has his eye on one of the richest prizes in the ancient world - the naval superpower of Rhodes. But the Rhodians know that defeat will mean annihilation, and Demetrius's campagin will entail five separate naval battles over several years before he can begin to breach the city walls - leading him to employ an array of fantastic war machines: ancient super-weapons like his gigantic lens of polished bronze used to focus on the city's wooden ramparts and set them ablaze. If she is to survive against such a merciless assault, Rhodes will need the help of every ally she can muster - including the newly crowned King of the Bosporus, Satyrus, and his fiery twin, Melitta...


Cameron does the blokey, fighty thing well, so this will hopefully be a goodie. The siege of Rhodes was one of the most notabLe of antiquity and should make a good subject. The Rhodians celebrated their victory by building the famous Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (and no, it didn't really straddle the harbour, contrary to popular belief :) )


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