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Postby Tanzanite » Thu August 25th, 2011, 10:55 pm

"Tanzanite" wrote:Armada by John Stack. UK release January 5, 2012

It is 1587. Two nations are locked in bitter conflict. One strives for dominance, the other for survival. After decades of religious strife, Elizabeth sits on the throne of England. The reformation continues. Catholic revolts have been ruthlessly quashed, and Elizabeth has ordered the execution of her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots.


On the continent bloody religious wars rage, but England stands apart, her surrounding seas keeping her safe from the land armies of her would-be enemies. Only at sea do the English show their teeth. Sea captains and adventurers, hungry for the spoils of trade from the Spanish Main, regularly attack the gold-laden galleons of Catholic Spain. They are terriers nipping at the feet of war-horses but their victories disrupt the treasury of Spain, England’s greatest threat, and Elizabeth’s refusal to rein in her sea-captains further antagonises Philip II.

Thomas Varian is a captain in Drake’s formidable navy, rising quickly through the ranks. But he guards a secret – one for which he would pay with his life if discovered: he is a Catholic. He is about to find his conflicting loyalty to his religion, to his Queen, and to his country tested under the most formidable of circumstances: facing the mighty Armada. Unknown to Varian, he will also be facing his long-estranged father, who is fighting on the side of the Spanish enemy…


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Postby Tanzanite » Thu August 25th, 2011, 10:56 pm

"Tanzanite" wrote:The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. US release February 21, 2012.

Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young seamstress who survives the disaster only to find herself deeply torn between two men and embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.


Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a rugged but sensitive sailor and the other a mysterious Chicago millionaire. All survive the sinking, but Lady Duff Gordon's actions during the disaster make her the subject of media scorn and later the hearings on the Titanic. Torn between admiration for the designer and dismay at her behavior, and between two very different suitors, Tess must navigate the complex waters of life and love. Set against a historical tragedy but told from a completely fresh angle, The Dressmaker is an atmospheric delight filled with all the period's glitz and glamour as well as all the thrilling excitement of young love.


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Postby Tanzanite » Thu August 25th, 2011, 10:59 pm

"Tanzanite" wrote:Spirit's Princess by Esther Friesner. Young Adult. US release Arpil 24, 2012.

Pampered princess. Chieftain's daughter. Secret shaman. Warrior.

Himiko the beloved daughter of a chieftain in third century Japan has always been special. The day she was born there was a devastating earthquake, and the tribe's shamaness had an amazing vision revealing the young girl's future—one day this privledged child will be the spiritual and tribal leader over all of the tribes. Book One revolves around the events of Himiko's early teen years—her shaman lessons, friendships, contact with other tribes, and journey to save her family after a series of tragic events. Once again, Esther Friesner masterfully weaves together history, myth, and mysticism in a tale of a princess whose path is far from traditional.


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Postby Tanzanite » Mon August 29th, 2011, 11:45 pm

Keeper of the King's Secrets by Michelle Diener. US release February 14, 2012. (cover subject to change)


Susanna Horenbout’s chance meeting with a jeweler from Antwerp pulls her and her betrothed, courtier John Parker, into a deadly plot against the King. Ever since Henry VIII’s sister Mary gave him the spectacular Mirror of Naples, part of the French Crown Jewels, the King of France has been plotting to get it back.


After the French king is captured in battle, the secret deal struck for the jewel’s return is in jeopardy—and French agents in London are taking matters into their own hands. But the powerful Duke of Norfolk has caught wind of the secret deal and sees the planned theft as an opportunity to rid himself of a hated rival at court—even if it means plunging England into an unwinnable war with France.

As Susanna and John Parker desperately search for the jewel, trying to stay one step ahead of the French, they're swept into a power struggle with men who will crush any obstacle to get what they want. And with the fate of Henry's kingship in the balance, they must figure out who Henry's true enemies are—before it's too late.
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Postby Tanzanite » Mon August 29th, 2011, 11:46 pm

Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith. UK release April 20, 2012.

Sarai, the last child of her aged father, is beautiful, spoiled, and used to getting her own way. Even as a young girl, she is aware of the way men look at her, including her half brother Abram. When Abram finally requests Sarai's hand, she asks one thing - that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even her father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if Sarai makes a promise in return - to give Abram a son and heir. Certain she can easily do that, Sarai agrees.

But as the years stretch on and Sarai's womb remains empty, she becomes desperate to fulfil her end of the bargain - lest Abram decide that he will not fulfil his. To what lengths will Sarai go in her quest to bear a son? And how long will Abram's patience last? Jill Eileen Smith thrilled readers with "The Wives of King David" series. Now she brings to life the strong and celebrated wives of the patriarchs, beginning with the beautiful and inscrutable Sarai.
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Postby Tanzanite » Mon August 29th, 2011, 11:48 pm

Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherry Jones. US and UK release May 8, 2012. (cover subject to change)

When Beatrice of Savoy, countess of Provence, sends her four beautiful, accomplished daughters to become queens, she admonishes them: Family comes first. As a result, the daughters—Marguerite, queen of France; Eleanor, queen of England; Sanchia, queen of Germany; and Beatrice, queen of Sicily—work not only to expand their husbands’ empires and broker peace between nations, but also to bring the House of Savoy to greater power and influence than before. Their father’s death, however, tears the sisters apart, pitting them against one another for the legacy each believes rightfully hers—Provence itself.


Told from alternating points of view of all four queens, and set in the tumultuous thirteenth century, this is a tale of greed, lust, ambition, and sibling rivalry on a royal scale, exploring the meaning of true power and bringing to life four of the most celebrated women of their time—each of whom had an impact on the history of Europe.
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Postby Ash » Tue August 30th, 2011, 12:41 am

Interesting - given the excellent treatment given this topic by Nancy Goldstone in her non fiction account, I wonder just how much this novel will stick to the facts. The story Goldstone told was so interesting, I never thought a novel was really needed!

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Postby Nefret » Wed August 31st, 2011, 3:21 am

"Ash" wrote:Interesting - given the excellent treatment given this topic by Nancy Goldstone in her non fiction account, I wonder just how much this novel will stick to the facts.


Yeah, I wonder that too.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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Postby EC2 » Wed August 31st, 2011, 6:04 pm

Just seen Armada by John Stack. Has he had a change of venue? I thought he was doing Roman sea stuff. Perhaps he's opted for both?
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.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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Postby annis » Sun September 18th, 2011, 12:48 am

Posted by EC
Just seen Armada by John Stack. Has he had a change of venue? I thought he was doing Roman sea stuff. Perhaps he's opted for both?


He'd completed his Punic Wars-era Masters of the Sea trilogy and I guess he felt like a change of scene.

Talking about a change of scene, just noticed that a title and publication date have been given for the first in Giles Kristian's forthcoming English Civil War series: The Bleeding Land, April 2012. Kristian is best known for his Raven Viking trilogy, set in the 9th century.


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