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Post by Tanzanite » Fri August 10th, 2012, 7:00 pm

Monarch by Rory Clements. UK release February 28, 2013

From Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, comes MONARCH, the fifth in his acclaimed John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series. 'Does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times

England may have survived the Armada threat of 1588, but when Spanish galleys land troops in Cornwall on a lightning raid seven years later, is it a dry-run for a new invasion? Or is there, perhaps, a more sinister motive? The Queen is speechless with rage. But as intelligencer John Shakespeare tries to get a grip on events, one by one his network of spies is horribly murdered. What has all this to do with Thomasyn Jade, a girl driven to the edge of madness by the foul rituals of exorcism? And what is the link to a group of priests held prisoner in bleak Wisbech Castle?

From the pain-wracked torture rooms of the Inquisition in Seville to the marshy wastes of fenland, from the wild coasts of Cornwall to the sweat and sawdust of the Elizabethan playhouses, and from the condemned cell at Newgate to the devilish fantasies of a fanatic, MONARCH builds to a terrifying climax that threatens the life of the Queen herself.

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Post by Tanzanite » Fri August 10th, 2012, 7:00 pm

Holy War by Jack Hight. UK release March 28, 2013.

In HOLY WAR, the final book of the Saladin Trilogy, telling the story of the legendary war leader who united Arabia, Saladin recaptures Jerusalem from the Crusaders, and prepares for his ultimate battle against Richard the Lionheart. A full-blooded historical adventure novel for all fans of Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell, Anthony Riches, Ben Kane, Robyn Young and Simon Scarrow.

While Saladin ruthlessly sets about uniting the whole of Arabia under his rule, the Kingdom of Jerusalem is torn apart by treachery and intrigue and when the murderous knight Reynald of Chatillon raids a caravan heading from Damascus to Mecca and rapes Saladin's sister, the scene is set for war.

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Post by Tanzanite » Fri August 10th, 2012, 7:01 pm

The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne. US and UK release April 2, 2013.

From the author of The Absolutist, a propulsive novel of the Russian Revolution and the fate of the Romanovs.

Part love story, part historical epic, part tragedy, The House of Special Purpose illuminates an empire at the end of its reign. Eighty-year-old Georgy Jachmenev is haunted by his past—a past of death, suffering, and scandal that will stay with him until the end of his days. Living in England with his beloved wife, Zoya, Georgy prepares to make one final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved, the Russia that both destroyed and defined him. As Georgy remembers days gone by, we are transported to St. Petersburg, to the Winter Palace of the czar, in the early twentieth century—a time of change, threat, and bloody revolution. As Georgy overturns the most painful stone of all, we uncover the story of the house of special purpose.

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Post by Tanzanite » Fri August 10th, 2012, 7:02 pm

Knight Crusader by Ronald Welch. Young Adult/children. UK reissue April 2013.

Philip d'Aubigny is a young knight in the kingdom of Outremer and can't wait to prove himself. His chance comes when he rides into battle to defend his home from attack by Saracen leader, Saladin and his army. But after a disastrous campaign, Philip is taken prisoner by the Turks and must work as a servant-and all the while he is plotting his escape. At last his opportunity arrives and Philip flees, joining Richard the Lionheart in his victorious Third Crusade before finally travelling to Britain to claim his family's estate. Only when he arrives, he finds he must once again go into battle . . .

This exciting tale has captured the hearts and imaginations of young readers for many years and was the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal (in 1954). This edition features the original black and white illustrations throughout which perfectly evoke the atmosphere of the story.
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Post by Tanzanite » Fri August 10th, 2012, 7:03 pm

At the Grey Apple Tree by Berwick Coates. US and UK release 2013.

On the top of the hill stands a solitary grey apple tree, the symbol of all that England is. In less than a week this will be the scene of the greatest battle in living memory. At the grey apple tree two armies will face one another. Two men will lead those armies. And two forces will become one - a victorious nation, a valiant army, a conqueror. This is a battle for honour, a battle for survival. This is a battle for England.

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Post by Tanzanite » Fri August 10th, 2012, 7:05 pm

Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel by Ginger Garrett. US release May 1, 2013.

From critically acclaimed author Ginger Garret comes a compelling portrait of one of the most notorious women of the Old Testament, Jezebel.

Reign is faithful to the biblical account, with startling evidence uncovered by archeologists woven into the story. From her marriage to Ahab until her death, Jezebel’s heart is unveiled—a heart capable of passion and pain, love and hate. Captivating storytelling reveals another side to a familiar story as Jezebel maneuvers through heated palace politics, pitting the goddess Asherah against Obadiah’s God, Yahweh. And it may cost her everything.

The third book in the Lost Loves of the Bible fiction series is ideally suited for historical fiction fans and anyone fascinated by the lives of biblical women. It’s as haunting as it is relevant—the story of a woman forced to choose between love and vengeance.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat August 11th, 2012, 2:43 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Imperial Legend: The Mysterious Disappearance of Tsar Alexander I by Alexis Troubetzkoy. Non-fiction. US reissue January 1, 2013.
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This is a reprint, I just looked it up and it was originally out in 2002.

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Post by Nefret » Sat August 11th, 2012, 3:32 am

Isn't that a little early for a reissue?



That Monarch book sounds interesting.
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"
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Post by Tanzanite » Sat August 11th, 2012, 3:37 am

I indicated it was a reissue ( not sure what the difference is between a reissue and a reprint, if any)

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat August 11th, 2012, 8:54 pm

Sorry! I missed that part (sheepish grin)

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