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By Slanderous Tongues (Scepter'd Isle Series #3)

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    A good rewriting of history with a twist. Believe in elves and history makes a lot more sense

    This, the third book in the series [of 4] about the life of Elizabeth Tudor [Elizabeth 1] of England, is rich in detail. It incorporates, known facts about Elizabeth's life into a tapestry of quasi-non fiction. The characters all come to full and vivid life as Lord Denno, Elizabeth's elven protector, follows her through trials, tribulations, and also happier moments, in her life. Referred to throughout history as the 'virgin queen', it was hard to picture this lusty, hearty daughter of Henry the Eighth, being a totally frigid person, when it came to sex. Lackey and Gellis have done a tasteful job of the wooing and seduction of the young Elizabeth. The Elizabethan period has been known to be a very lusty, earthy time in the history of England. Lackey and Gellis have done an excellent job of combining real history with a fantasy world that includes elves,seelighe and unseelighe, ogres, were creatures, as well as elements of Shakespeares, "Twelfth Night". A pure delight.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent Elizabethan historical fantasy

    The prophecy is clear that Princess Elizabeth will eventually sit on the throne bringing an enlightened period to the mortals. The fairy realm remains divided as it has for several years over the now fourteen year old offspring of the late King Henry VIII who is being hounded eternally by a gaggle of executed spouses. The dark Unseleighe Sidhe Prince Vidal Dhu believes that preventing Elizabeth¿s ascension will mean a return to their glorious Dark Ages filled with horror and misdeeds that fueled these malevolent elves. However, to achieve his side¿s darkest objective of insuring Elizabeth¿s fall from grace, they must remove preferably by death her overly protective guardians, the traitorous Seleighe twin elves, Lord Denoriel and Lady Aleneil. Dhu assigns the elimination of the Princess¿ protectors to twins Rhoslyn and Pasgen if anyone can get at Denoriel and Aleneil it is their Dark elven half-siblings. With them removed from the scene the prophecy will fail as Elizabeth will surely find a spouse or some way to alienate her half-siblings the recently crowned boy King Edward VI and the heir their older half sister Princess Mary. --- The third Scepter'd Isle Elizabethan historical fantasy (see ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT and THIS SCEPTER'D ISLE) is an excellent blending of mid sixteenth century English royal history and a fantasy thriller. The stakes are high as the rival elven groups battle not only for their future but that of the humans. The key players from the mortal and paranormal realms seem genuine including the target Princess Elizabeth due to the mixing of real events and known facts of her young teen years into the story line. Fans will cherish this top quality collaboration between two distinguished authors from differing genres who prove that adding one and one can surpass two when greatness join forces. --- Harriet Klausner

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