Lucy's Blade

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1. A stunningly original novel from a new author set in one of the pivotal and most interesting periods of western history that combines science fiction, espionage and magic in a new mix. Buffy has a new rival from Olde Englande.

2. This science fantasy novel is set within an accurately described Elizabethan England - with a young girl who fights the forces of evil for the Queen's Secret Service. Buffy fans ...

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1. A stunningly original novel from a new author set in one of the pivotal and most interesting periods of western history that combines science fiction, espionage and magic in a new mix. Buffy has a new rival from Olde Englande.

2. This science fantasy novel is set within an accurately described Elizabethan England - with a young girl who fights the forces of evil for the Queen's Secret Service. Buffy fans who have been suffering withdrawal symptoms will flock to this new demon-kicking heroine.

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Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth’s Secretary of State, was the greatest spymaster the world had ever seen. But when he asked Dr. Dee to summon a demon the result was unexpected, especially for his orphaned niece Lucy. Sir Francis’ duty as her guardian was to find Lucy a suitably aristocratic husband, not to let her fight demons and witchcraft for the Queen’s Secret Service. But his—and Lucy’s—duty to protect Queen and country from enemies both natural and supernatural kept getting in the way. And so did all those demons . . .

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Publishers Weekly

British author Lambshead, a research scientist with many technical papers to his credit, takes an imaginative premise for his first novel, a fantasy set mainly in Elizabethan England, but falters in the execution. After court wizard John Dee, with the aid of Lovecraft's Necronomicon, summons a demon thatpossesses Lucy Dennys, "a lady of gentle breeding... fair of face and bonny of character," Dee attempts to kill Lucy with his dagger. Sir Francis Walsingham, Lucy's uncle and the queen's spy chief, intervenes just in time, and the dagger later serves as a talisman for Lucy as she faces assorted challenges, including a plot against the queen's life. Rather than presenting the period from the point-of-view of the people living in it, Lambshead intrudes with anachronistic commentary ("Even a small cut could kill in a world without antibiotics") as well as historical exposition ("Elizabeth was the third great Tudor monarch, after her father Henry VIII and grandfather Henry VII"). Hopefully, any sequel will be less heavy-handed. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416555773
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 994,931
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John Lambshead is senior research scientist in marine biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London. He is also the Visiting Chair at Southampton University, Oceanography, and Regent’s Lecturer, University of California. He has authored almost a hundred academic/scientific publications. In their special 2000 millennium edition, London’s Evening Standard newspaper nominated him as one of London’s top 100 “unknown thinkers” for his scientific research. He has kept sane by writing military history books and designing computer and fantasy games, and designed the world’s first icon-driven game, based on Frederick Forsyth’s movie, The Fourth Protocol. He is married, lives in Kent in southern England, and is putting two daughters through university, so he really needs you to go out and buy his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Excellent new author

    Both my wife and I liked this book and look forward to more from John Lambshead. Sequels of the adventures of the holders of the blade would be welcome.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    lighthearted satirical fantasy

    Though they know the consequences of their actions, Court Magician Dr. John Dee, observed by chief spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham and his secretary Simon Tunstall, begins the ritual to summon a demon into the Royal palace while Queen Elizabeth I is in residence. If anything goes wrong they will lose their souls. The plan is to bring forth Choronzon using the Necronomicon with a dog to serve as his host on this plane while they interrogate the honest but shrewd demon to learn the identity of who threatens the Queen. The dog will have died once they are finished with and return Choronzon back to his plane. --- So far so good as Choronzon is trapped inside the dying canine until Sir Francis¿ teenage niece Lucy Dennys rushes into the room to save her dog Choronzon switches hosts. Dee grabs his dagger as he understand what just happened and heads towards Lucy to kill her immediately before it is too late to stop the demon and Choronzon takes control of Lucy¿s body. However, unable to kill her or let anyone else kill her, Sir Francis stops Dee from murdering Lucy although the magic practitioner insists she is no longer is his beloved niece. Centuries into the future London University Professor Alice Harding looks back to the escapades of Lucy the evil slayer. --- LUCY¿S BLADE is a lighthearted satirical fantasy that contains two rotating story lines from Lucy¿s adventures under the reign of Elizabeth I to Dr. Alice Harding looking back from her academic perch during the reign of Elizabeth II to Lucy in the sixteenth century. The historical period piece is the more entertaining as Lucy hosting Choronzon makes absurd anachronistic sidebars about the present (sixteenth century that is) from the perspective of someone living in the future (our present) looking back. Readers will enjoy the adventures of Lucy the evil slayer but she also affirms the belief that there is still only one Buffy. --- Harriet Klausner

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