The Queen's Bastard (The Inheritors' Cycle, #1)

The Queen's Bastard (The Inheritors' Cycle, #1)

by C. E. Murphy

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Overview

Belinda Primrose deals in secrets.

Since childhood, Belinda has known she was the unacknowledged daughter of Lorraine, the unwed queen of Aulun, an island nation on the edge of the vast Echonian continent. Belinda is a spy, an assassin...and a danger to her mother, should she ever be discovered. She can be anyone, and will do anything, to cement Lorraine's position of power within the treacherous Echonian courts.

But as she infiltrates the glamorous royal palaces where her mother's rivals scheme, a new power awakens in Belinda. The witchlight she commands is a dangerous aphrodisiac—one that could bring down everything she's worked for when she finds a teacher in the sensual prince of Gallin. Javier harbors secret witchbreed magic of his own...and a claim to the Aulunian throne that ranks him highly among Lorraine's enemies.

Belinda has never wavered in her mission, but love and loyalty will collide as her secrets are revealed...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163671984
Publisher: Miz Kit Productions
Publication date: 09/02/2019
Series: The Inheritors' Cycle
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 49,181
File size: 630 KB

About the Author

According to her friends, CE Murphy makes such amazing fudge that it should be mentioned first in any biography. It's true that she makes extraordinarily good fudge, but she's somewhat surprised that it features so highly in biographical relevance.

Other people said she began her writing career when she ran away from home at age five to write copy for the circus that had come to town. Some claimed she's a crowdsourcing pioneer, which she rather likes the sound of, but nobody actually got around to pointing out she's written a best-selling urban fantasy series (The Walker Papers), or that she dabbles in writing graphic novels (Take A Chance) and periodically dips her toes into writing short stories (the Old Races collections).

Still, it's clear to her that she should let her friends write all of her biographies, because they’re much more interesting that way.

More prosaically, she was born and raised in Alaska, and now lives with her family in her ancestral homeland of Ireland, which is a magical place where it rains a lot but nothing one could seriously regard as winter ever actually arrives.

She can be found online at mizkit.com, @ce_murphy, fb.com/cemurphywriter, and at her newsletter, tinyletter.com/ce_murphy/, which is by far the best way to hear what's out next!

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Queen's Bastard 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
KrissieTN More than 1 year ago
I am not sure whether or not I like this book. I am a big fan of C.E. Murphy's Urban Shaman/Joanne Walker series. This book feels bogged down though. None of the characters are particularly likable, and it's difficult to relate to the protagonist. I have tried to start the second book, but haven't gotten past the 2nd chapter. I feel like the plot is almost to complex (?) or convoluted maybe. Either way I lost sight of the goal of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the Urban Shaman series and loved it. This not so much. Just could not bring myself to like any of the characters in this book.
surreality on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot: The plotholes in this story are large enough to swallow up whole galaxies. There's a lack of balance between slow-paced sections and time jumps, and the overall plot is incredibly contrieved. Too many side plots don't get resolved by the end - this isn't a multi-volume series, it's the first half of a book. Characters: There's a lot of inconsistency in character portrayal, and very little growth. Reactions tend to be unconvincing, and interactions are just off at times. Style: If there's any character or object in this story that doesn't serve a purpose later, I haven't seen it. The story becomes very predictable because of this. The prose is flowery and nothing special, but could have been worse. The worldbuilding is shoddily done, or at least badly depicted - making the reader rely in Elizabethan imagery is one thing, but please do take the time to at least sketch out the differences in your world. And if you involve magic, you might want to give it some background so it's not merely boring.Plus: Some interesting twists.Minus: The immediate deconstruction of said twists. Also, the story doesn't know what goals it wants to achieve by the last page of the book, and therefore doesn't go anywhere. There's no proper ending, not even a temporary ending as it would be suitable for a book in a series. In addition, the sex scenes were incredibly badly written. Boring, mechanical, and about as erotic as potato peeling.Summary: No reason to bother with this book unless you're seriously desperate for reading material.
Aschere on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a quick, easy read. But definitely one of those historical fantasy romance novels that you don't really want to admit to reading. Not that it wasn't enjoyable. It was. Just not the kind of book I feel I should indulge in... all the time.
PitcherBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adults only. Thought it was your standard SF&F. A bit steamier then pretty much any book I've read! The heroine is every guy's dream. I'm guessing this was written by a man. Not for the prudish!
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very well-written fantasy, set in alternate Elizabethan times. I was somewhat confused trying to map the alternate Europe and history to the real one. The main/viewpoint character is increasingly unattractive; about halfway through, she did something so repellant I stopped reading.
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scifimomma More than 1 year ago
Having not heard of this author before, my hubby bought the book and it's sequel, while I was on bedrest. He did good! Excellent writing, depth of characters, and interesting storyline. Not was I was expecting!
tlmjdoit More than 1 year ago
I'll admit this was the first C.E. Murphy book I've read (although I'm a huge lover of female fantasy authors). I was intrigued with the thought of a female assassin with "powers" set in the Elizabethan period (which is why I purchased the book. I thought it was well written, but I agree with some other reviews that it's definitely no like your normal fantasy read. I would recommend it since it's very well written.
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