The Queen's Bastard

The Queen's Bastard

by C. E. Murphy
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The Queen's Bastard by C. E. Murphy

“Wow. C. E. Murphy is good. Court intrigue in an alternate Elizabethan-era fantasy world: realpolitik with the sex included.”
–Kate Elliott, author of Crown of Stars

In a world where religion has ripped apart the old order, Belinda Primrose is the queen’s secret weapon. The unacknowledged daughter of Lorraine, the first queen to sit on the Aulunian throne, Belinda has been trained as a spy since the age of twelve by her father, Lorraine’s lover and spymaster.

Cunning and alluring, fluent in languages and able to take on any persona, Belinda can infiltrate the glittering courts of Echon where her mother’s enemies conspire. She can seduce at will and kill if she must. But Belinda’s spying takes a new twist when her witchlight appears.

Now Belinda’s powers are unlike anything Lorraine could have imagined. They can turn an obedient daughter into a rival who understands that anything can be hers, including the wickedly sensual Javier, whose throne Lorraine both covets and fears. But Javier is also witchbreed, a man whose ability rivals Belinda’s own . . . and can be just as dangerous.

Amid court intrigue and magic, loyalty and love can lead to more daring passions, as Belinda discovers that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

“C. E. Murphy vividly reimagines Renaissance Europe as a world both familiar and strange. Filled with intrigue and betrayal, her story is a chess game with six of seven sides, and I look forward to seeing what the next moves are.”
–Marie Brennan, author of Warrior and Witch

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345494641
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/29/2008
Series: Inheritors' Cycle Series , #1
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,163,568
Product dimensions: 8.24(w) x 7.14(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

C. E. Murphy is the author of more than twenty books, including the Walker Papers series and the Negotiator trilogy. Born and raised in Alaska, she has since moved to her ancestral homeland of Ireland. She lives there with her husband, a chef, and three very spoiled pets.

Beverley A. Crick is a New York-based actress and accomplished voice-over artist. Her credits include film, television, commercials, radio, corporate narrations, looping, theater, comedy, and hosting. Her humor, dedication to research, and sensibility to nuance collectively inform all her narrations.

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Queen's Bastard 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 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.
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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love C. E. Murphy's Urban Shaman series. And I was hoping for some of the same with this new series. But I was a bit disappointed that the tone of the book was a bit darker and more depressing and not as snappy with the dialog. Its still a good read and she does a fantastic job of imersing you into a slightly twisted historical story with richly deep characters based off of Queen Elizabeth's time period. But all in all I don't think I'll continue with this particular series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
C.E. Murphy is wonderful. I have enjoyed everything I've read by her and this is no exception. Truly delightful amoral characters with a surprise at the end that I did not expect. Outstanding!
harstan More than 1 year ago
From the moment she could crawl, her furtive father Lord Drake raised and trained Belinda Primrose by himself as an assassin. He also pounded in her allegiance to his liege Queen Lorraine of Aulun. Drake has never informed his daughter who her mother is as that could prove dangerous since she is Lorraine¿s illegitimate offspring. --- Years ago Lorraine¿s most dangerous rival Queen Sandalia of Gallin miscarried when she learned her husband had died. To protect the throne with a male heir especially from ambitious Lorraine, Sandalia abducted a newborn she named Prince Javier --- In 1561 Javier and Belinda meet for the first when she is in Gallin on an espionage mission. He falls in love with her and she feels the same about him, but her loyalty from birth is to her sire and he knows what must come before desire. Still their attraction grows as they soon learn they share in common that each is a 'witchbreed' magic user. --- This sixteenth century fantasy is much darker than the author¿s romantic urban fantasies as power and politics supersedes ethics for instance Belinda encourages her beloved to rape an adversary. Well written, dark historical fantasy fans will appreciate the opening act of what looks like will be a solid series, but setting up the cast, era, and machinations at times slows down the story line. Still THE QUEEN¿S BASTARD is a solid first entry. --- Harriet Klausner