The Devil's Slave: A Novel

The Devil's Slave: A Novel

by Tracy Borman

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Overview

At the end of The King’s Witch, the first book in Tracy Borman’s Stuart-era trilogy, Frances Gorges was pregnant with the child of her dead lover, Thomas Wintour, executed for his role as a conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Now, in The Devil’s Slave, Frances is compelled to return to the dissolute and dangerous court where she has been suspected of witchcraft.

Catholics have gone underground in the new Puritan regime of King James I, and yet whispers of conspiracies continue to echo behind closed doors and down the halls of the royal palaces. Against this perilous backdrop, accompanied by her son George and her husband Sir Thomas Tyringham—whom she married conveniently to mask the true identity of her son’s father—Frances reunites with her former mistress, the Princess Elizabeth, now of marriageable age, as well as other less friendly members of the court: Prince Henry, heir to the crown who emulates his father’s brutality without scruple; Lord Cecil, eager to persecute Frances as a witch even as his own health rapidly declines; and King James himself, ever more paranoid and cruel towards alleged heretics and traitors. Yet a surprising ally emerges in the person of Sir Walter Raleigh, himself a prisoner in the Tower of London. With more lives than merely her own on the line, Frances soon finds herself caught in a spider’s web of secrets, promises, and plots.

Tracy Borman brings to life vivid characters from history, recreating the ever-treacherous court of the first Stuart king, and a historical period that has fascinated readers for centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802129451
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: Frances Gorges Historical Trilogy
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 369,108
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Tracy Borman is England’s joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust. She is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books including Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him; The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty; Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant; Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I; Elizabeth's Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen; Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seduction; as well as the novel The King’s Witch. Borman is also a regular broadcaster and public speaker.
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The Devil's Slave: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Leanne Neale 5 months ago
Tracy Borman’s, The Devil’s Slave, explores the superstition and beliefs in witches and witchcraft during the reign of James I. The subsequent persecution of innocent men and women to enhance political advancement is graphically illustrated against an ongoing backdrop of deceit, lies and entanglement. Extensively researched, Borman’s characters are brought to life in a richly woven tapestry of historical fiction.
CozyOnUp 5 months ago
While the wait for the second book in the trilogy felt like a long time, the reward is well worth it. In the second book, Frances has given birth to her son and marries Thomas Tyringham, who raises George as his own son and hopes that one day Frances will come to love him as he loves her. While protecting her and her son from being associated with the failed Powder Treason, they return to King James’ court as a family. While Frances and vowed to keep her Catholic faith hidden, she has a rebellious streak and a desire to seek justice for her lost love, Tom. As she works to do her part for the cause, Frances does not know who to trust and who is not a true supporter of the cause. Just as with the first book, this is a page turner that you cannot put down. The author has done a fantastic job of taking history and seamlessly weaving in Frances’ story. It is well written and I cannot wait for the third book to complete the trilogy, but I know that the wait will be well worth it.
MrsCaz 6 months ago
First, thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the second novel in a series and I didn't read the first (although I intend to) but it can be read as a stand alone as the author does a great job in filling in the reader of Frances's history from the first book. I truly loved this book and had a hard time putting it down. It captivated me from start to finish and maybe I am missing something as I didn't think Frances was a weak or not to be liked character at all. The choices she made were because she is a healer first and then when circumstances put her in a no win position she did what all mothers would do. I liked her very much. The author does a great job in really bringing all the characters to life as well as the period as well. She captured everything so well. A most enjoyable read that I can't wait for her next book in the series - I will definitely be reading that because I can't wait to see what lies ahead for Frances. A must read for any historical fiction fan! Loved it!!!!!
Anonymous 6 months ago
The author says little is known about the lead character, Frances Gorges, so I am puzzled by the choice of making her so annoying. Frances makes silly decision after silly decision that it's amazing that she is walking around with her head on her shoulder. Why not smarten her up a little? It's confusing to me. After being investigated for witchcraft in the last book for her herbal remedies, she continues like nothing happened and puts her servant, Ellen, in mortal danger. I gritted my teeth and hoped it would get better but no. Frances stumbles around making silly choices and putting her on collision courses with both her own brother and Prince Henry. This doesn't even count her long running feud with Cecil. Luckily she wanders into a wonderful marriage with her dead lover's friend. I do like the time period. It's a time we don't read much about and I enjoy reading about James I,the first apparently gay monarch. I like the description of court life and the story of Princess Elizabeth and her quest for a suitable husband. I am not sure why the Princess is so devoted to Frances who resumes her role as her lady in waiting. This is an average historical read with somewhat flat writing and an annoying lead character. Still it's nice to get a flavor for the times. Hopefully in the last book of the trilogy, Frances will smarten up and quit being silly. Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
The author says little is known about the lead character, Frances Gorges, so I am puzzled by the choice of making her so annoying. Frances makes silly decision after silly decision that it's amazing that she is walking around with her head on her shoulder. Why not smarten her up a little? It's confusing to me. After being investigated for witchcraft in the last book for her herbal remedies, she continues like nothing happened and puts her servant, Ellen, in mortal danger. I gritted my teeth and hoped it would get better but no. Frances stumbles around making silly choices and putting her on collision courses with both her own brother and Prince Henry. This doesn't even count her long running feud with Cecil. Luckily she wanders into a wonderful marriage with her dead lover's friend. I do like the time period. It's a time we don't read much about and I enjoy reading about James I,the first apparently gay monarch. I like the description of court life and the story of Princess Elizabeth and her quest for a suitable husband. I am not sure why the Princess is so devoted to Frances who resumes her role as her lady in waiting. This is an average historical read with somewhat flat writing and an annoying lead character. Still it's nice to get a flavor for the times. Hopefully in the last book of the trilogy, Frances will smarten up and quit being silly. Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Absolute delight of a book.Easy to lose a few hours! Set in King James court after the time of the GunPowder Treason this book follows the life of Frances.She is a healer but can’t practise openly for fear of being labeled a witch.Her life at court with her husband and son and trying to balance the different people who try to influence her forms the basis of this book.Very intricate plots woven together to form a richly hued tapestry of a story. #thedevilsslave#netgalley
MKF 6 months ago
Tom Wintour is dead and Frances is trying to raise her son in peace but that's not going to happen. She's called back to court to be a lady in waiting to the young Princess Elizabeth and to watch all the machinations going on in the Stuart court. This is the second in a series and I read (and loved) the first one, in part for Frances and in part because I learned something about a period I am less familiar with. Don't worry if you didn't read it, this is fine as a standalone. I will note that I found myself doing a little side research to keep track of who is who and how the various plots unfolded but those more versed in British history might not need to do so. Frances is married off to Lord Tryingham, who turns out to be a better egg than some of the other men in this novel (aka her brother Edward and Prince Henry, King James' heir). She makes some not good choices but keeps moving on. For a woman who was accused as a witch, participated in a treasonous plot, and bore the son of a man executed for that treason, she's in pretty deep with the establishment. I'm curious where the next installment will take her.....THanks to Netgalley for the ARC. For fans of historical fiction.