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Book Reviews of Prophecy (Giordano Bruno, Bk 2)

Prophecy (Giordano Bruno, Bk 2)
Prophecy - Giordano Bruno, Bk 2
Author: S.J. Parris, Stephanie Merritt
ISBN-13: 9780385531306
ISBN-10: 0385531303
Publication Date: 4/5/2011
Pages: 375
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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Cattriona avatar reviewed Prophecy (Giordano Bruno, Bk 2) on + 200 more book reviews
This book was a pleasant read, but nothing particularly special. Without spoiling any plot details, the hero had a few too many convenient escapes to enable any suspension of disbelief, and there were no particularly original plot devices used. Though the story mentions both Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, the reader doesn't actually see much of either of them, so fans seeking those 2 personas will want to look elsewhere.
reviewed Prophecy (Giordano Bruno, Bk 2) on + 1407 more book reviews
In the year 1583 Jupiter and Saturn align, a phenomenon that happens every thousand years. Many people in England saw it as a sign of one age ending and the beginning of another. Some believed that it foretold the death of Queen Elizabeth and a possibility that her cousin, Mary, would assume the throne. This would mean that Catholicism would probably replace the Protestant faith. And, people remember the terror, blood and deaths that followed a previous reign of Catholicism.

When one of the queen's maids of honor is murdered with an astrological sign carved on her body such beliefs are enforced. And the death of a second, a good friend of the first, dies, she, too, has an astrological sign carving. A third death of a young messenger links to the first two. Erasms Giordiano, who has fled to England after abandoning his monkish vows, finds himself caught up in investigating the deaths. As his search unfolds he finds himself targeted. Employed by Frances Walsingham, he must get to the bottom of it all before he, too, is killed.

This story is well written, the plot convoluted and complex and the characters assume so much life that this reader felt involved in life of this tumultuos time. Suspect after suspect is eliminated and several plots by individuals who seek to assume one throne or another on the continent uncovered until the climax. It's a most interesting read with a fascinating key character.
reviewed Prophecy (Giordano Bruno, Bk 2) on + 212 more book reviews
Picking up a few months after Heresy left off, Prophecy is another great murder mystery/thriller starring Giordano Bruno as our unlikely detective and spy all rolled up into one. Rather than being set in a more remote location like Heresy, this one takes place primarily in London and is more directly involved with the court of Elizabeth I.

Unlike a lot of historical fiction, this one has nearly no romance and is primarily about finding the murderer of Cecily Ashe, as well as trying to uncover the latest plot to overthrow Elizabeth and restore Mary Stuart to the throne. Are the two things related? Is it mere coincidence that they happened at the same time?

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