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[[ Read Epub ]] ó Her Last Assassin õ Will love or loyalty conquer Lady in waiting Lucy Morgan is once again torn between her dangerous attraction to William Shakespeare and her loyalty to Queen Elizabeth IEngland is facing its gravest threat yet The Spanish have declared war, and Elizabeth finds herself attacked by sea and by Catholic conspiracy from within her own court Master Goodluck goes undercover, tasked with discovering the identity of this secret assassin, leaving his ward Lucy not knowing if the spy is alive or deadMeanwhile Queen Elizabeth is growing old in a court of troublesome young noblemen, while Lucy is struggling to love a man whose duties lie elsewhereWhen the final challenge comes, these two women must be ready to face it But there is one last surprise in store for both of them I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways This review may contain spoilers.I d ideally give this book 3.5 stars, but I ll leave it as 3 on here.I m not always one for reading historical books That is, I probably wouldn t choose to buy one to read I did, however, read a historical fantasy book by Victoria Lamb, which I quite enjoyed.The character of Elizabeth in this book contrasted sharply with that of her in Witchstruck and I felt that was done particularly I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways This review may contain spoilers.I d ideally give this book 3.5 stars, but I ll leave it as 3 on here.I m not always one for reading historical books That is, I probably wouldn t choose to buy one to read I did, however, read a historical fantasy book by Victoria Lamb, which I quite enjoyed.The character of Elizabeth in this book contrasted sharply with that of her in Witchstruck and I felt that was done particularly well Although the books were written by the same author, I couldn t mistake one for the other.I ve long been a reader of the Horrible Histories books and also been watching the television series I have some passing knowledge of Tudor history and of Queen Elizabeth.It was interesting to see how the various historical figures in this book were portrayed I did get a bit confused at times, but the author s spin on Shakespeare s sexuality was kind of unique and the other historical figures came to life pretty well, even though some of them weren t very nice Goodluck was an interesting character, as was Lucy Morgan It was an interesting twist to have her be Shakespeare s Dark Lady something that I have no knowledge about, but which I m sure readers with historical knowledge will appreciate.Elizabeth was portrayed in, I felt, quite a realistic way In some ways, I could feel for her She came across as quite lonely at times and although she did things that were morally wrong and hypocritical , I imagine it must have been quite lonely at times.For the most part, the book was well written, with only some minor confusion about whether a physician suspected a character had a broken back or neck I was left very confused when a message said the former and another character then started worrying that the physician had said the latter I liked the ending of this book, although it wasn t quite how one might expect I m not sure I d read the previous two books in this trilogy, but I currently have the next book in the Tudor witch trilogy added to my basket on.In my opinion, this author is worth reading and stays fairly true to the historical figures If you like historical fiction, I do recommend her books Having not read the previous two novels in the Lucy Morgan series I was hesitant about Her Last Assassin but I needn t have been it is a very good read and easily stands alone as a historical novel Elizabeth I has been queen for many years and now finds herself surrounded by a court of young men and a seemingly endless array of Catholics plotting against her As one of her ladies, Lucy Morgan is aware of the perils her mistress faces but she has problems of her own She is romantically in Having not read the previous two novels in the Lucy Morgan series I was hesitant about Her Last Assassin but I needn t have been it is a very good read and easily stands alone as a historical novel Elizabeth I has been queen for many years and now finds herself surrounded by a court of young men and a seemingly endless array of Catholics plotting against her As one of her ladies, Lucy Morgan is aware of the perils her mistress faces but she has problems of her own She is romantically involved with rakish playwright William Shakespeare but he is an unreliable, as well as married, lover and she increasingly feels drawn to her old master, a man known simply as Goodluck Goodluck spies for the queen and as such is enmeshed in a very shady world inhabited by the brilliant but reckless Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex and the mysterious Christopher Marlowe I really enjoyed Victoria Lamb s portrayal of the world of the late Elizabethan court in particular the tensions and fierce jostling for power that swirled just under the surface of the cult of Gloriana A dynasty was drawing to a close and what would replace it was still far from clear Lamb also depicts the murder of Christopher Marlowe and provides a possible scenario to explain it that should interest those who study his demise Her Last Assassin is a must for all fans of Tudor historical fiction Lucy Morgan is an unusual lady in waiting but her reason for being at court is credible The male protagonist, Goodluck, is a very plausible spy This is a well researched novel based on the Lopez conspiracy with a dash of William Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe thrown in not to mention the deeply unpleasant Earl of Southampton and the very arrogant Earl of Essex whose relationship with the queen is effectively portrayed If you like Tudor skulduggery with a splash of romance this book will be right Lucy Morgan is an unusual lady in waiting but her reason for being at court is credible The male protagonist, Goodluck, is a very plausible spy This is a well researched novel based on the Lopez conspiracy with a dash of William Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe thrown in not to mention the deeply unpleasant Earl of Southampton and the very arrogant Earl of Essex whose relationship with the queen is effectively portrayed If you like Tudor skulduggery with a splash of romance this book will be right up the darkened alley of your choice Will love or loyalty conquerA sweeping saga that encapsulates the period perfectly4.5 STARSHaving already read His Dark Lady by Victoria Lamb as well as her YA novel Witchstruck , I was incredibly enthusiastic to delve into this delicious tale set within Shakespearian times Victoria Lamb is an author who so deftly interweaves historical fact with compelling fiction, so as to bring the past into the twenty first century in an enchanting and interesting way Her Last Assassin is the third Will love or loyalty conquerA sweeping saga that encapsulates the period perfectly4.5 STARSHaving already read His Dark Lady by Victoria Lamb as well as her YA novel Witchstruck , I was incredibly enthusiastic to delve into this delicious tale set within Shakespearian times Victoria Lamb is an author who so deftly interweaves historical fact with compelling fiction, so as to bring the past into the twenty first century in an enchanting and interesting way Her Last Assassin is the third story featuring Lucy Morgan Shakespeare s love and Lady who captivated many including Queen Elizabeth I As an avid reader of historical fiction and a fan of authors such as Deborah Swift, Grace Tiffany and Elizabeth Chadwickmedieval I am pleased to add another author to my list of favourites Darkly magnetic and richly imagined, this exceptional novel is wrought with intensity and passion so fervent that you cannot help but be drawn into the book Her Last Assassin is the sensational sequel to The Queen s Secret and His Dark Lady, following on the story of the lady in waiting whose dangerously attracted to the greatest playwright in history Dangerous, turbulent times lie ahead for England as Spain declares war, and Catholic conspiracies form within the courts Not knowing if the secret spy assassin is alive or dead, Lucy struggles on to love a man whose duties lie elsewhere As the final challenge approaches under the rein of an old Queen, there is onesurprise that Lucy is not expecting Cropp d are the flower de luces in your arms William Shakespeare, Henry VI, part 1, I, I In this final instalment and breathtaking conclusion to the most epic, phenomenal account of the dark lady I was shaken to the core The combination of in depth historical research and atmospheric ambience, paints such a vivid and realistic picture of such a magnetic era Temptation and desire swim in a sea of heated rivals, whose deceptive facades and self interests keep you always on tenterhooks as to what could happen Scintillating suspense and shocking drama had me aghast, as I read long into the early hours of the morning totally lost within the past My tongue will tell the anger of my heartOr else my heart, concealing it, will break William Shakespeare, the taming of the shrew, IV, iii Ideal for students studying Shakespeare s plays and his life as additional reading, and highly recommended to all who love this genre Victoria Lamb is a incomparable author who writes with an accurate insight and style I won a signed copy of Her Last Assassin by Victoria Lamb through a Goodreads, first read giveaway