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The Tudor Vendetta -- C.W. Gortner
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Book 3 in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Trilogy. Coming October 21, 2014!

Winter, 1558: Elizabeth I has ascended the throne but the first days of her reign are already fraught with turmoil, the kingdom weakened by strife and her ability to rule uncertain.

Summoned from exile abroad at the new queen's behest, Brendan Prescott arrives in London to face his shattered past. He soon finds himself pitted in deadly rivalry with his life-long foe, Robert Dudley, but when a poison attempt overshadows the queen’s coronation, Elizabeth privately dispatches Brendan on a far more dangerous assignation: to find her favored lady-in-waiting, Lady Parry, who has vanished in Yorkshire.

Upon his arrival at the crumbling sea-side manor that may hold the key to Lady Parry's disappearance, he encounters a strange, impoverished family beset by grief, as well as mounting evidence that they hide a secret from him. The mystery surrounding Lady Parry deepens as Brendan begins to realize there is far more going on at the manor than meets the eye, but the closer he gets to the heart of the mystery, the more he becomes the quarry of an elusive stranger with a vendetta— one that could expose both his own buried identity and a long-hidden revelation that will bring about Elizabeth's doom.

From the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the prisons of the Tower, Brendan must risk everything to unravel a vendetta that strikes at the very core of his world, including his loyalty to his queen.


“Fast paced and exciting, with a most engaging hero . . . So vivid, you feel are there!”  

Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of the Outlander series


“The third in the Spymaster series is action-packed palace intrigue at its best.”



“Fast-paced, carefully researched . . . evokes the atmosphere of Elizabethan England in all its glory and intrigue. Will more than satisfy Gortner’s fans.”

RT Book Reviews (4 stars)