Book #Review and #Giveaway: Prophecy by S.J. Parris CLOSED

Sunday, August 07, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth’s palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult.

It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align — an astrologi­cal phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age and the dawn of another. The streets of London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth.

When several of the queen’s maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound. Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes. While Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that some­thing far more sinister is at work. But even as the climate of fear at the palace intensifies, the queen refuses to believe that the killer could be someone within her own court.

Bruno must play a dangerous game: can he allow the plot to progress far enough to give the queen the proof she needs without putting her, England, or his own life in danger?

My Review
Prophecy is a masterfully written historical thriller that gripped my attention from start to finish. S.J. Parris takes her readers to 16th century London, vividly recreating its sights, its smells, and its people. Giordano Bruno, scientist, philosopher and astrologer, arrives in London in the midst of intrigue and unrest. Bruno plays a dangerous double game, trying to solve the mysterious murders of Queen Elizabeth's young maids of honor. He must navigate a world where he is an outsider. Religious beliefs and political affiliations combine with astrological predictions and even what appears like witchcraft. It's up to Bruno to discover the true criminals and save the city from chaos and bloodshed.

This novel is S.J. Parris' second historical thriller, after the national bestseller Heresy. Prophecy was published in May by Doubleday.

The Giveaway
Thanks to Doubleday Publishing, two (2) lucky readers will win a copy of Prophecy by S.J. Parris!

To enter, please comment below with the title of a good book you've read recently.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners: #127 Patricia and #6 rubynreba.  


Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.

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