Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: Her Last Assassin by Victoria Lamb

Title: Her Last Assassin
Author: Victoria Lamb
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Bantam
Publish Date: February 27, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the PR; however, this did not affect my review.

What's the Story?:

From "Lady-in-waiting Lucy Morgan is once again torn between her dangerous attraction to William Shakespeare and her loyalty to Queen Elizabeth I.

England 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 dead.

Meanwhile Queen Elizabeth is growing old in a court of troublesome young noblemen, while Lucy is struggling to love a man whose duties lie elsewhere.

When 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."

My Two Cents:

"Her Last Assassin" is a historical fiction novel that takes place during the time of Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare. It is the third book in the Lucy Morgan series but this book can most definitely be read on its own as a standalone novel. I thought that Lamb did a really good job of giving those that are new to the series a little bit of detail so that we could gain some insight into where the characters have been and who they are.

In this book, Lucy Morgan walks many lines. She is a lady-in-waiting to the very powerful Queen Elizabeth. She is also in love with the famous playwright, William Shakespeare but his heart may belong to another (or two). Lucy has to make a lot of decisions in this book in order to "stay afloat" in the world that she is living in. I really enjoyed reading about her and liked how the author was able to weave non-fiction and fiction together. I did want to understand a little bit more about what she does in this book.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. There were a couple lulls in the book but overall, it had pretty good pacing. I would definitely like to read the first two books in this series!



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