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Publisher's Summary

The follow-up to the best-selling Heresy sees the return of Giordano Bruno, religious exile and renegade monk…

Autumn, 1583. As an astrological phenomenon heralds the dawn of a new age and Mary Stuart’s supporters scheme to usurp Elizabeth, a young maid is murdered, occult symbols carved into her flesh. Giordano Bruno is called on to use his cunning to infiltrate the plotters and find evidence against them. In fear for his life, Bruno discovers that the young woman’s murder could point to an even more sinister truth…

©2011 Stephanie Merritt (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Parris writes with confident ease of Tudor London… The dialogue balances nicely on a tightrope of period phrases and cut-to-the-chase colloquialisms. More, please." ( Times)
"Impossible to resist … Parris creates a convincing sense of the past, woven with so much intrigue that the head fairly spins" ( Daily Telegraph)

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  • Ron
  • 11-19-15

Getting better as a series

After a slow start in the first book, this story is a lot better and the characters seem to be hitting their stride, I was doubtful whether to continue, but glad I did, if you weren't overly impressed with book one, this is better

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  • Caz in Maspalomas
  • 11-18-14

great book well read

If you could sum up Prophecy in three words, what would they be?

Top ten book

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bruno

What does Laurence Kennedy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is very good and his accents for the different speakers was very good

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh at how things developed. It was a good laugh

Any additional comments?

Yes, thoroughly enjoyable. I can't recommend it and the series enough

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  • Annie
  • 07-18-18

Prophecy - Tudor Experience!

This is the second Elizabethan mystery for Giordano Bruno, monk, philosopher, heretic. It is set in the latter part of 1583.

Astrological pronouncements, plots & murder, are the main source of inspiration for Bruno to get involved with intrigue, murder & plots to kill Queen Elizabeth.

Francis Walsingham uses Bruno to get to the truth & as a result, his own life is in jeopardy.

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  • K
  • 04-07-18

Bond, Elizabethan style.

There is a little too much Bond in this book for it to be great historical novel. Bruno dashes about far too much and gets the occasional pasting by the increasingly stereotyped villains - the dastardly Catholics. In fact, if the Duke of Norfolk had been stroking a cat rather than a crucifix he would have been Blofeld by any other name.

Despite the fact that the writer has gone down the path of the standard tropes of detective and spy fiction and bypassed the elements of historical interest that were more of a feature of her first instalment of this series, I still found it an engaging read. I enjoyed following the scrapes that the unlikely hero, Giordano Bruno, gets into, and his life as a double agent adds spice. The pace of the plot is also well maintained as are the romantic diversions and other shenanigans that Bruni is swept into along the way.

This is not a challenging read by any means and, as an historical novel, neither is it instructive. The presentation of Francis Walsingham and Lord Burghley as rather benign grandfatherly types is, frankly, ridiculous. However, if you can overlook the overtly Anglicanised version of the aftermath of the Reformation and are after an enjoyable piece of light entertainment then you will find this book quite good fun.

The skill of the narrator, I feel, is a particular highlight. He maintains Bruno’s Italian accent throughout despite having to change from that to two different Scottish accents, several cut-glass English voices, French, Spanish ….a masterful performance and certainly gave an average story a touch of class.

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  • Graham
  • 02-26-18

Getting better and better!

I'm really getting into the series, poor guy he really gets knocked about. I'd you liked the Matthew Shardlake series of Novels by CJ Samson. then you could do worse than give this series a try.

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  • P1977
  • 01-14-18

Dull and predictable.

If you enjoy theC. J. Samson Shardlake series, you will probably be quite disappointed by this. I found it rather a chore to get through.

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  • Mr G Marsh
  • 06-27-17

Superb story brilliant performance

The story as always is wonderfully crafted however it is the reader that brings it life and Lawrence does just that with his marvellous array of accents dialects and intonation. I am very sad to find that the next book is not being read by him what a great pity.

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  • Andrew D
  • 02-26-17

No CJ Swanson

Ridiculous bumbling characters the worst of whom is the hero who has utterly improbable relationships wherever he goes. Everyone speaks through clenched teeth. Melodrama at its worst

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  • Viv
  • 11-09-16

A pleasant read

This was a pleasant, if uninspiring, listen. The characters are reasonable well developed and the historical context is excellent. As a 'whodunnit' it is a bit contrived and the main character more naive than his earlier lifestyle implies. Nonetheless it is easy listening and sufficiently engaging to warrant ordering the next installment.

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  • Angela Dent
  • 09-22-16

Totally gripping

The narrator really brings this book and its characters to life. So entertaining to listen to, I found it hard to put it down. This is the second book in the series and there is now a depth to the main characters and a brilliant story line with twists and turns. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries set in an historical background.