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By Royal Command (At the House of the Magician #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  395 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Lucy has become a firm fixture in the household of Dr Dee, a real-life figure who was court magician to Queen Elizabeth 1. Lucy, in return for saving the queen's life, has been told that she is to work as a spy for Her Grace and that she is to remain with the Dee family and await further instruction ...And then Lucy hears unexplained cries in the Dee house, and finds a ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by Bloomsbury
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Whispering Words...
Nov 03, 2013 Whispering Words... rated it liked it
I really enjoy Mary Hooper’s writing. She has such a subtle way of weaving historical facts into the storyline, immersing the reader so completely into the time period that I can’t help but fall in love with her books. With this story set within the household of John Dee, Elizabeth the first’s famed court magician, ‘By Royal Command’ is a sweet read full of magical deceptions, court gossip and dark intrigue.

In this second instalment of the trilogy, we see Lucy settling into her new life as nurse
Jess Schira
Apr 28, 2012 Jess Schira rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-challenge
Even though I really enjoyed Hooper’s In the House of the Magician, I had a difficult time warming up to the main character, Lucy, she just didn’t do anything with me. What I did like was the plot and the snippets of history that Hooper mixed into the story. Best of all, the story featured Tomas, the jester, I love jesters.

By Royal Command is the second book in the trilogy. This time around, I found that I really enjoyed Lucy which was good because this book had some flaws that kind of irritated
Nov 06, 2013 Sabine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
Dies ist der zweite Teil der Trilogie rund um die junge Lucy, die als Dienstmädchen bei Dr. Dee arbeitet. Daher möchte ich zum Inhalt gar nicht viel sagen.
Auch dies ist ein wieder ein wunderbar zu lesender Roman, der vor allem durch den Sprachstil und die tollen Beschreibungen lebt. Mary Hooper schafft es, einen mitzunehmen in die Zeit des 16. Jahrhunderts und die Erlebnisse der kleinen Lucy in England zu teilen. Beim Lesen spürt man den Zauber des Königshofs, lernt Gebräuche kennen, spürt die F
The story in this book was not "full of intrigue and royal plots and counter-plots" as it says on the back cover. In fact I found it a bit dull, it just didn't seem to lead anywhere. I think I would have found this book very disappointing if the author hadn't done such a fantastic job of bringing the historical setting to life. The wonderful descriptions of the frost fair on the Thames and of the party at the Royal Court meant that I really enjoyed the book despite what was, in my opinion, a ...more
Salima Korri
Sep 07, 2012 Salima Korri rated it really liked it
Even though I still enjoyed this book, I don't think it was as great as the first. I loved the snippets of Historical detail and the mystery but it did not intrigue me as much. There wasn't much of an adventurous side to Lucy either.

The romance between Lucy and Tom Fool did not develop that much except getting them a tinier bit closer which really disappointed me considering there was a perfect opportunity to do so as not much has happened since the first book except that the Queen has 'commande
Feb 16, 2016 Christeen rated it really liked it
Housemaid Lucy, now part of Walsingham's network of spies, gets caught up in some deception and intrigue in the Dee household. To be honest, not much happens in this book as it seems to be filler, or setting the scene for the events of the final book. However, it is good fun, and there's good incorporation of historical facts and events. However, speaking of these historical facts/events, there is often a section explaining the history of the characters or events in the back of the book, and I ...more
Jul 16, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it
Mary Hooper is one of those authors you can always count on for a fun and well-written read. While I prefer some of her other books, (At the Sign of the Sugared Plum or The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose), this series still holds up to her name and has been an enjoyable read. Lucy is one of those characters that's real - you don't love her too much for her to be unrealistic as you spend chapters with her shaking your head when she messes up or rooting her on when she finally succeeds. I ...more
Oct 22, 2011 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Lucy is still at John Dee's house and soon gets work 'spying', but it was not as thrilling or high-jinks as one would hope. Just includes following a certain lady in waiting for a few pages. Also the plot didn't really progress that far in terms of pretty much every aspect, the characters, romances, the houses position, Dr. Dee's magical works etc. Things happened, they resolved them but they had moved barely an inch after they were over. It is although an entertaing and informative take on ...more
Charue Adèle
Comme le Tome premier, j'ai passé une assez bonne lecture.
Le manque de réel contexte historique que je reprochait au livre précédant a, pour mon plus grand plaisir, été comblé grâce au personnage du précepteur (personnage que j'ai trouvé d'ailleurs très intéressant).
Peut-être me laisserais-je tenter par le dernier tome?
Anne Osterlund
Mar 14, 2011 Anne Osterlund rated it liked it
Lucy is now a spy, which means eavesdropping on others’ conversations, hanging around places she shouldn’t, and, occasionally, listening to the mysterious voices inside her head. So really . . . business as usual. Of course business is rather interesting when one is working for the queen’s magician.

And when one has a crush on the queen’s fool.

On to book 3.
Sarah Miles
Apr 29, 2015 Sarah Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read, I was just let down because, to me, the historical romance label is misleading. Yes, it's not historical romance like an adult novel, but romance seems to mostly consist of pining in these. Historical chick lit would fit better.
Selah Bell
Nov 19, 2011 Selah Bell rated it liked it
Well, this is only a three star because, like others have said, it was a bit pointless to write this book, because it didn't go anywhere, except maybe to make Lucy and Tomas get closer. It was a bit disappointing for me, because I was looking forward to this book. I hope the next one is better.
Apr 29, 2010 Tara rated it it was ok
This book's the follow up to The Magicans apperentice.
I found it rather pointless. Nothing came from the 'abdution' or Mistress Pryor, so really, it was a waste of a good authors time. It wasn't one of her best creations!
La république des livres
La suite des aventures de Lucy est toujours aussi passionnante. En plus de l'aventure que vis l'héroïne, une histoire d'amour nait. Ce tome critique la vie de la cour au travers de ces intrigues et des complots.
Dec 20, 2015 Belle rated it liked it
Well, this is only a three star because, like others have said, it was a bit pointless to write this book, because it didn't go anywhere, except maybe to make Lucy and Tomas get closer. It was a bit disappointing for me, because I was looking forward to this book. I hope the next one is better.

As with the first in this series, I found it a light quick read (one sitting). Again while aimed at teens I felt it served as a good introduction to some of the issues of the period.
Jul 22, 2011 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Very good, very exciting, very realistic! Well done Mary Hooper for writing another brilliant book, sequel to At the House Of the Magician.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Jun 18, 2014 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it really liked it
Lucy secretly awaits for when the Queen asks for help. All the while Lucy hears a scream. Good sequel to the book At the House of the Magician.
Jun 13, 2010 Anne rated it liked it
A good sequel and excellent light read, but got to the end of this one and realised I didn't have the third book... thank goodness for!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 15, 2015 06:55PM  
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British children's and young adult author Mary Hooper was born in 1944, in Barnes, South West London. She left school at fifteen, and went to work as a window dresser, and then as a secretary. She eventually returned to school, as an adult student, earning a degree in English from Reading University. Hooper began her writing career with short stories, publishing in women's and teen magazines. Her ...more
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At the House of the Magician (3 books)
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  • The Betrayal (At the House of the Magician, #3)

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