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1. A stunningly original novel from a new author set in one of the pivotal and most interesting periods of western history that combines science fiction, espionage and magic in a new mix. Buffy has a new rival from Olde Englande.

2. This science fantasy novel is set within an accurately described Elizabethan England - with a young girl who fights the forces of evil for the
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Paperback, 576 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Baen (first published 2007)
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster, has asked Dr. John Dee to summon a demon so he can ask it questions about who is threatening the queen. Just as the demon arrives, though, something goes wrong and the demon jumps into the body of Lady Lucy Dennys, Walsingham’s pretty ward. The demon, who calls herself Lilith, endows Lucy with superpowers, so when England is threatened by malevolent forces, Lucy starts kicking ass in her petticoats.

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Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster, has asked Dr. John Dee to summon a demon so he can ask it questions about who is threatening the queen. Just as the demon arrives, though, something goes wrong and the demon jumps into the body of Lady Lucy Dennys, Walsingham’s pretty ward. The demon, who calls herself Lilith, endows Lucy with superpowers, so when England is threatened by malevolent forces, Lucy starts kicking ass in her petticoats.

I like the premise and plot of John Lambshead
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Chris
Jan 27, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Clearly intended as a lighthearted book, and apparently a first novel, so I can cut slack for the spotty editing and lapses in dialogue.

If you can accept 4 premises:

1) Roger Zelazny's Shadow Worlds (Amber) are real.
2) Our descendants will be computer/gravity beings.
3) Magic works (in some shadow universe, at least).
4) Gravity beings, magic, and humans are all intercompatible.

you can enjoy this book. I liked the ambitious scope, even while I was having trouble swallowing the 4 fantastic premises.
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Mike
This is badly in need of a good editor - which was a service that major publishing houses used to provide, once upon a time.

The author doesn't know how to punctuate his dialog so that it sounds natural. He uses the word "aesthetic" when he clearly means "ascetic". Despite the fact that he's obviously (painfully obviously) done a lot of research into Elizabethan England - he makes us drink from the hose for most of the first quarter of the book - it's full of anachronisms. And the contemporary fr
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Emma Jane
This book caught my interest enough to want to say something about it. I’m always fascinated by Walsingham and Dee, and (in my opinion, anyway) to mix those two figures with a free-floating futuristic intelligence (aka demon) and Elizabethan privateers takes a special kind of authorial swagger. This is a very ambitious premise.

It’s also a bit of a different style of book. It’s the kind of narrative that wanders from one point of view to another, feels free to introduce historical sidebars, and t
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Shomeret
Mar 09, 2009 Shomeret rated it really liked it
The characters and portrayal of the Elizabethan period milieu were really well done. I particularly liked the protagonist Lucy, the niece of Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth's spymaster. She had a very interesting relationship with a rather unusual "demon". Given her background, Lucy could only perceive this being as a demon. As science fiction author Arthur Clarke said "Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic." I realized that demons don't have to be used in the sa ...more
Moll James
Mar 06, 2016 Moll James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really liked this book. It's fantasy with science fiction behind it, sprinkled with humor. The main characters, Lucy and Lilith, are very likable, and even the supporting characters are appealing and rich. Lambshead takes several ideas from science fiction and fantasy, and mixes them in a plot with originality and suspense.

One minor peeve I had was periodic jumps between viewpoints and times, but on the whole most of the plot takes place in Elizabethan England, with plenty of intrigue,
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Ian
Sep 10, 2015 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I find this Title Totally enthralling and Is There going to be another book to continue the story of Lilith & Alice
Meril
Jun 27, 2007 Meril rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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only finished for mocking purposes. perhaps his next novel will make sense, but I doubt it. ending made no sense in context with the rest of the novel, which is even worse.
Kusanar
Jan 03, 2011 Kusanar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Educated Brunel University of Technology, West London, retired career research scientist British Museum (Natural History), London.
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