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Prophecy (Giordano Bruno #2)

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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
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Hardcover, 375 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Doubleday (first published 2011)
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Mary (BookHounds)
Jul 24, 2011 Mary (BookHounds) rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully written, historical fiction thriller that takes place during the rule of Queen Elizabeth and in her court. If you are a fan of this era and know a bit about the whispers of occult and astrology that occurred during her reign, you are really going to enjoy this story of conspiracy and mystery. This is probably one of my favorite time periods to read about since it truly was an age of discovery and that these ideas were often described as heresy and treason. Yet, in the world ...more
Jake
Jun 19, 2011 Jake rated it really liked it
Now that I've read this book I can say that I should have read Heresy first, so, if you are looking into reading this, don't listen to those people who say you can read this one first and be all right. Bruno alludes to things that have happened in the first book and, while there are no spoilers that I can see, there is always that fear that those will appear.

That being said, this is a fantastic read. I loved the history, the intrigue, the suspense, and the writing. Elizabethan London comes alive
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Bookish
Apr 30, 2011 Bookish rated it really liked it
Prophecy tells of a shadowy and dangerous web of plots and subplots in Elizabethan England.

I skipped to the second in a series of historical thrillers set in the Renaissance featuring Giordano Bruno, an Italian monk excommunicated for heresy. You do not need to have read the first, Heresy, to enjoy Prophecy by S.J. Parris.
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By the time Prophecy starts, Bruno has already been excommunicated and is now in Elizabethan England working as a spy in the midst of the secret enclaves of Papists. Rumors o
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Susana
(review in english below)

Se disser que chegaram a sair-me da boca alguns palavrões quando era obrigada a interromper a leitura, é fácil perceber porque dei 4 estrelas a este livro!...

Tão bom ou melhor que o primeiro da série (Heresia), Profecia apresenta-nos um Giordano Bruno muito humano, cheio de dúvidas (sobre si mesmo e os que o rodeiam) e que se vê envolvido em situações que tanto nos fazem sorrir (nem sempre com a boca...) como temer por ele.

A narrativa na 1ª pessoa e no presente ajuda a a
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Catelyn May
Jan 19, 2012 Catelyn May rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This is the second book in S. J. Parris' Giordano Bruno series. If you're a history buff, you know how this ends (hint: there will be flames) and that actually makes me quite sad while reading about Bruno and his way ahead of his time (i.e., heretical) ideas about the universe. As somewhat of an expert on Elizabethan history the appearance of Sir Philip Sidney as Bruno's friend also fills me with a hint of sadness. Obviously, while writing about historical figures you know that eventually they ...more
Stephanie
Apr 29, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
PROPHECY by S.J. Parris
Well Written and Impeccably Researched


Prophecy

by S.J. Parris
Book Two in Series, first book: Heresy
Format: Hardcover
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (May 3, 2011)
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 5 KB
Print Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (May 3, 2011)
Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
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S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth’s palace and steeped in period atmosph
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thewanderingjew
May 08, 2011 thewanderingjew rated it really liked it
This is an historical novel, taking place in the 1500’s, during the time of the rivalry between Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England, for their rightful place on the throne. To protect her family’s right to rule England, and prevent Mary, from ascending to the throne next, Elizabeth I, the Queen of England, has imprisoned Mary for years.

A plot has been uncovered that hopes to restore Mary, (daughter of King James V, whose son ascends to the throne after Elizabeth I
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Andreea Daia
Jun 28, 2011 Andreea Daia rated it really liked it
******Full Disclosure**** This was an ARC copy, that was received through the GoodReads Advance program. I am grateful for the chance to have read this novel, which I might not have purchased otherwise.
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I'm writing this as I still have about 30 pages to go, and, if my opinion changes, I'll update my review once I finish the novel.

First and foremost, this is not a bad thriller - it has suspense, mystery, tension, and the possible suspect keeps changing over and over (even if in the first ha
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Iset
In some ways, Prophecy reminded me of the traditional “lad lit” genre: a male maverick secret agent, a competent fighter, attractive to women, off on some daring adventure of derring-do. Like any classic hero of “lad lit”, Giordano Bruno has a whiff of Mary Sue about him: associated with the big names of the time and naturally indispensable to the security of the realm. What’s delightful about Prophecy is that it knows what it is full well, and Stephanie Merritt (real name of author S. J. Parris ...more
J.M. Cornwell
Jul 10, 2011 J.M. Cornwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conspiracies and political plots wrapped about with magic and heresy in a heady combination.

Dr. John Dee, astrologer and philosopher to Queen Elizabeth I, and Dr. Giordano Bruno, King Henri of France’s protégé, are absorbed by the coming Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the beginning of a new quadrant of the sky, the beginning of a new age that happens only once a millennium. Neither knows that murder, conspiracies involving Queen Elizabeth and Mary Stewart, once queen of Scotland, wil
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Linda
Dec 20, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
1583 is the year of the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, prophesied to be the moment of Queen Elizabeth's downfall. Now in London following his perilous adventure in Oxford (Heresy), Giordano Bruno is residing in the household of the French ambassador, planted there by Walsingham to learn information about attempts to restore Mary Stuart to the throne, and Catholicism to England, via intervention from the Duke de Guise of France. There is much apocalyptic angst among the populace, stirred ...more
Nuno Magalhães
Mar 01, 2015 Nuno Magalhães rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fãs de Thrillers Históricos
Gosto bastante do estilo da escrita de S. J. Parris, uma escrita límpida e escorreita que torna a leitura num ato de prazer. Contudo, neste segundo livro sobre as aventuras "detetivescas" de Giordano Bruno na Inglaterra do reinado da Rainha Isabel Tudor, a trama em si continua a não ser muito cativante.

É certo que se consegue apreciar o clima que se vivia nas cortes da Europa daquela época, divididas entre os monarcas que apoiavam os movimentos protestantes versus os que apoiavam os católicos,
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Raymond Walker
Mar 17, 2016 Raymond Walker rated it really liked it
I picked this book up on a whim as I often do. The cover notes sounded interesting and it seemed to have quite a few good write up's. I did not expect much from it as most historical whodunit's are very similar though I usually quite enjoy them. This was the first by S J Parris that I have read and I must say that it is not just the same old thing. Firstly it is better thought out and plotted than most that I have read and secondly it is far better written. The language is not always fanciful ...more
Judy
Oct 16, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series set in Elizabethan England. I read the print version of the first and wasn't sure an audio version would be as good or easy to understand. Parris writes a complex story involving many characters. However, I enjoyed this outing of Giordano Bruno, a former monk who escaped the inquisition in his native Italy. Bruno has influential friends in high places, and he serves as spy for the Queen, who fears for her life. This is an interesting story about the period seen ...more
Lisa
Apr 16, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Thank you Good Reads for providing me with the ARC of Prophecy. I read Heresy - the first book of the series - and enjoyed it very much. I was hoping Prophecy lived up to the expectations and it did.

Ms. Parris does an excellent job at holding her readers' interest with a charismatic, quick-thinking lead character (Giordano Bruno) and a brisk, intriguing plot. This time around, Queen Elizabeth calls on Bruno and her personal astrologer John Dee to solve the murders of several of her maids of hon
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Gary Bonn
Mar 05, 2016 Gary Bonn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading so may books of an average-good quality, this came as a glorious surprise. Somehow I've missed the first in the series but as this one is a stand-alone (complete) book I can be confident the first is too.
Here goes...

Characters: Good and well described. As Giordano Bruno is a hero of mine for other reasons it was lovely to see him in action :)

Story: Clever - very clever. Pretty complicated with poor Giordano flummoxed most of the time.

Atmosphere/setting: Superb. I was immersed in El
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Catherine Berry
Oct 09, 2013 Catherine Berry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic book. I'm a big fan of C J Sansom's "Shardlake" murder mystery series set in the Tudor period so this was the next step for me. Parris' attention to detail is remarkable and really brings the Elizabeth period to life. Not only can she describe normal, everday life of the common people, but Parris is an expert when it comes to Elizabeth and her court. The Queen, Giordano Bruno (the hero), Walsingham and Sir Philip Sidney, all come to life and are exactly how I imagined them ...more
Sílvia
Feb 11, 2016 Sílvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus
Um livro empolgante, com um enredo bastante elaborado e que nos prende do princípio ao fim. Penso que tem um ritmo bastante bom, sem descrições demasiado alongadas e com um bom entrosamento entre os dados históricos e os dados ficcionais. Isto faz com que a leitura seja fácil e fluída. O difícil, muitas vezes, é conseguir parar!
Este livro é posterior ao "Heresia" e nele há frequentes referências ao seu antecessor. Porém, não é necessário ler o "Heresia" para compreender e gostar do "Profecia".
Karen Klein
Aug 28, 2011 Karen Klein rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Took awhile for me to get through it, but it was actually pretty good. Now have to go back and read the first one, Heresy to find out how Giordano Bruno became the "renegade monk." :) Reminds me of Ariana Franklin's series.......
Johanne
Mar 17, 2016 Johanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh its always good to stumble upon a Bruno i haven't read. It moves along nicely, its well written and the historical detail is good. Plot is contrived (really I should have spotted the perp from the outset!) though nicely contexted in real issues in Elizabethan England. Recommended
MBP
Spies, counter-spies, murder, arcane books, the occult, Queen Elizabeth, court politics, religious dissent, secret plots, Sir Francis Walsingham, and an excommunicated monk/scholar who is far from home. What's not to love?
Donna
This was a Goodreads Giveaway book.

Terrific setting in 16th century London and the court of Elizabeth I. Complex plot with political intrigue, religious fanaticism and superstition, and personal ambitions stretching across Europe. I look forward to more adventures with Giordano Bruno.
Kaye Gambles
Jul 19, 2015 Kaye Gambles rated it liked it
Not as good as Heresy, and although it takes its time, it does eventually get going. No laugh out loud moments either, which is a shame. Enjoyable read though.
Frank Ryan
Aug 31, 2016 Frank Ryan rated it really liked it
A great read for those who enjoy historical thrillers/mysteries. I shall certainly carry on reading S.J. Parris's series.
Kim
Apr 11, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
I am now a fan of Brundo Giordano. I am not sure how I missed "Heresy," but loved this once so much I plan to read it next.

Definitely a great read for fans of historical fiction!
Elizabeth Russell
loved it
Debbie
Oct 15, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
I think I picked this book up at a bookfair somewhere. It turns out that it's the second book in a series and I enjoyed it so will have to go back and read the first.

Giordano Bruno is a heretical Italian ex-Priest who fled Rome to escape the Inquisition. Now living in England, Bruno secretly works for Francis Walshingham, the spymaster of Elizabeth I. Based inside the French embassy, Bruno passes himself off as a Catholic symapthiser, all the while reporting back to Walshingham about the Catholi
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Katka Chudá
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Tom
Nov 05, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it
Deep in detail, history and pageantry (and thus, perhaps, a bit slow...) Paris' second mystery surrounding the exiled Dominican, now natural philosopher is a solid, complex tale. Be patient and enjoy your visit to Elizabeth's England.
Ali
Sep 09, 2012 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book not an Audia CD - can't find book on Goodreads - can't be bothered to do it manually : )

Prophecy is the second novel in the historical mystery series featuring Giordano Bruno. Bruno a scholar and former monk, having fled the inquisition in Italy is now in the pay of Elizabeth’s spymaster Francis Walsingham. Bruno is living at the French embassy – from where he passes information back to Walsingham.
1583 is a time of dark plots and superstitions. A rare astrological event has spark
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S.J. Parris began reviewing books for national newspapers while she was reading English literature at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduating, she went on to become Deputy Literary Editor of The Observer in 1999. She continues to work as a feature writer and critic for the Guardian and the Observer and from 2007-2008 she curated and produced the Talks and Debates program on issues in ...more
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