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The Queen's Bastard by C.E. Murphy
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Aug 19, 09

bookshelves: fantasy
Read in August, 2009

This is not too bad. It's a fictional recreation of Renaissance Europe, with names changed -- England is Aulun, France is Gallin. Paris is Lutetia, which reminded me of Asterix comic books and kept me from taking the thing too seriously, if there were any danger of that. Also there is magic and sex (the main character sleeps with everyone). It is certainly amusing, but this fantasyizing of the setting frees the author of the necessity of historical accuracy (Parisian opera in 1587? Really?) and lends the entire affair a very lightweight feel. If you want the real deal, gird your loins and read The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett, instead.
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Liz [Spoiler:]
I read this because I saw that you were reading it. I also saw other positive comments. I would have found it more fun if the heroine were even a little likable. I just hated her. Then the weird ending with her father revealing they were a species from outer-space. Quite odd.

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