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The Devil's Looking Glass

(Swords of Albion #3)

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The third swashbuckling, supernatural adventure featuring Elizabethan England's answer to James Bond, the dashing swordsman and spy, WIll Swyfte.

1593: The dreaded alchemist, black magician and spy Dr John Dee is missing... Terror sweeps through the court of Queen Elizabeth, for in Dee's possession is an obsidian mirror, a mysterious object of great power which legend says
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Paperback, 420 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by Bantam Press (first published April 12th 2012)
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Lynn Ideally, in light of the fact that the series is based on major historical events, it is advisable to read the novels in the correct sequence

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Paul
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
1593: The dreaded alchemist, black magician and spy Dr John Dee is missing…

Terror sweeps through the court of Queen Elizabeth, for in Dee’s possession is an obsidian mirror, a mysterious object of great power which legend says could set the world afire.

The call goes out to celebrated swordsman, adventurer and rake Will Swyfte: find Dee and his feared looking-glass and return them to London before disaster strikes. But when Will discovers the mirror may help him solve the mystery that has haunted
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David
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Not one of Chadbourns's best, but he is still fantastic with myth and faerie lore.
marcin
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as good as previous books, and the ending feels quite rushed.
Ruth
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
C2012. FWFTB: 1593, mirror, ocean, fortress, Unseelie. Keeping up the exploits of Will Swyfte, this is the next in the Swords of Albion adventure. I felt this this was much better than the previous book in that there was a little more understandable action and some of the holes in the backstory filled in. “England lurches from crisis to crisis, as always, but we stand and we abide. This will pass.”Mr Chadbourn has a really interesting website and provides quite a bit of the background regarding ...more
David Marshall
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
As an adventure story this is quite good so long as you don't think about it too hard. It works well as an alternate history with a supernatural element but fails to describe or explain the magic properly.

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LemontreeLime
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I read this to finish the series. Although I enjoyed Doctor Dee turning into a badass, I was vaguely disappointed with the rest of the book. Felt a bit hackneyed like a 70s superfriends comic book plot.
Jo
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Swyfte and his fellow spies head off to rescue Dr Dee from the duplicitous Red Meg. More scuffles with the Fay and some resolutions to the problems plaguing our intrepid hero. Fun and entertaining.
Jack Beauchamp-stansfield
Disappointing after how much I enjoyed the previous two.
Tom
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it borrows heavily from "the Tempest," but still a decent read
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A two-time winner of the prestigious British Fantasy Award, Mark has published his epic, imaginative novels in many countries around the world. He grew up in the mining community of the English Midlands, and was the first person in his family to go to university. After studying Economic History at Leeds, he became a successful journalist, writing for several of the UK's renowned national ...more

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