This Scepter'd Isle
The FarSeers among the Sidhe of Elfhame Avalon have seen two visions of the future. In one, an evil queen will take the throne and welcome the Inquisition in, debauching the nation and threatening even the elf strongholds thr ...more
Most of us are passingly familiar with Henry VII and his wives. Here the story is retold from the point of view of the next generati ...more
On the downside, BOOOOOORRRRRRRIIINNNGGG.
Overly descriptive, repetitive, poorly paced. I have read so many descriptions of settles now, many of them apparently luminous, that I wish I could voluntary expunge from my memory engrams. For every plot laid, every multi-layered magical protection plan, every action sequence, you can be sure that it will be ...more
In THIS SCEPTER’D ISLE, one of those little things is a six year old boy, an illegitimate son of King Henry, named Harry. The Sidhe FarSeers, from the Elven worlds of Seleighe and Unseleighe (bright and dark magickers respectively) have scryed two possible futures. In one, a red-haired child of Henry VIII rul ...more
I found the book to be one of those that you have a hard time putting down till it is finished!
An enthralling read from cover to cover.
God Save the Queen! (With the help of the Sidhe of Elfland . . .) Two Masters of Historical Fantasy Join Forces in a New Epic-First Time in Paperback!
The FarSeers among the Sidhe of Elfhame Avalon have seen two visions of the future. In one, an evil queen will take the throne and welcome the Inquisition in, debauching the nation and threatening even the elf strongholds throughout the land. In another, a red-haired child will grow up to take the throne and usher in a golden age of literature, m
More likely to app ...more
Denoriel is the main character and is slightly annoying, but this was not what killed the book for me. The plot is simply boring. Denoriel anticipates what his enemies will do and sets up ways to thwart them. The bad sidhe are then thwar ...more
In this novel, the first of an excellent series two authors I am very fond of come together. All the amazing historical knowledge and deft writing of Roberta Gellis bring the best out of Me ...more
"If you mourned when The Tudors went off the air, and occasionally take your fiction spiced with a little fantasy, This Scepter'd Isle is for you. It is a thoroughly enjoyable start to a series that just gets better with every book."
I felt that the prose was a little overbearing at times, however, and that put me off from a lot of it. I think that those parts were few and far between, however.
I think this first book was the best of the four.