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The Eyes of the Queen

(Agents of the Crown #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  28 reviews
In this first novel of the exhilarating Agents of the Crown series, a man who will become the original MI6 agent protects England and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I from Spain’s nefarious plan to crush the Age of the Enlightenment.

After centuries locked in an endless cycle of poverty, persecution, and barbarity, Europe has finally emerged into the Age of Enlightenment. Scie
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: October 27th 2020 by Atria/Leopoldo Co. (first published October 6th 2020)
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Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A Doctor becomes a Spy for Elizabeth I, helping to create the British secret service. It was histrionic, and dull at the same time. It felt like the reader was going for a sort of combination of Gothic and Captain Blood, but didn't quite make it.
Sally Lindsay-briggs
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting and informative historical Goodreads gift. This expanded and greatly illuminated my knowledge of Queen Elizabeth’s circle of friends and advisors. It was very violent but it was set in the 1500’s when times were rough and murderous. The language and some of Queen Mary’s antics were a bit R rated. I really liked the characters, especially the humanity of Queen Elizabeth and the talent and personality/bravery of Dee.
Stephanie Rivera
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So this is historical/mystery set during the reign of Elizabeth I which is one of my favorite historical time periods to read about. So this has everything mystery, political intrigue, treachery and with a cast of characters pulled straight out of history. Walsingham is great as the chief spymaster for Elizabeth I who loses a key piece of encrypted intel about how to find the northwest passage so they recruit John Dee to go and recover it. This takes place over the course of 2 months in 1572 whi ...more
Erin Hatt
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This book is pretty well written. But I seemed to struggle getting through it. I feel like a little bit more clarity in the writing could help with the continuity and flow of the story. I would definitely read other books by the author in the future!

I received this book in a giveaway, but this in no way influences my review.
Joan Mitchell
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-have-won
An exciting story of political intrigue between Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I. Dangerous situations, espionage and traitors made the story come to life.
Sep 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Unreadable drivel and I set it aside when The first F bomb appeared in Chapter One. Seriously MUCH better books written in this time period without resorting to F bombs.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
1572 - What a dangerous time to be alive! Clements’s first novel in the Spymasters Series, set in Tudor England, is a historical novel about beginnings of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and the original MI6 agent, John Dee. The novel opens with an overly descriptive telling of the St. Bartholemew’s Day Massacre, an extremely bloody and violent attack started by the Catholics against the Protestants in France. If readers can make it through this, they are introduced to Queen Elizabeth I’s chief spy ...more
Disclaimer: I received an advance reader's copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Am I the only one who didn't know that John Dee, yup that John Dee, was the original 007?! There you have it ladies and gents, reading teaches you new things!

Anyhoots, onto my real review. I greatly enjoyed this, it was really well-paced, a quick read, and I didn't feel bogged down by a huge cast of historical figures I had to keep track of. If you like your historical novels with a little bit
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This novel was really well done in it's descriptions of Elizabethan England and Europe. I found it very interesting in the way that the beginnings of the M16 were explored, and the mysterious John Dee. I didn't know about him before this book but upon doing some research on the side, the book isn't exactly 100% true to history, but it does make for a rollicking good story. There is a lot of mystery, alternate POVs and timelines, and red
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for the opportunity to read this book. I love historical novels but this one fell a bit short. The basis of the story was great but there were too many side stories that weren’t needed and parts that should have been expanded on were left cut short without answers. I was not expecting the Queen Mary sexual exploits and I thought that could have been handled differently as it didn’t add to the story or help explain anything. I was indifferent t ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This... this is a challenging one to review, I think in part because it was very clearly written by a man, and when 2 of the key characters are incredibly strong women (Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots), yet are written so 'softly' it detracts from the overall story.

I liked the premise, that this was when Her Majesty's Secret Service was first conceived, that a network of spies was looking to both kill and protect the Queens. It was a good story, with intrigue and action.

John Dee was
Diana Brown
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for the advanced copy of The eyes of the Queen by Oliver Clements. This is a first book in the Agents of the Crown series and I was intrigued by the description " the original MI6 agent protects England and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I from Spain’s nefarious plan to crush the Age of the Enlightenment.". One of my favourite movies in Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, and I was interested to see whether this book would make just as much as impression ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The Eyes of the Queen" by Oliver Clements gives the reader a historical peek of 1572 that included religious wars between Spain, England, and France, and the Saint Bartholomew Massacre. The twisted plots between queens: Elizabeth of England and Mary Queen of Scots reveals how dangerous this time period turned out to be.
Dr. John Dee is a loyalist to Queen Elizabeth and the hope of his queen for the safety of England and her. His mission is to retrieve papers that will solve a difficult situatio
Alexis (hookedtobooks)
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Teen Canada for the copy of this book.
Inspired by a historical figure that will become on of the first MI6 agents, this book was full of action and intrigue. It takes place during the Elizabethan period in England, which is one of my favourite time periods in history. There is a lot going on in the book, including the Huguenot massacre in France, the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots, and the search for the Northwest Passage. I loved all the action and adventur
1572 Spy master Walsingham is in Paris, while the massacre of St. Bartholomew is occurring. But he must retrieve an important document. Later, events result in sending Dr John Dee into France. Meanwhile Walsingham believes he must deal with the threat from Mary, Queen of the Scots.
An entertaining well-written historical thriller with some interesting characters.
A good start to a new series even though the story was written in the present tense, not something I particularly like.
An ARC was provid
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Historical spy thrillers are always entertaining, this one is no different. As all good spy tales, war and politics are the center of it, but with the time frame, religion must also be added. . But it's so much more interesting when you through in royalty, since they can be so unpredictable. The most intriguing part though from me was reading about the start of one of the most famous spy agency being formed. An very interesting read, that had thrills, suspense, and some humour, just a great read ...more
Alexandria Gunn
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an advance copy of the book thanks to Netgally for an honest review.

There were some good moments in the book. This is one where there's been a lot of research to develop many of the characters. Sadly, it fell short when it came to pacing, especially in the first 80% of the novel. The female characters also weren't as well developed as they could have been.

My full review is available here:
Kathy Duffy
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Set in the Elizabethan court and Walsinghams network of spies with all the fears and concerns about Queen Mary and attempts on Queen Elizabeth's life. Clements breaths life in Elizabeth, John Dee, and a fair number of support characters but Walsingham comes off really two dimensional. One cheers for John Dee, for Isabel Cochet, for many of characters caught in the web, but it is hard to cheer for Walsingham.
Gail Williamson
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I found this book difficult to read in spite of my interest in this historical period. The pacing was well done in some scenes, leaving the reader anticipating the next move but horrible slow in other sections.
It was loaded with info about the Queen(s), the religious turmoil, and the politics of the era but still fell to capture my interest and enjoyment.
Diana  Puckett
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Stunning historical fiction with elements of mystery and suspense. Set in 16th century England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth; this novel is brimming with twists and intrigue. Fans of Ken Follett will enjoy this historical retelling. Well written and captures the complex dynamics of this game of thrones. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to review this ARC.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Good start to the series not the best but not the worst. The writing is actually quite good but the story didn't exactly capture my attention as much as I thought it would. thank you to that galley into the publisher for allowing me to have an advanced copy to review. Looking forward to more in these series
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I started the book and was a few pages into it I thought I was not going to like the book because of the time period and religion wars neither I am fond of reading about. But it wasn’t long before I found myself engrossed with the characters and wanting to know how this all played out.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
No no no. I’m not reading what some guy has to say about women’s kinks for no particular reason.
Susan Engel
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
i was liking it until i got past the half way point then got bored and stopped reading. had a good idea just couldn't get into it
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-reads
It was a good read.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
Thanks to Harper Collins Publishers INC for sending me this good reads giveaway. Enjoyed all the interesting history of Queen Elizabeth's time. An added plus is, maybe, the start of future James Bonds. Looking forward to reading more of Dr. Dee
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was initially intrigued by this book because of the gorgeous cover. I'm really interested in Tudor times and the religious wars between Catholics and Protestants. Walsingham is a great protagonist, as he is chief spymaster of Queen Elizabeth I. The descriptions of the Catholics punishing the Huguenots is explicit and scary. I'm drawn to stories of political intrigue and this book delivers it. It is extremely well-written, with deep characters and a well driven plot. I'm thrilled that is is a f ...more
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