The Queen's Witch
It's a companion novel to The Gauntlet.
At the beginning of the story, Gillian is almost nailed by the Silver Circle again, but Marlowe helps her again, and this time he doesn’t let her go until she agrees to substitute the missing witch in a meeting.
In the meeting, they detect how and when the Black Circle plans to end the Queen. All they have to do is to prevent them from doing it. Of cour ...more
"Being a witch in her majesty's most Protestant England had once been considerably easier than life on the Continent, where the Inquisition had been joined in its efforts to wipe out magic users by a group of dark mages known as the Black Circle."Those who escaped created the Silver Circle in England and now they are the ones who are persecuting those who resist their new order or who are too independent.
This story takes place a few days after The Gauntlet where Kit Marlowe helped Gillian es ...more
I'd recommend reading both short stories in order though because this one would contain spoilers for The Gauntlet. They are both fast paced and fun reads though and fill in a bit of background information about the Silve ...more
The Queen's Witch picks up just days after the events in The Gauntlet and sees Gillian the witch—this time written in first person from her POV—up to mischief once again. With a plot against the Queen under way involving precious jewellery and magic, who better to assist Kit—willingly or not—than a former jewel thief slash coven witch?
Again, this was a fun read, but it could be skipped as it doesn't really progress anything with regards to either the Cassandra Palmer series ...more
I love Kit and Gillian is still just as feisty. It was over a little too quickly, but I did enjoy that bath scene with Kit and Gillian.
I loved Kit's speech too about why he was willing to do what he was doing for the Queen.
Not too bad of a story. Interesting how Gilliam became a member of the Queen's Court. The monkey was very weird and annoying. Nice to see Gilliam and Kit interacting again. Wonder if they become lovers. What happened to Elinor?!
Gillian was fierce and sassy, and Kit was strong and galant.
For such a short book, it had a great pace, nice storyline and surprisingly (okay not surprisingly because it’s Karen Chance we are talking about here, and she is da bomb! ) well developed characters.
Will I recommend: Yes, but read series first, not the little prequels or y ...more
It's a companion novel to The Gauntlet.
It is very short. I did enjoy the story and would like to read more.
Having said that, I’m not actually sure where this miniseries fit into the storyline, but it feels like there is a lot of context here that is going to ...more
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
The Queen's Witch was the second free prequel short story in the Cassandra Palmer series. It once again focuses on the witch Gillian and the vampire Kit. This story begins only two weeks after the ending of The Gauntlet, and opens with Gillian trying to sell the ring she stole from Kit before she left him last time.
I enjoyed the little romance between the two protagonists and the new adventure they have together in trying to protect Elizabeth I from a dark m ...more
I do enjoy an historical tale. And I'm thrilled to find out what happened to Gillian after her prison break in "The Gauntlet"! It is a short story, so it is more of an introduction to her new life. Still, it does gather up the flavor of the time and the historical animosity between the English and the Spanish.
Gillian certainly is a flexibl ...more
The story revolves around a historic pearl called ‘the Peregrina’: an unusual pear-shaped pearl. There’s also a lot about jewelry in general: fake gems, etc.
Gillian is trying to get the papers she needs she get her and her daughter out of England. But is almost caught until Kit rescues her: again. She ends up helping him spy on Angus Trevel ...more
The Druid Mages had already turned the Queen from the Witches' coven but this one witch has to prove herself worthy. The aim: to save the queen and in the end became the queen's main witch.
This was a short story, and for me, this wasn't enough to introduce me to characters and tell a story. By the ti ...more
The story was basically about a group of Mage's taken over England and stealing precious jewls and trying to poison the Queen Elizabeth, I so they could take over. The Druid Mages had already turned the Queen from the Witches coven but this one witch proved herself worthy and saved the queen in the end and bec ...more
(I am still deeply curious about the early history of the Circle. And about how much of their push for a unified magical community was them being assholes compared to how much was... *waves hand vaguely at spoilers from Embrace the Night*. I am just... so curi ...more
Another Kit Marlowe short story. Kit has found Gillian again and this time has convinced her to help him discover the threat to Her Majesty before he gives her what she needs for her and her daughter to leave England altogether.
Definitely needs to be read after The Gauntlet as it is a continuation of that story. Again, a fun little romp in Kit's past but has very little to do with the Cassie story line especially since Kit is such a minor character in it.
Despite having a little more action than that, this story feels that way. Not much happens. The problem is actually very minor and the resolution pretty straightforward, but still, it's nice to have these pick-me-ups until the next full-length book.
A good short story, it's nice to see Marlowe in England where he originated. Gillian also worked well as a bold heroine; I liked the focus on witches and thought Marlowe and Gillian worked well together.
I wasn't totally clear on who the information about Marlowe's creator and about how much the Queen knew about magic. Still, it was a good free story!