The Betrayal

The Betrayal

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In this final volume, Lucy is asked to continue her work on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. And her romance with Tomas, the queen's fool, seems to be flourishing - or it is until Mistress Juliette, the new lady-in-waiting, arrives and Tomas pays her far too much attention for Lucy's liking. But then Lucy realises that Juliette is telling lies and is not what she appears to be. Lucy fears for the safety of the queen as there are always supporters of Mary, Queen of Scots who are willing to risk all. How will Lucy convince Tomas of her fears when he just teases her and tells her that she is simply jealous? Desperate times call for desperate measures A thrilling and romantic historical novel that will give all teenage readers an accurate sense of the Elizabethan period.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 22mm | 199.58g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Original
  • 0747599106
  • 9780747599104
  • 419,208

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Praise for At the House of the Magician: 'A gripping historical romp through the mysteries and intrigues of the Elizabethan court' Publishing News 'An enchanting historical novel, with elements of fantasy, romance and intrigue - At the House of the Magician cleverly sets itself up for a sequel, leaving the reader hanging on several counts, and sowing the seeds of plenty of adventure to come' Carousel 'This is a fascinating insight into Tudor life, which transports readers into an intriguing world of magic and the sinister goings-on in the royal court' Big Issue 'Superbly written with convincing dialogue and narrative, At the House of the Magician is full of fascinating insights into Tudor life. It will effectively contextualize any study of this period' School Librarian
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About Mary Hooper

Mary Hooper is a very popular writer for children and young adults. Mary's brilliant historical novels, At the House of the Magician, By Royal Command, At the Sign of the Sugared Plum, Petals in the Ashes and The Extraordinary Life and Times of Eliza Rose have a huge fan base, as do her contemporary novels for teenagers. Mary is very much in demand for her events at literary festivals and schools. She lives in Henley-on-Thames.
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Rating details

303 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 27% (82)
4 42% (128)
3 24% (74)
2 5% (16)
1 1% (3)

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Normally I am not one to read a historical book. I find some of them to be too filled with flowery language that makes it difficult to enjoy the storyline. The Betrayal is different, I really enjoyed it! First of all, you don't need to have read the first two books in the series (At The House of The Magician and By Royal Command) to be able to enjoy The Betrayal. I haven't read them, and I don't think that this diminished my reading pleasure at all. The characters in this book felt very real to me. Lucy, the protagonist, is extremely loyal, to her mother, her boss, her friends and most of all to her Queen. She is fun-loving and honest, but can also do what needs to be done which is something I really like in a main character. All the characters in the book are well-developed with their own distinct personalities. I would especially like to have seen more of Thomas, the Queen's fool. Mary Hooper has an amazing talent with the English language. She is able to easily convey the time period, and yet the language is easy to understand and it flows beautifully. I really enjoyed the way she had woven little things such as Shakespeare's plays into the storyline. The plot was well paced and there were quite a few twists and turns that surprised me. The ending is satisfying and really sweet. There is nothing that would make this The Betrayal inappropriate for a younger audience, and so I think this story could be enjoyed by anyone aged 10 and over. I think that this book (and probably the entire series) is one that can be enjoyed by those who aren't fans of historical fiction. Overall, I rate The Betrayal by Mary Hooper at 4 and a 1/2 stars out of 5. I recommend it to lovers of fiction, especially historicals, and those who are unsure about the historical more
by Amy Mansell
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