This is book two of a series with Giordano Bruno (defrocked-friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, cosmological theorist, and Hermetic occultist) starring as master sleuth.
Queen Elizabeth sits on the throne while rumors of her demise circulate. It is the time of the Great Conjunction when Jupiter and Saturn align, signaling the cataclysmic end of the age. Fear and uncertainty grip the nation. France and Spain are eager to exploit any opportunity. Giordano Bruno is on the run from the Inquisition and under the King of France’s protection in England. He is also a mole for Elizabeth’s spymaster, Walsingham.
When several murders happen within the palace walls, Bruno must rely on his wits and his friends to survive. Luckily, he has John Dee (personal astrologer to the Queen) and the extensive spy net.
A very good historical thriller. Would have liked more astrology, occult material, etc. This is essentially an Elizabethan period, who-dun-it. So, a bit disappointing for me who wanted more depth on Bruno and his inner mind.
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