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Pages: 416

Language: English

Publisher: Corgi Childrens (6 Jun. 2013)

By: Theresa Breslin(Author)

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As lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, the beautiful Ginette - known as Jenny - is the young queen's closest childhood friend. Growing up in the elegant but ruthless French court, surrounded by enemies and traitors - not least the jealous, manipulative Catherine de Medici, and Mary's own scheming half-brother, James - Jenny has always been fiercely loyal to her mistress. But when she overhears a mysterious whispered plot, closely followed by several unexplained deaths at court, she puts her own life in danger and turns spy for Mary.

Jenny quickly realises not a soul at court can be trusted, and when she and Mary return to their Scottish homeland for Mary to claim her throne, they face even greater peril. Desperate to protect her friend from those who would slit her throat to steal her crown, while battling her feelings for the charismatic nobleman Duncan Alexander, Jenny becomes embroiled in a dangerous web of secrets, betrayals and lies.

"A gripping historical thriller from the brilliant Breslin" (Fiona Noble The Bookseller)


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  • By Loveliterature on 25 January 2013

    There is no doubt that Mary Queen of Scots is one of the most colourful,and oft misunderstood, characters in Scottish history. Regarded by many as a woman of great beauty, yet by others as vain and selfish, there is no doubt she was certainly an intriguing character. Over the years a number of books have been written about her but few tackle the Queen's formative years growing up in the French royal court.This is where Breslin's story starts, catapulting us back to the 16th century and introducing us to many of the characters which played such an important part in Mary's life. Catherine de Medici, John Knox, Lord Darnley and the Earl Of Bothwell are just some of the historical figures who feature in a book that not only entertains but also educates.We meet Mary for the first time in the books prologue as she awaits her execution near the end of the 16th century. Little is given away in this short introduction to how Mary ended up in in this predicament before we are quickly transported back 29 years earlier to 1558 where Mary Stuart is living in the royal court in France.In this opening sequence we are introduced to Jenny, close friend and companion to Mary who has grown up with her at the French royal court. Breslin soon makes it apparent that the royal court is a place of ruthless ambition, full of secrets and danger and it is whilst at court that Jenny, in light of several mysterious deaths, decides to turn spy for Mary.What follows is an intriguing, historical thriller which takes in 3 countries, 30 years of history and an interesting cast of characters. As we follow Mary's journey from the royal court in France back to Scotland to claim her throne Mary, Jenny and the royal entourage encounter various dangerous plots, suspicious characters, not to mention attempts on Mary's life itself.The book is full of depth and Breslin expertly creates the 16th century that Mary is living in. At times it feels like we are not merely the reader but rather a spectator watching from the sidelines as Mary's amazing story unfolds. The sights, smells and and sounds of 16th century Scotland are brought to life throughout the book, adding to the reading experience.This is a great historical thriller from Breslin which cements her place as one of the best contemporary writers for young adults. The book deals with one of the most interesting periods of Scottish history and tells the story of the often misunderstood Mary Queen of Scots in a fresh light. The book's cast of characters are full of ambition, intrigue and yet are equally deceitful, and would think nothing of stabbing their best friend, or future Queen, in the back.

  • By emilie on 31 July 2013

    I would highly recommend this engrossing read about Queen Mary of Scotland and her complicated life and times. Initially, I found this novel a little slow but soon got in to the intrigue and mystery. I really hope teenage choose this title and stick with it as it is a rewarding read with a great plot. I think it would probably appeal to people who like plot twists, lots of action and/ or a strong female narrative. I will be promoting Breslin's novel to my students come September.

  • By J. A. C. Auvache on 6 July 2014

    Book came on time and well packed as always.I bought this book for my 9 years old granddaughter and she is reading it avidly.

  • By M. Lea on 23 July 2014

    Excellent book, really enjoyed reading it. Would recommend if you like historical novels

  • By karen on 21 September 2014

    Good read as usual from Theresa Breslin. Good story line and drama. Great read.

  • By Ms. E. A. A. Owusu on 12 December 2015

    Great book. Bought it for my sons assignment. He loves it

  • By Em on 10 August 2016

    Great book love it!

  • By wood833 on 22 May 2016

    Teenagers loved it

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