An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason

An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason

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When Lady Katherine's father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. She disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to take it one step further: kill the queen herself. She is cast in William Shakespeare's newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But the play is a plot to destroy the rebellion, masterminded by fellow cast-member Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018.
ISBN: 9780316327343
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 22 cm.

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Feb 04, 2019

I think this book is a bit tricky, because I (who am totally the target audience for this!) found the beginning a bit slow, which likely means that other readers will, too. But I have to be honest: once I was about a third of the way in, I was thoroughly engrossed, and flew through this. The Elizabethan setting was extremely well drawn, there's lots of excellent juicy stuff about religion and assassination attempts and Shakespeare, there's a good romance, there's cross-dressing (which is handled in a very good and not-regressive way, for the record), and it's just a lot of fun.

JessicaGma Jan 30, 2019

I liked this one as you have spies, Catholics on the run, a dash of Shakespeare and adventure. I think the only drawback was the resolution at the end as bits were slightly unbelievable, but overall, a satisfying historical tale.

OPL_KrisC Dec 27, 2018

A historical romance for teens with spies and a dash of Shakespeare added in.

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Kyanite
Nov 20, 2018

A bit of a let-down - I'd been waiting for this one, and while the story was entertaining enough, the protagonists just didn't feel realistic for the period, and certain issues (including sexual preferences) were treated much more lightly than is believable.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 19, 2018

This book was very different from all the other books I’ve read. It’s more of a crime investigation than a mystery book. Lady Katherine's father was killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers that he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. So Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father's mission, and she’ll do whatever it takes to kill the queen herself. I really recommend this book.:) Rating 3/5 stars
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OPL_KrisC Dec 27, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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