Brilliantly written in language eerily reminiscent of Elizabethan English, this novel is set in 16th-century England and concerns a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I. When it was first published in 1992, the critics raved: "A talent for writing espionage makes her the Le Carre of the 16th century. . ." (Ruth Rendell, author of The Bridesmaid).
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Praise for Firedrake's Eye:
"The le Carre of the sixteenth century...Her work is as subtle, as complex, and as beautifully crafted as his." --Ruth Rendell
"Firedrake's Eye...is a rich and rewarding novel." --The Washington Post Book World
"Patricia Finney...evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of Elizabethan England with remarkable fidelity." --Philadelphia Inquirer
"As engaging and inventive as any modern spy novel." --San Francisco Examiner Chronicle
"Finney spins a magical and mysterious web...this is a wonderfully atmospheric rendering of an anarchist plot brimming over with vivid details of intrigue." --Booklist
"Historical fiction in the same league as Rose Tremain's Restoration and Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose." --Cosmopolitan
"Set in Elizabethan England, it sensuously reconstructs the era's visual pomp and splendor...Historical and wholly invented figures mix easily, a tribute to the author's careful research and panoramic vision." --Publishers WeeklyAbout the Author:
Patricia Finney attended Oxford, where she read history. Her first novel, A Shadow of Gulls, won the prestigious David Higham Award. She is also the author of Unicorn's Blood. Ms. Finney lives in England.
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