London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers, England's young, still untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril. Songs are heard across London-- catchy verses said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the end of England's kings-- and among the book's predictions is Richard's assassination. To find the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a professional trader in information. Gower discovers that the book has fallen into the unwitting hands of innocents, who will be drawn into a labyrinthine conspiracy that reaches from the king's court to London's slums. As the intrigue deepens, it becomes clear that Gower may be the last hope to save a king from a terrible fate.
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by Bruce Holsinger
by Guy Gavriel Kay
by Alan Moore
by Naomi Novik
by J. Maarten Troost
"Narrator Simon Vance gives a mesmerizing performance of HolsingerOs intriguing story about a book that has the potential to set fourteenth-century London ablaze with its prophecies of the deaths of the kings of England, including the current king, the young Richard II. Both Holsinger and Vance have clearly done their research. The book itself is chock-full of fascinating details that make the history and the setting come vividly to life. That vibrancy is enhanced by the variety of voices Vance employs, and the specificity and diversity of moods heOs able to create with his vocal expressions. Fans of historical mysteries wonOt want to miss this blend of great story and great narration. J.L.K. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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