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The King's Witch

Narrated by: Esther Wane
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Already a great historian, Tracey Borman proves with this thrilling debut novel that she is also a born storyteller. 

As she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth, Frances Gorges longs for the fields and ancient woods of her parents' Hampshire estate, where she has learned to use the flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer. 

Frances is happy to stay in her beloved countryside when the new King arrives from Scotland, bringing change, fear and suspicion. His court may be shockingly decadent, but James' religion is Puritan, intolerant of all the old ways: he has already put to death many men for treason and women for witchcraft. 

So when her ambitious uncle forcibly brings Frances to court, she is trapped in a claustrophobic world of intrigue and betrayal - and a ready target for the twisted scheming of Lord Cecil, the King's first minister. 

Surrounded by mortal dangers, Frances finds happiness only with the precocious young Princess Elizabeth, and Tom Wintour, the one courtier she can trust. 

Or can she? 

©2018 Tracy Borman (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • Genny F
  • 30-08-2018

A bit disappointing

I really wanted to like this but it was too Mills and Boone, too stodgy, full of silly coincidences. I really hope the next two parts of the trilogy are more exciting and less stodgy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-06-2018

Disappointing

Although I have great respect for Tracy Borman as a historian, her skills as a novelist have a long way to go. The pace and style are pedestrian, and I struggled to listen to the end. There are many authentic historical facts woven into the story, as one would expect, but aspects of the plot stretch credulity. I felt she couldn't make up her mind whether the main character was heroine, victim, or villainess.

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  • M
  • 17-08-2018

I Could Not Put it Down

After a bit of a slow start I could not leave this book alone. Well wriitten. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it was so well narraated that I felt I was with there, with Frances, experiencing what was happening to her. For a first novel this was excellent and I cannot wait for her next novel.

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  • D. J. Brown
  • 06-08-2018

Awful Scottish accent

This is a good storry, but the narration is lacking , I've never heard such a dreadful Scots accent, and the "male voices " are poor which detracts from the tale

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  • Mrs DR Pearson
  • 26-07-2018

A slow start, but what a finish!

I almost gave up on this book.
Slow to get off the mark, but soon found its rhythm
So glad I persevered, it was an excellent listen

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  • Joanne P.
  • 18-03-2019

love this book

cant wait for Frances' next adventure, I've already added it to my wish list. well narrated and a must listen.

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  • boris 345
  • 27-02-2019

Tosh and piffle

Really dull no plot no depth to the characters. Sorry but won't be looking for more by this author

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-02-2019

Disappointing

Although I respect Tracy Norman as an excellent Historian, I think she should give fiction a miss. The way the book is written is
heavy handed, very pedestrian with the same phrases coming up repeatedly. My first impression was that it was written for children but there are some quite descriptive and, no doubt, accurate accounts of torture which rules this out.

Sadly, the audio narration is appalling. The narrator reads awkwardly, has very strange pronunciations and has obviously never heard a Scottish accent. The weirdly bad Irish/Birmingham twang (which was meant to be Scottish) set my teeth on edge and has put me off purchasing further audio books as this was my first.

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  • kim hailstone
  • 11-12-2018

Extremely dull

Despite the interesting historical period, this story is boring. The main character is simply an observer. Descriptions of locations bring them to life , whereas the characters remain dull . Frequently repeated phrases ( ‘ she bobbed a curtsy ‘) add to the tedium .

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  • Carole
  • 19-10-2018

Quite a good read.

Although I didn't struggle to finish the book, I've read better. Not the best of readers.