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Prophecy [Ebook] ➠ Prophecy Author S.J. Parris – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk S J Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth s palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult It is the year of the Great Conju S J Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth s palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align an astrological phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age and the dawn of another The streets of London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth When several of the queen s maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes While Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that something far sinister is at work But even as the climate of fear at the palace intensifies, the queen refuses to believe that the killer could be someone within her own court Bruno must play a dangerous game can he allow the plot to progress far enough to give the queen the proof she needs without putting her, England, or his own life in danger In this utterly gripping and gorgeously written novel, S J Parris has proven herself the new master of the historical thriller.


10 thoughts on “Prophecy

  1. Annet Annet says:

    Very enjoyable series, about the heretic, ex monk Bruno serving Elizabeth in discovering plots against her reign.I saw this one coming, the plot, for some time in the book, but no matter, the story is just very entertaining, very easily readable and enjoyable, about the times of Elizabeth and the complots involving Mary in Schotland, good atmopsheric descriptions of those times I like this series.


  2. Matt Matt says:

    Parris returns with another great mystery using her cast of historical characters, led by the most unlikely amateur sleuth, an excommunicated former monk hiding from the Inquisition The year is 1583 and there is much talk of the Great Conjunction, Saturn and Jupiter aligning, a once a millennium event that could herald in much change in the Elizabethan Court Preparations are also being made surrounding Queen Elizabeth s 25th anniversary of ascension to the English Throne The ongoing plot to r Parris returns with another great mystery using her cast of historical characters, led by the most unlikely amateur sleuth, an excommunicated former monk hiding from the Inquisition The year is 1583 and there is much talk of the Great Conjunction, Saturn and Jupiter aligning, a once a millennium event that could herald in much change in the Elizabethan Court Preparations are also being made surrounding Queen Elizabeth s 25th anniversary of ascension to the English Throne The ongoing plot to remove her and bring Catholicism back to England is afoot The murders of two maids within the Court bring questions to the forefront and our sleuth, Bruno, out and on the lookout for whomever it may be that is behind these murders and plotting the ultimate coup, assassination of Elizabeth While Bruno is still in England at the behest of the French Crown, his secret work for Sir Francis Walsingham will keep him well protected, but also a target as a traitor to the Catholic cause While Bruno seeks a killer, he is also trying to get his hands on a most sought after book that was long ago banned and might help mortals explain their true place in the spiritual world Filled with great excitement and much history, Parris has done well to keep the reader interested until the very end Recommended to those who enjoy Elizabethan mysteries, as well as the reader who found pleasure in the opening novel of the series and wishes to forge ahead.While the book takes a while to get started, the dedicated reader is prized with an exciting second half of the novel Parris has a clear and detailed style of writing that keeps the reader learning with every page turn Giordano Bruno is again a wonderful protagonist, dabbling in all things celestial while proving to be the most unique historical sleuth He continues to fight against the presumption that he is a supporter of the Catholic cause, but is equally not interested in the Protestant side of the debate having been vilified and sought for punishment by both sides His passions are clear, both in the academic and physical senses, though he struggles to make sense of everything throughout this second novel As Parris sets some of the needed groundwork for the series, she creates a wonderful character who is not afraid of stirring up trouble for everyone Other characters fill the narrative with their own points of view and keep the mystery strong while educating the reader with points of historical fancy The story was quite well paced, yet still a bit too detailed for my liking Rich with history and religious clashes, as well as the politics that arises in both instances, there emerges something that is dense at times and overwhelming for some readers With chapters of a decent length and a plot that evolves throughout, Parris does well with this second novel, as readers are still getting used to Giordano Bruno s position in England I am excited to see where things go from here, as the time period begs fortales that mix religion and criminal activity.Kudos, Madam Parris, for a great continuation to the series I will have to focus in order not to miss anything, but am up for the challenge.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge


  3. Mary Mary says:

    This is a beautifully written, historical fiction thriller that takes place during the rule of Queen Elizabeth and in her court If you are a fan of this era and know a bit about the whispers of occult and astrology that occurred during her reign, you are really going to enjoy this story of conspiracy and mystery This is probably one of my favorite time periods to read about since it truly was an age of discovery and that these ideas were often described as heresy and treason Yet, in the world This is a beautifully written, historical fiction thriller that takes place during the rule of Queen Elizabeth and in her court If you are a fan of this era and know a bit about the whispers of occult and astrology that occurred during her reign, you are really going to enjoy this story of conspiracy and mystery This is probably one of my favorite time periods to read about since it truly was an age of discovery and that these ideas were often described as heresy and treason Yet, in the world of the ruling class, they were quietly relied upon When there is a murder of the queen s ladies, Elizabeth calls in her astrologer and a former monk named Bruno to help solve the murders Bruno first appears as an investigator and spy for the French King Henri in Parris first book, Heresy The story also touches upon the rivalry and conspiracy of Queens Mary and Elizabeth.The second half of the book really moves the plot forward and will have you guessing about who is behind the murderous plot and the loyalty of Queen Elizabeth to her trusted companions which may prove to not be in her best interest I think my favorite part of the whole story is the word play and dialogue of Bruno which is so much fun to read There is at times an overwhelming amount of historical detail which I find fascinating, but might bog down other readers The ending caught me completely by surprise and I will now have to go back and read Heresy since I enjoyed this one so much


  4. Jake Jake says:

    Now that I ve read this book I can say that I should have read Heresy first, so, if you are looking into reading this, don t listen to those people who say you can read this one first and be all right Bruno alludes to things that have happened in the first book and, while there are no spoilers that I can see, there is always that fear that those will appear.That being said, this is a fantastic read I loved the history, the intrigue, the suspense, and the writing Elizabethan London comes alive Now that I ve read this book I can say that I should have read Heresy first, so, if you are looking into reading this, don t listen to those people who say you can read this one first and be all right Bruno alludes to things that have happened in the first book and, while there are no spoilers that I can see, there is always that fear that those will appear.That being said, this is a fantastic read I loved the history, the intrigue, the suspense, and the writing Elizabethan London comes alive in aaccessible way With a plot that is reminiscent of Dan Brown, S.J Parris takes the reader on a thrilling adventure into the dark underpinings of the politics in that era Bruno is a likeable and believable hero who, while he seems bull headed and does some stupid things at times, has the intellect to get through his predicaments I liked that he wasof an intellectual hero than an action hero, but he could handle himself in a skirmish if he needed to.The writing is far better than Dan Brown s so that is where the comparison stops No offense to Dan Brown, but S.J Parris hasof a knack for capturing beautiful imagery that is lacking in Dan Brown novels She gives just enough details of a character s looks to let the reader fill in the missing pieces Sometimes that is nice It puts a littletrust in the reader that they can think for themselves and allows their minds to conjure up the face with the little tidbit that has been given That is huge to me simply because this used to bug me I used to be the kind of reader that liked to be told exactly what a character looked like Now, I prefer to just have small details, preferably those things that make them stand out Speaking of characters, there are a lot of players in this book At first I got a little confused about who was whom She probably could have repeated some distinct markings of each character just so that I, as the reader, could get themfirmly wrapped in my brain, but I found that I figured it out well enough so that, by the end, I knew who was whom.Parris does not get overly descriptive throughout most of the story She has a nice balance of painting a nice picture for you while letting your imagination work the rest of it The dialogue seems a little too modern and that might be my only complaint about the book Sometimes Bruno uses phrases that are pretty modern, but it didn t bug me enough to distract from the overall enjoyment of the book.The plot is fast paced enough that I didn t lose interest She had me from the get go Her writing, in the immediate and thrilling present tense, is impeccable I love how most books are going to the present tense lately to show an immediacy that you lose when you write in the past tense if it used correctly I was actually left guessing until just maybe a couple pages before she revealed the real culprit behind everything That, my friends, is a huge compliment to Parris and her ability to divert.That being said, I think I have gushed on about this book for long enough, I will let you get on with your lives I would recommend this to anyone who loves literature, history, and or Dan Brown I gave it 4.5 out of 5 Saturn Symbols


  5. Eve Eve says:

    Prophecy tells of a shadowy and dangerous web of plots and subplots in Elizabethan England.I skipped to the second in a series of historical thrillers set in the Renaissance featuring Giordano Bruno, an Italian monk excommunicated for heresy You do not need to have read the first, Heresy, to enjoy Prophecy by S.J Parris. By the time Prophecy starts, Bruno has already been excommunicated and is now in Elizabethan England working as a spy in the midst of the secret enclaves of Papists Rumors o Prophecy tells of a shadowy and dangerous web of plots and subplots in Elizabethan England.I skipped to the second in a series of historical thrillers set in the Renaissance featuring Giordano Bruno, an Italian monk excommunicated for heresy You do not need to have read the first, Heresy, to enjoy Prophecy by S.J Parris. By the time Prophecy starts, Bruno has already been excommunicated and is now in Elizabethan England working as a spy in the midst of the secret enclaves of Papists Rumors of a plot to overthrow, even murder, Queen Elizabeth and install the Catholic Mary Stuart are brewing Who are these plotters The French, the Spanish, the Scots, even dissatisfied Englishmen all have their separate schemes No one in court is to be trusted, especially since one the Queen s own ladies in waiting is found murdered, her death staged to look like a blatant threat to the Queen s life It is clear from the first page on that Parris s research into Elizabethan life and political intrigues is impeccable Every character is tainted with suspicion, their motivations revealed in a labyrinth of allegiances and ambition Who I thought might have been responsible for the murder changed as I journeyed deeper and deeper into Bruno s world and ultimately did not turn out to be the killer s when unmasked in the end Bruno s character, as the outsider in Court, is the most compelling and mysterious of all, despite the fact that the narrative is told in first person His story how he got to be an ex monk, what drove him from the church, and the dubious past that may or may not involve murder was told in the first book, Heresy In Prophecy, he isan observer, his personality muted and kept in the background Reading Prophecy has driven me to pick up Heresy just to find out indetail the tantalizing bits of back story I gleaned Besides knowingabout Bruno, I also felt that the black magic and supernatural elements so provocative in the first chapter excerpt below could have beenpronounced and central to the plot, instead of being merely suggestive And there seems to be a thin thread from the first book, Heresy, regarding Bruno s search for a very rare and ancient manuscript by Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus, which stoked my curiosity as elusive, mythical books often do Ms Parris I would love it if you wroteabout this in the next installmentWithout warning, all the candles in the room s corners flicker and feint, as if a sudden gust has entered, but the air remains still At the same moment, the hairs on my arms prickle and stand erect and I shudder a cold breath descends on us, though outside the day is close I chance a sideways glance at Doctor Dee he stands unmoving as marble, his hands clasped as if in prayer, the knuckles of both thumbs pressed anxiously to his lips or what can be seen of them through his ash grey beard, which he wears in a point down to his chest in imitation of Merlin, whose heir Dee secretly considers himself The cunning man, Ned Kelley, kneels on the floor in front of the table of practice with his back to us, eyes fixed on the pale, transclucent crystal about the size of a goose egg mounted in fixings of brass and standing upon a square of red silk The wooden shutters of the study windows have been closed this business must be conducted in the shadow and candlelight


  6. St Jerome St Jerome says:

    Prophecy is the second in a series of mysteries by S.J Parris pseudonym of Stephanie Merritt set in Elizabethan England, featuring the real life scientist, philosopher, and former monk Giordano Bruno.If you enjoyed reading about Matthew Shardlake in C J Samson mysteries series then will will enjoy this book.


  7. Iset Iset says:

    In some ways, Prophecy reminded me of the traditional lad lit genre a male maverick secret agent, a competent fighter, attractive to women, off on some daring adventure of derring do Like any classic hero of lad lit , Giordano Bruno has a whiff of Mary Sue about him associated with the big names of the time and naturally indispensable to the security of the realm What s delightful about Prophecy is that it knows what it is full well, and Stephanie Merritt real name of author S J Parris In some ways, Prophecy reminded me of the traditional lad lit genre a male maverick secret agent, a competent fighter, attractive to women, off on some daring adventure of derring do Like any classic hero of lad lit , Giordano Bruno has a whiff of Mary Sue about him associated with the big names of the time and naturally indispensable to the security of the realm What s delightful about Prophecy is that it knows what it is full well, and Stephanie Merritt real name of author S J Parris writes Bruno s character with a definite dose of tongue in cheek, averting the danger of these novels taking themselves far too seriously.The spin on this classic genre is that Merritt takes it and throws it straight into Elizabethan England, making it less historical fiction andhistorical thriller The historical detail is crafted with attentiveness, but it s really the mystery thriller that drives the plot Prophecy is thick with plot twists, mysteries, and stings in the tale Cliff hangers abound, luring one as a reader into the just onechapter fallacy I say fallacy because inevitably the next chapter finishes on a cliff hanger too Although, I must admit, I did guess the big twist at the end when I reached the halfway mark of the book.Interestingly, Giordano Bruno was a real life historical figure, an Italian monk whose theories about theology, philosophy, and the structure of the universe eventually led to view spoiler his being burnt as a heretic by the Roman Inquisition hide spoiler Bruno was indeed in Elizabethan England between 1583 1585 CE, and was associated with many of the figures the novel has him associating with, but historically it is not known if he ever had contact with John Dee, and it is theorised but not proven if he really did spy for Walsingham Naturally Merritt has played up the heroic and exciting elements and theories to create a better story , even though I maintain that the real history itself is the most exciting, and needs no embellishing or alteration Prophecy is compelling in that page turner way not exactly high literature, a tad fanciful at times, but action packed and an engrossing historical thriller.7 out of 10


  8. Rob Adey Rob Adey says:

    Kind of fun and ridiculous ex monk detective grisly murder business It s a lot like the Shardlake book I read and, I guess sensibly, the publishers have branded them almost identically so that before I read either I d assumed they were all the same series , but while the Shardlake one is also ridiculous, it s ridiculous in a simultaneouslyspectacular andelegant way I might read another Shardlake, I probably don t need to read another of these.


  9. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    PROPHECY by S.J ParrisWell Written and Impeccably Researched Prophecy by S.J ParrisBook Two in Series, first book HeresyFormat HardcoverPrint Length 384 pagesPublisher Doubleday May 3, 2011 Format Kindle EditionFile Size 5 KBPrint Length 448 pagesPublisher Doubleday May 3, 2011 Sold by Random House Digital, Inc Requested ARC from PublisherDescriptionS J Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth s palace and steeped in period atmos PROPHECY by S.J ParrisWell Written and Impeccably Researched Prophecy by S.J ParrisBook Two in Series, first book HeresyFormat HardcoverPrint Length 384 pagesPublisher Doubleday May 3, 2011 Format Kindle EditionFile Size 5 KBPrint Length 448 pagesPublisher Doubleday May 3, 2011 Sold by Random House Digital, Inc Requested ARC from PublisherDescriptionS J Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth s palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align an astrologi cal phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age and the dawn of another The streets of London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth When several of the queen s maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes While Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that some thing farsinister is at work But even as the climate of fear at the palace intensifies, the queen refuses to believe that the killer could be someone within her own court Bruno must play a dangerous game can he allow the plot to progress far enough to give the queen the proof she needs without putting her, England, or his own life in danger In this utterly gripping and gorgeously written novel, S J Parris has proven herself the new master of the historical thriller The LongSet during the reformation and the renaissance, during the twenty fifth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I Astrology, prophecy, necromancy, divination all play a part in this gripping thriller However, the part they play is not a magical There are no swords in the stone or Merlin, no vampires or other supernatural beings While at first it seems that scrying the future and casting astrological charts, speaking with spirits or visions will play a magical part in the story instead it turns out they are being used frighten and alarm both the Queen and her subjects through murder, and fomenting fear of the end of days In other words, there s a lot of the occult but nothing magical.I justify including it in my paranormal blog, because it presents another view of the paranormal, much of it is about paranormal events It reminds us that there was a time where having a vision could get you executed and that nearly anything can be used as an instrument of power and manipulation.This was an important period in human history The Catholic Church had ruled Europe forthan a millennium and saw its power over nations and monarchies waning as monarchs saw an alternative to papal whims Catholic monarchs also saw this as a threat to their divine right to rule, destabilizing their power These to movements gave even ordinary people ideas The Reformation as well as the Renaissance, loosened the hold of the Church and sowed the seeds of freedom of religion and expression that we enjoy in many countries today While this was accomplished in many ways, some violent execution and some peaceful printing the Bible in English , both movements are responsible for a great deal of how we think and what we know The main character, not exactly a protagonist, Giordano Bruno , is a former Dominincan monk who discovered that his questions could not be answered by he Church and so the inquisition came after him Defrocked and excommunicated he escaped to France where he came under the patronage of the King who sent him to stay with the French Ambassador to England to save him from the attention of the Catholic extremists gathering around the Duke of Guise On the verge of developing an holistic philosophy of understanding the role of humanity, Bruno comes under the attention of Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth s Principal Secretary who in reality employed an extensive intelligence network I can t remember how many books in which he has been featured John Dee, the Queen s astrologer, plays an important part in the plot.Bruno seems an unlikely intelligence agent and such is the most useful type He has a photographic memory, natural or developed through a mnemonic system he created, he is quick witted and able to operate without much direction Additionally, his residence at the French Embassy and former profession allow him access and credence as a sympathizer with those who would usurp Elizabeth in favor of Mary Stuart.Through a complicated plot, we follow Bruno as he thwarts seduction, uncovers treason and murder and prevents an invasion There are many twists and turns involving actual historic figures There s a little light romance but nothing erotic The only icky slimy things herein are the banks of the Thames While it is a mystery thriller and thereforeor less predictable in its outcome it is mostly, well, thrilling Is the ambassador s wife headed for the block, who is murdering the Queen s maids and why I got a bit antsy in the last quarter of the book which I think could have been tightened up a trifle At times I wanted to get past the folderol and skip to the end The historical research and detail is outstanding right down to the shoes I am a big fan of historical accuracy and nothing stood out of place or time to me Parris must have spent a years poring over musty books in dusty libraries I was impressed If you have read Fiona Buckley or Kathy Lynn Emerson s books this is a literary step up from their two series The research and writing are better and the stakes and outcomeserious If you like historic thrillers and being immersed into the period then I highly recommend this book If you just enjoy thrillers and spy novels you could think of this as early Mission Impossible If you like British history, or any of the above it s a must read And, The ShortHighly Recommended to Must ReadReading time 2 daysRead 4 19 and 4 20Second in series but stands on its own


  10. Tim Tim says:

    Exceptionally well written Tudor period murder mystery Italian heretic, Giordano Bruno, is a guest in the French Embassador s residence during the reign of Queen Elizabeth He is recruited by spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham to uncover a suspected conspiracy based around Mary Queen of Scots The author has researched this period and real historic events so well interweaving the fictional Bruno story in a clever and believable way Giordano Bruno, by the way, is also a real historical characte Exceptionally well written Tudor period murder mystery Italian heretic, Giordano Bruno, is a guest in the French Embassador s residence during the reign of Queen Elizabeth He is recruited by spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham to uncover a suspected conspiracy based around Mary Queen of Scots The author has researched this period and real historic events so well interweaving the fictional Bruno story in a clever and believable way Giordano Bruno, by the way, is also a real historical character, but Parris weaves her own imagined story during his lost years in London A superb and clever whodunnit recommended


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