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The Sword of Albion: The Sword of Albion Trilogy Book 1 by Mark Chadbourn
Review by Gavin Pugh
Bantam Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553820218
Date: 28 April 2011 List Price 7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The Elizabethan era is an attractive one to both writers and readers of genre. There's plenty of gold to mine whether it's the geography, the culture, the history or the folklore. In the hands of the ever-capable Mark Chadbourn it is the swash-buckling adventure of Elizabethan espionage that will not only delight his existing fans, but also doubtless win him a whole host of new ones. The Sword of Albion is published in trade paperback by Bantam and we're delighted to welcome Gav "Nextreads" Pugh to the SFRevu staff with his review of this one elsewhere in this issue.

"1588: The London of Elizabeth I is rocked by news of a daring raid on the Tower. The truth is known only to a select few: that, for twenty years, a legendary doomsday device, its power fabled for millennia, has been kept secret and, until now, safe in the Tower. But it has been stolen and Walsingham's spies believe it has been taken by the Enemy. This Enemy is not who we usually think of as our traditional opponent. No, this Enemy has waged a brutal war against mankind since time began, and with such a weapon they might take terrible toll upon England's green and pleasant land...And so it falls to Will Swyfte - swordsman, adventurer, scholar, rake, and the greatest of Walsingham's new breed of spy - to follow a trail of murder and devilry that leads deep into the dark, venomous world of the Faerie. As Philip of Spain prepares a naval assault on England, Will is caught up in a race against time in pursuit of this fiendish device... "

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The Elizabethan era is an attractive one to both writers and readers of genre. There's plenty of gold to mine whether it's the geography, the culture, the history or the folklore. In the hands of the ever-capable Mark Chadbourn it is the swash-buckling adventure of Elizabethan espionage that will not only delight his existing fans, but also doubtless win him a whole host of new ones. The Sword of Albion is now published in mass market paperback by Bantam.

"1588: The London of Elizabeth I is rocked by news of a daring raid on the Tower. The truth is known only to a select few: that, for twenty years, a legendary doomsday device, its power fabled for millennia, has been kept secret and, until now, safe in the Tower. But it has been stolen and Walsingham's spies believe it has been taken by the Enemy. This Enemy is not who we usually think of as our traditional opponent. No, this Enemy has waged a brutal war against mankind since time began, and with such a weapon they might take terrible toll upon England's green and pleasant land...And so it falls to Will Swyfte - swordsman, adventurer, scholar, rake, and the greatest of Walsingham's new breed of spy - to follow a trail of murder and devilry that leads deep into the dark, venomous world of the Faerie. As Philip of Spain prepares a naval assault on England, Will is caught up in a race against time in pursuit of this fiendish device... "

(Source: Bantam)

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