by John Lambshead
Cover Artist: Clyde Caldwell
Review by Harriet Klausner
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 1416521216
Date: 01 May, 2007 List Price $24.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
At the Royal Palace, Secretary to Queen Elizabeth's chief spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham, Simon Tunstall nervously reflects that magic is ninety-nine percent boredom and one percent terror, as he waits for the Court Magician Dr. John Dee to perform the deed. Also observing the ennui stage of the summoning is his boss Sir Francis. Using the Necronomicon, Dee begins the ritual to summon the Lilith into the Royal palace while Queen Elizabeth I is in residence here. He, like his compatriots, knows that if anything goes wrong, they will be lucky to pay with their heads as more likely the enacted price is their souls. Cautiously, Dee proceeds as he brings forth Lilith to place the diabolical but voracious demon inside a dog so that Sir Francis can interrogate him to uncover the identity of the Papist supporters who threaten the Queen. The dog will be dead once they return Lilith back to her plane. From official release/information:
Book Description: Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth's Secretary of State, was the greatest spymaster the world had ever seen. But when he asked Dr. Dee to summon a demon the result was unexpected, especially for his orphaned niece Lucy. Sir Francis' duty as her guardian was to find Lucy a suitably aristocratic husband, not to let her fight demons and witchcraft for the Queen's Secret Service. But his-and Lucy's-duty to protect Queen and country from enemies both natural and supernatural kept getting in the way. And so did all those demons...