Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia, is on a blog tour! This month’s host is Metro Reader.
The Courtier’s Tale by Peter Walker (purchased)
Reginald Pole, diplomat, friend of scholars, cardinals and artists, and cousin to Henry VIII, is first seen stealing into the Medici chapel at dead of night to catch a forbidden glimpse of Michelangelo’s masterpiece of funerary sculpture. But as the king’s representative in Italy, and an admired scholar himself, it falls to him to make the case for Henry’s divorce from Katherine of Aragon. And it falls to the hapless Michael Throckmorton to become Thomas Cromwell’s courier to Pole in Rome.
In Peter Walker’s imaginative novel, in which two worlds, increasingly opposed, are beautifully evoked, we see these famous events that saw England become a Protestant nation through the eyes of the luckless courier. The dubious privilege of being courier to Cromwell and the King, makes of Miuchael Throckmorton’s life a tragicomedy of endless journeys back and forth between England and Italy. And even though in time he becomes the loyal friend of the disgraced Pole, who can never risk returning to England while Henry lives, this is no compensation for the childhood love who appears to have been lost along the way.
Abandon by Meg Cabot (purchased)
Last year, Pierce died – just for a moment. And when she was in the space between life and death, she met John: tall dark and terrifying, it’s his job to usher souls from one realm to the next.
There’s a fierce attraction between them, but Pierce knows that if she allows herself to fall for John she will be doomed to a life of shadows and loneliness in the underworld. But now things are getting dangerous for her, and her only hope is to do exactly what John says . . .
Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane (purchased)
Chess is a fiercely independent witch and talented Debunker – working for the Church of Real Truth to exorcise ghosts and expose human liars. But she has a dark little secret that is causing her a lot of problems! a drug addiction. Trying to catch a spectral serial killer with a fondness for his victims’ eyes is distracting Chess from her day job, and her growing attraction to Terrible is making things worse. Life is getting too complicated and Chess must break the rules to keep her head above water.