She agrees to send her best priests and preachers throughout Essos , spreading the good word about the Queen. She lands on Dragonstone to make Daenerys aware of her destiny and to tell her of Jon Snow's importance as well in the coming war. Stories about the Long Night - or a similar cataclysmic event - are told throughout Essos , one version of which says that a great darkness descended upon the land.
Wielding a flaming sword called Lightbringer , Azor Ahai rose up and defeated this darkness. In any case, the books do not make an explicit connection between the stories of Azor Ahai and the prophecies of the Prince That Was Promised. According to Melisandre, who hails from the mysterious city of Asshai , the prophecy about the Prince was known in that city five thousand years ago, but even this was millennia after Azor Ahai supposedly lived. The man says that the baby shall be called "Aegon", and that he is "the prince that was promised". Stannis Baratheon does match this description because his grandmother was a Targaryen, but he was not born at a place of "smoke and salt" which can be Dragonstone, a volcanic island - he was born in Storm's End.
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For Books published in the United Kingdom, click here. She was young-barely fifteen. A poor peddler's daughter newly arrived in London, she was loved as much for her good heart as for her good looks. Someone had taken advantage of that sweet nature, leaving her dead in a churchyard, a ripped bodice testimony to her struggle, a bloodstained cross the solitary witness to her end. The long-awaited third novel in Sharon Kay Penman's much-loved medieval mystery series. A sweeping novel of thirteenth-century England, Falls the Shadow is the story of a weak and willful king and a brilliant but uncompromising baron: once they had been friends, yoked by ties of marriage and by mutual if irksome need….
A paradoxical man, he was charming, generous, clever -- and he was unstable and brutal. They were called "The Devil's Brood," though never to their faces. Published March 7th by Berkley Trade first published March 31st More Details Original Title. Justin de Quincy 4. Paris France. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Prince of Darkness Justin de Quincy, 4. May 21, Lori rated it it was amazing Shelves: hist-myst. This is the fourth and currently last installment of Penman's delightful Justin de Quincy mystery series. It is a shame that Penman's publishers have at least temporarily terminated the series, asking that she focus more on her longer historicals.
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I adore Penman's massive and meticulously researched historicals, but I also enjoy a short, fast and easy read at times, too. I can well imagine that these shorter works allow Penman to cleanse her mind between her longer works, utilizing her knowledge This is the fourth and currently last installment of Penman's delightful Justin de Quincy mystery series. I can well imagine that these shorter works allow Penman to cleanse her mind between her longer works, utilizing her knowledge of the period while giving her imagination free reign.
Perhaps, she could self-publish these shorter works in e-book format if her publisher continues to balk?
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While the mysteries in this series are not the most difficult to figure out, they are well drawn from the politics of the period. Furthermore, I love Penman's fictional characters and their interactions with real historical figures. I particularly enjoyed the interactions between the arch rivals, Durand and Justin, and their dealings with the Prince of Darkness himself, John, Count of Mortain the future King John in this book. The dialog between Durand and Justin was snappy and highly entertaining giving me several laugh out loud moments.
I was particularly fascinated by the character of Morgan and was astonished to discover his true identity. In addition, Penman is able to successfully make the reader both appreciate and despise John -- an extremely difficult task considering how John has been portrayed throughout history in both literature and film. Penman never fails to educate and entertain me; I'm hopeful that I'll one day be able to read the further adventures of Justin de Quincy.
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Prince of Darkness (Justin de Quincy, book 4) by Sharon Kay Penman
Jan 01, Cristina rated it it was amazing. Oh my!!! Poor Justin! What a mess he has gotten himself into this time, and what fun for us! We've left England for France, searching for the people responsible for a plot to discredit John in Richard's eyes upon his return Good times will be had for us , and people will die. I read it in less than 24h, couldn't put it down! Feb 26, Ruth rated it liked it Shelves: book-club , mystery. My book club invited the author to come visit us while we discussed this book, and we all enjoyed both the book and her visit.
We were all impressed with how hard she works to keep the historical details correct, and to give an accurate portrait of life in that time period.
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Last of 4 fictional mysteries set with the Plantagenets. Queen Eleanor is away rescuing Richard Lionheart but Justin's 'holiday' soon gets derailed by a commission from John. Nice to see John in an almost positive light for a change! Pity Ms Penman didn't finish off her Plantagenet series with a biographical novel about John but she was pretty clear that it all ended with Richard.
The byplay between Justin and Durand is good fun - two secret agents of the queen one being a double agent who Last of 4 fictional mysteries set with the Plantagenets. The byplay between Justin and Durand is good fun - two secret agents of the queen one being a double agent who can't stand each other but have to work together. Historically pretty sound, this short series ended before Penman's best books were written Devil's Brood and onward. Another pity she didn't write any more Justin de Quincy novels. Apr 21, Lisa Harmonybites rated it really liked it Shelves: ebooks , mystery , historical-fiction , novels.
I've heard that the four medieval mysteries of which this is the last wasn't as successful as Penman's other books and no more are planned. Which I find a shame.
I wasn't impressed with the first two books in the series. I thought the resolution and culprits predictable and Penman herself said in one author's note she wasn't completely comfortable at first dealing with completely fictional characters. The series grew on me though, and I think she grew in her skill in this genre. I wouldn't put I've heard that the four medieval mysteries of which this is the last wasn't as successful as Penman's other books and no more are planned. For that matter, no I don't think these rival Penman at her best.
But they are enjoyable and Justin de Quincy has become a friend I'm sorry to leave. Never mind it's a chance to spend time with her Eleanor of Aquitaine and John, the "Prince of Darkness" himself. I suspect that was one allure in writing this. I know having read her trilogy about Henry II and Eleanor I was drawn to reading this series became I didn't want to leave this world--and I'm sorry there'll be no more of them.
Although it is a treat to see Justin and Durand inserted in her long historical fiction novel, "A King's Ransom" which I'm reading now. Feb 28, Suzanne rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , around-my-bookshelf-year-1 , mystery. I did it! I finally finished the fourth and so far, final book in Penman's Justin de Quincy series. I don't know how she does it. In this book, Justin de Quincy is called to France to help the very person he dislikes, the enemy of his King - John. Surprisingly, de Quincy realizes that he should lend his assistance here, because the plot he is called to I did it!
Surprisingly, de Quincy realizes that he should lend his assistance here, because the plot he is called to unearth would harm the king as well as his brother. I love how Penman presents a well-researched work of historical fiction, wrapped around a fictional mystery. She portrays characters that are charming and a narrative that is engrossing.