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Meet Richard Fitzwarren - an anti-hero with a dubious past, questionable morals, but unswerving loyalties. Jack Fitzwarren, Richard’s displaced bastard brother, seeks a place at his brother’s side. Impulsive and hotheaded, his attempts to gain his brother’s acceptance and approval often end badly. Finally, the brothers are brought head-to-head when Richard tries to foil a plot against Elizabeth I.

Can Jack murder his brother to save a woman he’s never met?

Will Richard accept his fate and fight? Or will he run?

As Tudor England erupts following the death of Edward VI, can one young spy protect his queen?

International best-selling author Sam Burnell takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with this magnificent new epic A Queen’s Spy.

In 1553, England is torn apart by religious conflict. Power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and brotherly love. 

Richard Fitzwarren, caught in the middle of a cruel family feud, wants nothing more than to make his own way in the world. A childhood friend of the Princess Elizabeth, he cannot forget his loyalty in her time of need. 

Pressured by her sister Mary, Elizabeth’s continued existence remains precarious throughout her reign. The divide between Catholic Mary and Anne Boleyn’s Protestant daughter Elizabeth is a deep one.

“It combines murder, mystery, and intrigue in a most masterful way.” (Rita Kroon, author of Letters from the Past)

©2018 Sam Burnell (P)2019 Sam Burnell

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Enjoyable Series

I was not surpised to find out that this series had been optioned by a TV network. It would follow on in the Game of Thrones tradition – you just never know what’s going to happen next. However unlike Thrones this is set firmly in 16th Century England and the historical background is credibly accurate.

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Gritty Historical Fiction

I’m a lover of the Shardlake books by CJ Sansom and Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series so I was a bit worried this would turn into a “romance,” and while there are credible female characters it’s not a romance at all. Richard Fitzwarren, like Sharpe, is a no nonsense anti hero, who ends up in the wrong places at the wrong time.

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Best way to spend a 12 hour shift!

The author transported me back to the 16th Century effortlessly, and time flew by. The plot twists, the defeats are realistic and historical detail accurate.

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Twists and Turns

There are plots, sub plots and so much going on you need to pay attention, but it’s so worth it. It takes a while before you realise that Richard is actually the good guy in this series, his actions throw you off, and leave you wondering “Why did he do that?” But as the books progress the answers come in and his actions are explained.

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Dynamic and Exciting

There are eight books in the series so I have now found, and this box set is the first three. Each book tells of an event within the lives of these two brothers. At the start they are not on good terms but as they find themselves time and again with their backs against the wall they realise that they can only ever rely on each other. Love Jack, he’s such an accessible character, flawed, prone to making the wrong decisions, yet loyal and trustworthy – the perfect counterpoint to Richard’s dynamic.

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Great Box Set

These are the first three novels in the series in one set. With a run time of 25 hours it was better value that buying each of the books individually. I had originally listened to A Queen’s Spy with a different narrator, it’s was okay but not great on the ears, the new narrator has nailed it! Richard sounds exactly how I imagined he would and Nathanial Williams has a unique voice for each character, which must be quite a challenge as Sam Burnell’s books have a lot of characters.

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Great listen

I came across the first book in the series last year on kindle, and then Amazon suggested the audio versions, the narrator is top notch, and really brings to life the characters. My only comment would be that he makes Jack sound a little old, I always think of him as “Richard’s little brother.”

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Enjoyable Series

Good stories set in Elizabethan England as Richard Fitzwarren tries to make a place for himself whilst at the same time remaining loyal to the Queen.

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Historical Perfection

Loved the detail in these books. You find yourself saying “well, I didn’t know that!” It’s not just a story it’s a wonderful picture of life in Tudor times. Really enjoyed this series and the next book as well, A Queen’s Mercenary when the setting moved from England to Europe.

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Good Series

If it’s well researched historical fiction you are looking for with a good plot then you are in the right place. Sam Burnell’s books are a refreshing listen, well written, plots that come at you sideways and always something unexpected. I’d read the books first but the audio was a holiday treat and I picked up on quite a bit I am missed when reading the books.

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  • Michael A. Greene
  • 02-09-20

Compelling to listen to

The narrator is English, which fits in well with the books as they are set in Tudor England. He’s easy to listen to and the descriptions have you painting an amazing picture in your mind of a world five hundred years in the past. Good job Sam Burnell.

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  • Jason V. Schiller
  • 02-09-20

Made me late for work!

I ended up sat in the car in the car park and arrived late! Was Jack dead! Surely not! I just had to find out and listen to the next chapter. It’s good stuff, the characters are men of their times, the landscape is a dangerous one, and both are well equipped to survive.

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  • Cynthia M. Brooks
  • 13-01-20

First Class Audio

A good story, an excellent author and a wonderful narrator have come together to make this a feast for those who love historical fiction. Set in Elizabethan England the story follows the paths of two brothers as they try and make their way through life. There are many obstacles thrown in their way, some you can see coming and some just land unexpectedly.

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  • Dewey S. Doty
  • 02-09-20

Good Books

This is not romantic historical fiction – thank God. I was given an audio code and I was bit concerned that the hero’s would be sweeping the heroines off their feet and speeding away on white horses. Not the case. This is more like Bernard Cornwell, and Richard Fitzwarren is a match for Sharpe, a proper anti-hero with a maverick streak. Loved it.

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  • Thomas R. Paulino
  • 02-09-20

Gripping Listen

The year is 1552, the young King, Edward, Henry VIII’s son is dying, and a race to claim the throne begins! Northumberland wants to place Jane Grey on the throne but he needs to outwit Mary, Henry’s daughter. Stuck in the middle of this political mess are the Fitzwarren brothers. Richard Fitzwarren needs to make what he can from the situation and if that means changing sides then so be it.

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  • Digna S. Berggren
  • 12-01-20

16th Century Brought To Life

Loved the characters and the setting. My favourite character just has to be Lizbet – what a woman – you can’t help but like this cheeky and loud young woman who seems to be afraid of nothing. Trust me, Lizbet will make you smile. Women in the 16th Century were extremely oppressed with very few rights and I think she has been purposefully included as a way to get around this, as a modern reader we would have extreme difficulty in dealing with the way women were actually treated and spoken to, so a little fiction is not a bad thing.

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  • Betty R. Ford
  • 10-01-20

Good Audio Series

This is the first in the Fitzwarren audio series, and I was delighted when I got to the end to find out that there was more – I was not ready to leave Richard and Jack behind sure that their story was not quite at a close.

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  • Michael A. Boyd
  • 02-09-20

Waiting for the TV Series now

I head read somewhere that this series had been optioned and I can’t wait for Starz or Netflix to take it up. The characters are great, the story excellent and Richard and Jack just get into one scrape after another.

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  • Rigoberto V. Dixon
  • 09-01-20

Tudor Trials

Richard Fitzwarren is a tudor noble on a mission to take back what he has lost. Along the way he finds, by accident, Jack, his estranged brother. Their relationship starts out as a difficult one but over time when they are tested against each other they finally unite. Enjoyed the sense of time the author brought to the book along with some interesting historical details. It’s always nice to go away and think “well I never knew that!”

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  • A. N. Sloan
  • 20-01-21

Excellent historical fiction

Set after Henry XIII’s death & his last wife has remarried & this is the backdrop of the story. The characters are exciting & like able. The story line is fast paced & full of adventure. Excellent boxed set!