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    Library Journal. May 1, 2018, Vol. 143 Issue 8, p59, 6 p.
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      *Borman, Tracy. The King's Witch. Atlantic Monthly. Jul. 2018.448p. ISBN 9780802127884. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780802146243. F DEBUT With this first novel in a projected trilogy, historian Borman (Thc [...]
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Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1

Historian Borman (The Secret Lives of the Tudors, 2017) embeds a fictional character in the royal court of James I in her promising debut novel. After nursing a dying Elizabeth I, healer Lady Frances Gorges is summoned, against her wishes, to the court of the newly crowned King James I. Mistrusting court politics, she attempts to navigate the twisted halls of the royal palace, where malice and intrigue reign supreme. Trained in her youth in herbology, Frances is now viewed with suspicion by many, including Robert Cecil, the king's powerful Privy Seal. With witch-hunting season in full swing, women who possess medical knowledge and are skilled in the art of healing are prime targets of zealots like Cecil. By introducing Tom Wintour, a real-life figure, as Frances' love interest, Borman adds a little historical heft and a lot of spice to her tale. The action culminates with the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, as the stage is nicely set for volume two of this projected trilogy. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 February #1

Having turned out numerous history titles (e.g., The Private Lives of the Tudors), the joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces in the UK now launches a historical fiction trilogy. Here, Frances Gorges is forced by an ambitious uncle to serve at the palace of the newly crowned King James and soon senses the scheming around her that will culminate in the Gunpowder Plot. Can she trust charming courtier Tom Wintour? And what if folks find out that she's a gifted healer, which could mark her, dangerously, as a witch?

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LJ Reviews 2018 May #1

With this first novel in a projected trilogy, historian Borman (The Private Lives of the Tudors; Thomas Cromwell) depicts the life of Lady Frances Gorges, a courtier of Queen Elizabeth I, and, according to the author, a noted healer. As Frances gets dangerously close to being targeted as a witch by the Privy Seal, Lord Cecil, she finds a friend in newly crowned King James's daughter, the precocious Princess Elizabeth, for whom she serves as the new lady of the bedchamber. Frances is also deeply drawn to Tom Wintour, a courtier whose gentle manner soon earns her trust. But Tom has secrets that could endanger her and those she holds most dear. The incredibly detailed and vivid narrative transports readers to a time when women were seen as no more than a commodity to be traded, and conspiracy loomed in every corner. VERDICT This engaging page-turner is enhanced by flawless prose and an absorbing plot, making it a perfect choice for fans of historical fiction and post-Tudor England. [See Prepub Alert, 1/18/18.]—Adriana Delgado, Palm Beach Cty. Lib., Loxahatchee, FL

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