Published by Balzer + Bray on May 3rd 2016
Six years have passed since England’s King Charles II returned from exile to reclaim the throne, ushering in a new era of stability for his subjects.
Except for Elizabeth Milton. The daughter of notorious poet John Milton, Elizabeth has never known her place in this shifting world—except by her father’s side. By day she helps transcribe his latest masterpiece, the epic poem Paradise Lost, and by night she learns languages and sword fighting. Although she does not dare object, she suspects that he’s training her for a mission whose purpose she cannot fathom.
Until one night the reason becomes clear: the king’s man arrive at her family’s country home to arrest her father. Determined to save him, Elizabeth follows his one cryptic clue and journeys to Oxford, accompanied by her father’s mysterious young houseguest, Antonio Vivani, a darkly handsome Italian scientist who surprises her at every turn. Funny, brilliant, and passionate, Antonio seems just as determined to protect her father as she is—but can she trust him with her heart?
When the two discover that Milton has planted an explosive secret in the half-finished Paradise Lost—a secret the king and his aristocratic supporters are desperate to conceal—Elizabeth is faced with a devastating choice: cling to the shelter of her old life or risk cracking the code, unleashing a secret that could save her father…and tear apart the very fabric of society.
Anne Blankman has a new book coming out in May 2016 and I absolutely cannot wait!
You’ll remember that I adored Anne’s first two books in the Prisoner of Night and Fog duology. I also hosted Anne on the blog twice, and she is both an amazing author and a lovely person!
Basically, anything she writes will be a book I simply MUST READ! And the premise of her newest title sounds amazingly fabulous. It’s another historical read—and listen to this…it includes the daughter of the poet, John Milton! Elizabeth is helping her father to transcribe the epic poem, Paradise Lost, but that’s not the only thing that makes her awesome. She is multi-lingual and a SWORD FIGHTER! There’s a secret at the heart of this book and what sounds like a gripping adventure and mystery.
It’s two days before Christmas, so I’m really asking Santa to consider dropping this down the chimney—he doesn’t even need to leave anything else. JUST THE BOOK!!