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Lucy's Blade
by John Lambshead
Publisher: Baen Books

Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth's Secretary of State, was the greatest spymaster the world had ever seen. But when he asked Dr. Dee to summon a demon the result was unexpected, especially for his orphaned niece Lucy. Sir Francis' duty as her guardian was to find Lucy a suitably aristocratic husband, not to let her fight demons and witchcraft for the Queen's Secret Service. But his—and Lucy's—duty to protect Queen and country from enemies both natural and supernatural kept getting in the way. And so did all those demons . . .

About the Author

Dr. John Lambshead is senior research scientist in marine biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London. He is also the Visiting Chair at Southampton University, Oceanography, and Regent's Lecturer, University of California. He has authored almost a hundred academic/scientific publications. In their special 2000 millennium edition, London's Evening Standard newspaper nominated him as one of London's top 100 "unknown thinkers" for his scientific research. He has kept sane by writing military history books and designing computer and fantasy games, and designed the world's first icon-driven game, based on Frederick Forsyth's movie, The Fourth Protocol. He is married, lives in Kent in southern England, and is putting two daughters through university, so he really needs you to go out and buy his books.

Published: 5/1/2007
SKU: 1416521216
Ebook Price: $6.99


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1. Jay on 10/8/2013, said:

Fantastic! I read it the first time just after it was published and for the third time this week. I have been waiting for years now for a sequel! Hopefully there will be one eventually; much was implied in the ending and it seems to leave room for many more tales of the adventures of Lucy and her "inner demon".
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2. Gary on 3/22/2013, said:

Read this after Wolf Shadow....Liked both of them, maybe this one a bit more. Either way what great and fun books....please write more with these characters...or at least continue with Alice and Hammond!
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3. David on 1/18/2013, said:

Good read.
But the EPUB was bad(rating 2 out of 5); missing section breaks. The changes between plot lines are missing. A paragraph from sub-plot A is immediately followed by a sub-plot B paragraph. Sub plots are not mixed up, just there is no visual separation at all.
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4. Elizabeth on 1/14/2011, said:

This is a good alternate history where magic works. The religious issues from the "demon's" point of view are amusing as well. I would like more in the same universe. I would also like more by this author whether it is a sequel or not.
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5. R. Lee on 4/11/2008, said:

Well done. Excellent historical background. Sir Francis Walsingham is well portrayed.
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6. Alexander on 3/10/2008, said:

Half-demon girl fighting evil, somehow managing to sound wise and silly at the same time... Wasn't it done already? No, not quite, - Lucy is NOT just Buffy cloned, although similarities definitely are here.

There are definitely stylistic issues here and there (like mid-chapter changes of point of view or not quite warranted for lectures on history of England), but fortunately they don't stop the book from being fun to read.
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7. Doug on 12/1/2007, said:

First hit way out of the park, excellent book, and, yeah (like everyone else says) back to the salt mines..er... word processor of choice Mr.Lambshead!

Seriously, was a bit um "wha?? for chapter 1, push thru that, ohhh shiny! Tastes like metal.. hooklike..." etc etc and suddenly done with the book. Great stuff!
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8. Peter on 10/10/2007, said:

There's a short story in the same universe, published in Baen's Universe magazine:

http://www.baens-universe.com/articles/As_Black_As_Hell

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9. Jeff on 6/15/2007, said:

This is a GREAT BOOK, best of genre! (i.e. Raj Whitehall Series, Belisarius Saga). I think it would boarder on criminal neglect not to have a sequel or dozen. I can hardly wait to see what Lilith and Alice get into.
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10. William on 4/30/2007, said:

Technomagic rules! Historical Swashbuckler meets Super Science. A moderately paced "coming-of-age" story deals with Lady Lucy Dennys, niece of Sir Francis Walsingham, during the reign of Elizabeth 1st, Queen of England. Lucy and her young friend Lilith, a rather special female, have several daring adventures as they take up unwomanly pursuits such as saving the Queen of England. Just like _Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone_(HPatPS), a lot of exposition is carried out by talking to the innocent lead characters, Lucy and Lilith. Similar to HPatPS, there is several action sequences and a final climax. Lucy is also very highly regarded, as was Harry Potter "The Boy Who Lived". Unlike HPatPS, this is a smaller tale, with a tighter cast of characters. _Lucy's Blade_ also has a more serious tone like Ian Fleming's _Casino Royale (2006)_. _Lucy's Blade_ does a good job of wrapping up most loose ends, while leaving the door wide open for more books if the author wishes a series. I think the author should leave it as a stand alone volume.

First read 4 of 5, reread 2 of 5, future RPG reference 3 of 5.
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