Unicorn's Blood: A Novel

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By the author of Firedrake's Eye: a masterpiece of voice, historical detail, and psychological insight to rival Peter Ackroyd and A. S. Byatt

England in the mid-1580s faced an array of international foes and was torn internally by religious strife. At its center was a slight woman of exceptional intellectual brilliance. Her stature approached that of a deity -- Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. But this icon was more than a reflection of the Queen's personal charisma, it was a political creation, designed to hold a fractious people together.

Unicorn's Blood is about a dangerous secret, the existence of a private diary kept by the Queen as a young princess. Should this stolen journal, embroidered with a unicorn that has a ruby for an eye, fall into the wrong hands, its intimate revelations would destroy the entire edifice of Tudor government.

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"Swiftly moving and deftly woven, this courtly tale is as engrossing as it is improbable--and thus all the more delightful." --The New York Times Book Review

"An accomplished historical thriller...Finney's fictional meditations on Elizabeth's iconic womanhood not only bring Elizabeth alive--they make England's greatest queen an object of sympathy and even identification." --Publishers Weekly

"In all, a roaring good tale, with a poetic sensibility and judicious sense of humanity at its core." --Kirkus Reviews

"A peerless period novel, Unicorn's Blood is worth a queen's ransom. To paraphrase the Bard: excellence, they name is Finney." --Orlando Sentinel

"Masterfully written and researched...a witty, brilliant, hot-blooded tale." --Portsmouth Herald

"Brilliant, original and wonderfully written." --Women's Review of Books

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Patricia Finney attended Oxford, where she read history. Her first novel, A Shadow of Gulls, won the prestigious David Higham award. Unicorn's Blood is her fourth novel. She lives in England.

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