Title: The Rose Labyrinth In a Beautiful Gift Slip.
Publisher: Atria November 2008
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Good (G)
Edition: First Edition.
Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. First Edition, First printing. Atria Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Gift box book in pictorial slip case, A riddle to unravel, a legacy to unheart, a heart to mend. When Lucy King receives a heart transplant, she gets more than a new ticker she gets the memories, friends and quest of donor Will Stafford, descendant of Queen Elizabeth's spiritual adviser, John Dee. Soon, Lucy's on the trail of a secret protected by generations of Dee's heirs. Unfortunately, ruthless fundamentalists pursue, convinced that Dee's secret holds the key to the Rapture. A softer, semifeminist riff on The Da Vinci Code, Hardie's debut is richly woven, drawing on sources ranging from Elizabethan mysticism to computer games; the intricacy of the quest will pull readers in, but the story loses steam before coasting to a disappointing end. Hardie falls victim to some of the same pitfalls as Brown, letting interesting background material devolve into dry recitation and fact-combing. Further, her characters are almost all kindly, whip-smart do-gooders or swaggering bad guys, and Hardie is reticent to put her heroes in real danger (lest it interfere with their research). She blurs the lines between faith and reason cleverly, but her labyrinth of exposition will probably wear out readers before they find the exit. Bookseller Inventory # 6974
Synopsis: An enthralling novel of mystery, adventure and romanceBefore his death in 1609, the brilliant Elizabethan spy, astrologer and mathematician John Dee hid many of his papers, believing that the world was not prepared for the ideas they held. In spring 2003, Dees many times great granddaughter and final holder of the secret was forced to pass the enigmatic legacy to one of her two sons. Diana chose her passionate, tempestuous younger boy, leaving a tiny silver key with a note: For Will, when he is something, or someone, that he is not now. "Summer 2003: While seriously ill Lucy King awaits heart surgery in London, Will travels Europe seeking to decipher the clues in the ancient document, and find a lock to fit the key. It is a search which will leave him and Lucy inextricably linked. But Will is not the only one trying to reach the truth at the heart of the Rose Labyrinth
Product Description: An enthralling novel of mystery and adventure Before his death in 1609, the brilliant Elizabethan spy and astrologer John Dee hid his most astonishing secrets, trusting his descendants would one day bring them to light. That time has come. In 2003, Will Stafford inherits a strange legacy from his mother: a key and an ancient script with an enigmatic note. Intrigued, he travels Europe seeking answers toDee's riddles, unaware that someone is following every move. Back inLondon, Lucy King becomes entangled in Will's cryptic labyrinth. As its mysterious twists take her fromFrance toNew York, and from literature to myth, in search of its hidden treasure, she has never been closer to the truth, nor in graver danger.
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