The Spymaster's Daughter

The Spymaster s Daughter In the court of Elizabeth I the daughter of the queen s powerful spymaster becomes a secret agent and plays a dangerous role in saving her country from its ruthless enemies In Tudor England traitor
  • Title: The Spymaster's Daughter
  • Author: Jeane Westin
  • ISBN: 9780451237026
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Spymaster's Daughter
    In the court of Elizabeth I, the daughter of the queen s powerful spymaster becomes a secret agent, and plays a dangerous role in saving her country from its ruthless enemies.In Tudor England, traitors are everywhere and the queen s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, is assembling the greatest intelligence gathering network in the world Walsingham s only daughter, Lady FrIn the court of Elizabeth I, the daughter of the queen s powerful spymaster becomes a secret agent, and plays a dangerous role in saving her country from its ruthless enemies.In Tudor England, traitors are everywhere and the queen s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, is assembling the greatest intelligence gathering network in the world Walsingham s only daughter, Lady Frances Sidney, is smart, courageous, and unhappy in love She longs for the excitement of decoding encrypted messages and setting traps for those working for rival Mary, Queen of Scots But Frances s father refuses her any opportunity to contribute to the desperate effort of keeping England safe.Then Elizabeth, impressed with Frances s fiery spirit, calls her to court as a lady in waiting, and Frances seizes the chance to prove herself Soon, she wins the trust of her father s de coders and begins her secret work, thrilled with the freedom to test her talents But her peril is compounded as her beauty and wit also attract the romantic attention of two men, one the reckless Earl of Essex and the other her own brilliant but low born servant, Robert Pauley And when Frances uncovers the most dire plot of all, she will risk her father s condemnation, her heart s longing, and her very life to safeguard her queen.
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  • Jeane Westin

    Jeane Westin s professional writing career began with a humourous camping disaster article for her local newspaper National newspaper and magazine articles followed until she moved on to non fiction books and then to long hardback historical novels Jeane s second novel, Swing Sisters came out of her youthful love of jazz, the major record collections she carted about the country and from wondering what women s role was during the early years of that special American music.

  • 158 Comments

  • Characters Fantastic Representation of court intrigue Masterful Random misprint leaving out several paragraphs explaining how the heroine got from trying to put off her unwanted beau to her father s offices Not so great A few other typos decreased my respect for the book.


  • I love novels of historical intrigue and mystery and so was eager to read this one, but I was disappointed The dialogue was forced and unnatural, and it gave the characters a two dimensional feel They didn t come to life for me and I felt like I was seeing their story from a distance, instead of being part of it This is a shame, because the story itself was a well thought out tale, with lots of court intrigue and espionage.It takes place in the period of Elizabeth I s reign where she feels threa [...]


  • The sequences of this book are off entirely It seems as if the editors and the author copied and pasted different sections together Certain sentences were missing nouns or adjectives It made the story fragmented and disjointed I have given up on this entirely I don t care to know the end, it s too much nonsense and poor dialogue to get to the arc near the end Frances saved Roberts life and it took her about 60 minutes to treat his wound You had to wade through all their bantering I glazed over m [...]


  • I loved this book, it had all the right ingredients lots of action, romance, Tudor era, interesting female protagonist who was a real historical figure that I knew very little about I liked the ending, too, because it left the door open to a relationship between them after Essex was executed.


  • Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.Quick Dirty Secrecy in the Elizabethian era proves to be a great weekend read.Opening Sentence At the sound of rapid hoofbeats drawing closer, Frances, Lady Sidney, lifted her head from a forbidden cipher book.The Review As of late, I have fallen back in love with historical fiction When I picked up Jeane Westin s The Spymaster s Daughter, I was immediately drawn to the period it was written in I adore reading about Tudor England, especially ones of Elizabeth [...]


  • Review posted on Dark Faerie Tales.As of late, I have fallen back in love with historical fiction When I picked up Jeane Westin s The Spymaster s Daughter, I was immediately drawn to the period it was written in I adore reading about Tudor England, especially ones of Elizabeth I Westin s promise of intrigue and mystery definitely lured my interest, and I couldn t wait to start reading.Lady Frances Sidney is the daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham, the queen s spymaster Lady Frances takes after he [...]


  • Not my favourite I liked the concept enough to keep pushing through hoping it would get better There were parts of the story I really enjoyed, but it was overshadowed by my annoyance with the writing style or the main character.The writing felt disjointed I m fairly certain there was a whole transition completely skipped over at one point I must have read those couple pages five times trying to figure out when the scene had changed, but finally just accepted it and moved on Other times, it seeme [...]


  • Wonderful A captivating and heart wrenching love story I love how this author gives such depth, and feeling to her characters A fantastic, mesmerizing fictional tale of Frances Walsingham Sidney,as she struggles to find acceptance and equality in the elizabethan man s world of intelligencing As well as finding forbidden love This author is amazing She has scored with every historical fiction book she has written and I have read them in my opinion I cannot wait to see what this author comes up wi [...]


  • I read this book because I m fascinated with the Elizabethian era and Francis Walsingham It s about his daughter, and was very well written except for the habit that Westin had of writing things like, A spymaster s daughter should It was an interesting technique for a while but then got annoying However, I would recommend the book for those wanting to know about women during that period.


  • This is set during the era of Elizabeth I s reign It reminds me quite a bit of Philippa Gregory, but faster paced and less introspective It didn t really do it for me, but it could be I just wasn t in the mood for it The writing was fine, but it didn t transport me into a different time, and I thought the motivation for the main character was a little on the surface level side Maybe it s just that I ve been reading a lot about women trying to break into a man s world lately.


  • I don t usually read much historical fiction from the Tudor period but this was entertaining A good airplane read It takes place during the late 1500s during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I Mary, Queen of Scots, is also involved Frances is the only child of the Queen s spymaster and she longs to be a spy herself She s smart, good at ciphering and the wrong gender There s love, intrigue, danger and duty The story is imagined but most of the characters were real people.


  • Not really sure how to rate this book I enjoyed the story but have trouble suspending my disbelief when it comes to Elizabeth Tudor s time period This trouble prevented me from getting immersed in the plot I guess I have read too many nonfiction books about that fascinating queen and her time Overall, good job to Ms Westin for crafting an entertaining story.


  • while the historical parts are kind of interesting, I guess I m not really into historical fiction before regency england b c I really don t have the patience for how little freedom women had, despite how realistic the portrayal might be also, really depressing ending guess I like a happy ending as much as the next chick


  • for the most part, I enjoyed reading this book Historical fiction taking place in tudor England, a great combo It was ultimately the ending that ruined my enjoyment and lowered my rating The ending felt too rushed as the author tried to end everything in five pages After I read it, I discovered the author based the story on real people and events happening at the time.


  • Update gave up Returned to library unfinished.Kind of bored with the plot and heroine so far Her single minded focus on becoming an intelligencer becomes tedious Still in the first few chapters and may return this one to the library unfinished.


  • A fiction story within the context of a historical period, rather than a fictonalized account of history Difficult to read knowing the relationship between the two main characters was completely made up.


  • A good and enjoyable read All the court intrigue Thought it petered out towards the end but I am known to lose interest when the couple actually gets together Also hate Frances s father All my visuals for this also came from GOT haha not even sure if they were from the same era Ummm


  • I am not usually a fan of love stories of passion loosely wrapped in a story line I enjoyed this read particularly because of the depiction of life at this point in history 1500s Interesting loosely based on true people and events.



  • I enjoy historical fiction and loved the setting of the Elizabethan court for this book It was a quick and easy read, very enjoyable.


  • I liked this book, but there s a major printing mistake right in the middle of the climax It took me completely out of the story.



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