The Assassin's Prayer : Mistress of the Art of Death Paperback
Part of the Adelia Aguilar series
Adelia Aguilar is to accompany 10-year-old Princess Joanna on her thousand-mile journey to marry the King of Sicily.
They must take with them the legendary sword Excalibur. And so Adelia sets sail with the golden princess and her lavish procession of nobles, musicians, servants, laundresses, grooms, luggage and treasure.
But when members of the procession begin to die and it looks as though Adelia is to blame, there are dangerous accusations of witchcraft.
Meanwhile one traveller, armed with a brilliant disguise and a personal vendetta, has been watching Adelia all too closely.
He wants Adelia dead ...but he wants her to suffer first.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 18/08/2011
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780553824148
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Review by Helenliz
I didn't read this in order (only read the first) but there's enough information in here that you catch up pretty quickly. Adelia is a Sicilian woman trained as a doctor in the middle ages who finds herself at the beck & call of Henry II. She's accompanied by a muslim eunuch, has a bishop as a lover and they have a child. her best friend is a fen woman who has a relationship with the eunuch. All sounds a bit unlikely, but from that somewhat unlikely surmise a good story flows. In this installment, she is ordered, by the king, to accompany his daughter Joanna as she travels to Sicily to marry its Norman king. On the way they come across a number of adventures, not least that caused by a man who blames Adelia for his soul mate's death a few years only. We hear from Scarry in his thoughts, and a very unusual place they are too, but don't know which of them he is until the very last page. It's a lively slice of middle ages Europe and has some bold adventures, a varied set of characters and is quite good fun as a read.