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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Peacock’s Eye by Jay Lewis Taylor

The Peacock’s Eye by Jay Lewis Taylor
Gay Historical Fiction
Publisher: Manifold Press (May 1, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: The Peacock’s Eye

Philip Standage – half-Italian, Catholic, Kit Marlowe’s last lover – is one of the Admiral’s Players, the company that rivals Shakespeare’s. Once Nick Hanham wheedles his way in to the Rose theatre, Philip even has an apprentice to share his secure life. Secure, that is, until he is caught up in Sir Robert Cecil’s plans for the future of England, and more than England.

The last years of Elizabeth’s reign gleam light and dark like a coin spinning beside a flame: wealth and dirt, glory and revolt, high poetry and bloody murder. In this uncertain world nothing is what it seems, least of all men, least of all love. Who can Philip rely on? And if he makes the wrong choice, who can save him?

One of the best historical novels I've read in a while. The author captured late Elizabethan London perfectly. I could almost smell the ambience. Research has been flawless as far as I could tell. The tale was little rambling and diverting from its main storyline, but it was forgiveable to explore the reality of the MC's 16th-century England. Interesting plot line.

Maybe not for everyone, but for a true lover of historical the best you can wish for; wonderful old style writing, good and reasonable plot, beautiful characters, all of them. I wish I could go back there to meet them.

Incredibly detail-dense and yet excellently characterized historical romance. Best I’ve read in a long time.

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