Review: The Secret World of Chrisoval Alvarez

The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez (The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez Book 1)The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez by Ann Swinfen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Treason and political intrigue in the time of Queen Elizabeth, from the perspective of a young person caught up in the machinations of Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth’s chief spy and protector.

Though a physician by training, young Christoval Alvarez (known as Kit), a refugee from Portugal, becomes involved in the breaking of codes, and other activities, that are part of Walsingham’s armoury that he uses to protect the Queen and England from the attempts by others – in this case, traitors who are conspiring with Mary, Queen of Scots – to murder the sovereign and return England to the bosom of the Catholic Church.

Secrets abound in this novel, not only at the level of the State but also for Kit, secrets that complicate life for Kit in the continuing efforts to work both as a physician and as an assistant to Walsingham and Walsingham’s broad range of cooperators.

This is an engaging and entertaining story and a first in a series. It comes with all the initial character development that you would expect in the first volume in a longing series. I look forward to continuing the journey with young Kit.

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