Book Spotlight: The Queen’s Scribe by Amy Maroney

The story behind the book:

In 1458, the fifteen-year-old, widowed Queen Charlotta ascended the throne of the Kingdom of Cyprus. Two years later, she moved her supporters into the seaside fortress of Kyrenia, where they withstood a siege by her power-hungry half-brother, Jacco. When her second husband Louis of Savoy proved a weak leader, Queen Charlotta voyaged without him across the Mediterranean, entreating allies to help save her crown.

Landmarks of Cyprus island – old medieval fortress castle in Kyrenia, Turkish part

Author Amy Maroney discovered this extraordinary young woman while doing research for the Sea and Stone Chronicles, a collection of novels set in medieval Rhodes and Cyprus. Like so many other women of the past, Queen Charlotta has languished for centuries in the shadows of history. With The Queen’s Scribe,Amy Maroney hopes to bring her astonishing story back to life.

The Queen’s Scribe by Amy Maroney

A broken promise. A bitter conflict. And a woman’s elusive chance to love or die.

1458. Young Frenchwoman Estelle de Montavon sails to Cyprus imagining a bright future as tutor to a princess. Instead, she is betrayed by those she loves most—and forced into a dangerous new world of scheming courtiers, vicious power struggles, and the terrifying threat of war.

Determined to flee, Estelle enlists the help of an attractive and mysterious falconer. But on the eve of her escape, fortune’s wheel turns again. She gains entry to Queen Charlotta’s inner circle as a trusted scribe and interpreter, fighting her way to dizzying heights of influence.

Enemies old and new rise from the shadows as Estelle navigates a royal game of cat and mouse between the queen and her powerful half-brother, who wants the throne for himself.

When war comes to the island, she faces a brutal reckoning for her loyalty to the queen. Will the impossible choice looming ahead be Estelle’s doom—or her salvation?

With this richly-old story of courage, loyalty, and the sustaining power of love, Amy Maroney brings a mesmerizing and forgotten world to vivid life. The Queen’s Scribe is a stand-alone novel in the Sea and Stone Chronicles collection.

About the Author

Amy Maroney studied English Literature at Boston University and worked for many years as a writer and editor of nonfiction. She lives in Oregon, U.S.A. with her family. When she’s not diving down research rabbit holes, she enjoys hiking, dancing, traveling, and reading. Amy is the author of The Miramonde Series, an award-winning historical fiction trilogy about a Renaissance-era female artist and the modern-day scholar on her trail. Her new historical suspense series, Sea and Stone Chronicles, is set in medieval Rhodes and Cyprus.

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Praise for the Sea and Stone Chronicles:

Island of Gold is a nimbly told story with impeccable pacing.”
~ Historical Novel Society, Editor’s Choice Review

Sea of Shadows is stunning. A compelling tale of love, honor, and conviction.”
~ Reader’s Favorite 5-Star Review

The Queen’s Scribe is a fantastic read, and as a lover of accurate historical romance, I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
~ Reader’s Favorite 5-Star Review

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