Lucy’s Blade by John Lambshead
Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster, has asked Dr. John Dee to summon a demon so he can ask it questions about who is threatening the queen. Just as the demon arrives, though, something goes wrong and the demon jumps into the body of Lady Lucy Dennys, Walsingham’s pretty ward. The demon, who calls herself Lilith, endows Lucy with superpowers, so when England is threatened by malevolent forces, Lucy starts kicking ass in her petticoats.
I like the premise and plot of John Lambshead’s Lucy’s Blade and its science-fantasy twist on where demons come from (Lilith is a future being who comes to Earth to study her ancestors). I also like the Elizabethan setting. The characters were mostly well done, especially Queen Elizabeth (I wish we had spent more time with her — she was a great character), Walsingham’s secretary Simon Tunstall, and the pirate Will... Read More
John Lambshead(1952- )
Dr. John Lambshead is a marine zoologist with London’s Natural History Museum. He edits the journal Biogeography and has been named one of London’s Top 100 Thinkers by The London Evening Standard. He also writes game books and he writes short stories for Jim Baen’s Universe.
Lucy’s Blade by John Lambshead
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