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An enthralling novel of mystery, adventure and romanceBefore his death in 1609, the brilliant Elizabethan spy, astrologer and mathematician John Dee hid many of his papers, believing that the world was not prepared for the ideas they held. In spring 2003, Dees many times great granddaughter and final holder of the secret was forced to pass the enigmatic legacy to one of her two sons. Diana chose her passionate, tempestuous younger boy, leaving a tiny silver key with a note: For Will, when he is something, or someone, that he is not now. "Summer 2003: While seriously ill Lucy King awaits heart surgery in London, Will travels Europe seeking to decipher the clues in the ancient document, and find a lock to fit the key. It is a search which will leave him and Lucy inextricably linked. But Will is not the only one trying to reach the truth at the heart of the Rose Labyrinth
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Born and educated in Sydney, Australia, Titania Hardie is the highly successful author of distinctive books on folklore, magic and divination, and the childrens series, The Frangipani Fairies". Best known for her television appearances on This Morning with Richard & Judy and The Paul OGrady Show, Titania is a serious student of esoteria. She has first class honours degrees in psychology and English, and was awarded the Chatterton bursary for post-graduate study at Bristol University, where she is currently completing her MA on the Romantic Poets. The Rose Labyrinth" is her first novel. Titania lives in Somerset with her husband and daughters.

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Queen Elizabeth's astrologer had a secret. As told by a third-generation white witch; with a six-city tour. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

'A gripping and adventurous tale...bewitching' -- Woman 20080331 'Pacy action...a real page-turner' -- Bath Chronicle 20080327 'Packed with well-researched references this literary labyrinth never fails to surprise and entertain...a fascinating debut' -- North West Evening Mail 20080329 'A fascinating fictional debut' -- Irish Examiner 20080329 'A compelling page-turner' -- Bolton Evening News 20080329 'Part thriller, part historical novel and part treasure hunt, this is a compelling page-turner' -- Glasgow Evening Times 20080329 'Sydney's Titania Hardie is a student of esoteria and her studies into Renaissance and Elizabethan magi such as Giardano Bruno and John Dee provide a solid and compelling framework for this novel' -- Herald Sun, Melbourne 20080329 'Packed with well-researched references, this literary labyrinth never fails to surprise and entertain as the reader and characters embark on a thrilling adventure! A fascinating debut' -- Eastern Daily Press 20080329

When Lucy King receives a heart transplant, she gets more than a new ticker--she gets the memories, friends and quest of donor Will Stafford, descendant of Queen Elizabeth's spiritual adviser, John Dee. Soon, Lucy's on the trail of a secret protected by generations of Dee's heirs. Unfortunately, ruthless fundamentalists pursue, convinced that Dee's secret holds the key to the Rapture. A softer, semifeminist riff on The Da Vinci Code, Hardie's debut is richly woven, drawing on sources ranging from Elizabethan mysticism to computer games; the intricacy of the quest will pull readers in, but the story loses steam before coasting to a disappointing end. Hardie falls victim to some of the same pitfalls as Brown, letting interesting background material devolve into dry recitation and fact-combing. Further, her characters are almost all kindly, whip-smart do-gooders or swaggering bad guys, and Hardie is reticent to put her heroes in real danger (lest it interfere with their research). She blurs the lines between faith and reason cleverly, but her labyrinth of exposition will probably wear out readers before they find the exit. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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