Review – The Queen’s Scribe

This is the third book in the series and I’ve read all three, as well as the author’s previous books, so you can tell I’m a fan! This is a fabulous evocation of a forgotten place and a forgotten era, and Estelle, the main character, is brave, resourceful and intelligent. Sent by her father to the court in Cyprus, she soon realises she has been dropped into a nest of vipers, and must use her wits to survive all the machinations of the court. Jacco, the bastard son, is intent on becoming ruler, and overthrowing the Queen’s rule. At first the Queen is reluctant to trust Estelle as her view of her has been poisoned, but through her knowledge of French and her ability to translate between the Queen ad her French husband, Estelle slowly wins her round. Not only that, but the friendship between the women gives the Queen the confidence to follow her own heart and mind.

As well as a hostile court, Estelle has to navigate an unwanted suitor, and the war that will surely come. In amongst all the skulduggery is a romance between Estelle and Gabriel, who is a falconer and a man of wisdom. At first mistrustful of each other, they are nevertheless drawn together and the reader is rooting for them all the way.

There is a lot going on in this book! Hidden treasure, a castle siege, and plenty of enemies. If you like a story which transports you to another era, but also keeps you nailed to the adventure, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.


A broken promise. A bitter conflict.

And a woman’s elusive chance to love or die.


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, Estelle faces a brutal reckoning for her loyalty to the queen. Will the impossible choice looming ahead be her doom—or her salvation?

With this richly-told 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.

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 Review

Amy Maroney is the author of the award-winning Miramonde Series, the story of a Renaissance-era female artist and the modern day scholar on her trail.


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Author Bio:

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 Amazon-bestselling historical mystery trilogy about a Renaissance-era female artist and the modern-day scholar on her trail. Amy’s award-winning historical adventure/romance series, Sea and Stone Chronicles, is set in medieval Rhodes and Cyprus.

An enthusiastic advocate for independent publishing, Amy is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and the Historical Novel Society.

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