"As long as Denmark looks backward, there will be bloodshed."
It is December of 1601. Soren Andersmann, the Danish court astrologer, has smuggled a trunk full of poisons, daggers, and a venomous snake into the royal castle at Elsinore. Soren knows nothing of the assassin's trade, but he has sworn to be the instrument of vengeance: King Christian IV has murdered Soren's mentor and spiritual father, Tycho Brahe, the most famous astronomer the world has known, and Soren will see justice done.
A murder in Denmark? A plot to kill a king?
The Astrologer takes us into a world that is recognizably historical (Europe ruled by the sword, civilization held in place by violence and blind loyalty), is recognizably Shakespearean (a prince, a revenge plot, a play-within-a-play), yet is a world all its own. Kings and queens are yet divine beings, but science is about to be born, and men are learning to think for themselves. In 1601, a man who thinks for himself is a dangerous man. Soren Andersmann, the astrologer, is about to become a dangerous man.
REVIEWS AND OTHER MATERIAL ABOUT THE ASTROLOGER:
- Read Dr David Myers' review here. Dr Myers was Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University.
- Read Loren Eaton's review here. Loren is a novelist and reader.
- Read Mel Ulm's review here. Mel is a reader/reviewer/publisher.
- Read Dr Miriam Burstein's thoughtful and spoiler-filled analysis here. Dr Burstein is Associate Professor of English at SUNY Brockport.
PRAISE FOR THE ASTROLOGER:
The Astrologer is a marvelous story of fierce revenge and murder as staggering as the constellations above. I simply couldn’t look away. A vivid debut!
--Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of The Breakaway and Monarch
It’s elegant, it’s sly, it’s funny as all hell, and the unreliable narrator is both heroic and heartbreaking; a poignant embodiment of the Enlightenment fairy tales our society likes to tell itself.
--Tara Maya, author of The Unfinished Song and Conmergence
A philosophic stunner that evokes the wintry islands of Beowulf and the castles of Hamlet. Set in the predawn of the Enlightenment, Bailey’s stargazing protagonist struggles against the dark forces that forever keep us ignorant. Haunting, expansive, poetic, and it has sword fights.
--Layne Maheu, author of Song of the Crow
If you, like any red-blooded human being with an unquenchable love for both the science of the cosmos and spine-crushing, gore-spewing violence, prefer to have your 17th century Danish astronomical historical fiction infused with swordfights, explosions, court intrigues, assassination plots, adultery, psychotic nutcases, bears, midgets, and a Shakespearean flair for multifarious backstabbing murder-fests, The Astrologer is going to blow your mind like Tycho Brahe blew the hell out of Aristotle’s antiquated belief in an unchanging celestial realm.
--Ben Thompson, author of the BADASS series
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: MDA Books; 2nd edition (March 21, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
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(Read the first chapters here.)