Mantle of Malice (The Tudor Enigma #3) by April Taylor
Once more Luke Ballard, Privy Inquirer to Henry IX and a Dominus Elemancer, battles the powers of the Custodes Tenebris, magical forces of evil seeking to control England. Even as Queen Madeline is being crowned dark forces kidnap baby Arthur, the Prince of Wales and future king.
Those same dark powers seek to isolate Luke and cut off the support of his friends and associates.
Rob and Alys are dragged away to the tower. Master Dufay and the dowager Queen Anne's powers, both elemancers, seem disrupted.
Luke is blindsided by the lovely Blanche Gilbert, to the dismay of his friends. All Luke's normal caution seems to have deserted him where Blanche is concerned. A rift seems likely between him and his household and Queen Anne's maid Mistress Paige.
Luke catches the eye of powerful people, Dudley, Northumberland and Cramer.
His investigations stall, are thwarted and derailed. He comes under attack and is wounded.
Relationships are renewed and relationships are damaged. His past intrudes on the present. Luke battles on groping through the mist of misdirection and attack.
Another excellent addition to the alternative historical intrigue, the Tudor Enigma series.
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