Monday, August 17, 2015

Book Review: Maid of Wonder by Jennifer McGowan

Members of the Vise Library were selected to review Maid of Wonder.  We received a copy of Jennifer McGowan's book for an honest review.

About the book:

Sophia must master her psychic ability if she is to save the life of Queen Elizabeth and her fellow maids from a dark prophecy, in this third book of the Maids of Honor series

Sophia Dee, the most unusual spy of Queen Elizabeth’s Maids of Honor, has run out of time for her psychic skills to fully manifest. A terrible new prophecy haunts Windsor Castle, and the Queen demands answers before the next doomed soul dies.

Thrust into a dangerous and horrifying competition to solve the deadly prediction, Sophia finds herself pitted against the most celebrated mystics of Europe: John Dee, her devious uncle and the Queen’s personal astrologer, and Nostradamus, the renowned prophet-seer of France.

In a court where whispers of witchcraft, poisonous plots, and grim assassins threaten her at every turn, Sophia needs answers fast. But does she dare trust Marcus Quinn, her uncle’s striking and overambitious assistant? Or, instead, should she turn to the tortured dark angel of the spirit realm, who whispers to her only of sorrow and death?

As new dangers surface and the dire prophecy sweeps toward its final victim, the five Maids of Honor prepare to do battle. Only then will the girl who so often sees the future finally discover if she can save the Crown—and herself.
Maid of Wonder is the third book in McGowan's series about maids that serve Queen Elizabeth I.  Each one of the maids has a special ability and this one is about Sophie and her gift.  Sophie has developed quite a bit since we last saw her.  She is still a bit timid, but she is able to see the future and communicate with angels.  I do like that in this book you are able to find out more about Sophie and her personality.  She is struggling to find proof that Elizabeth is in danger, but Sophie knows the Queen has someone that wants to harm her.  I liked that Sophie has met her match (literally and figuratively) in Marcus.  Like the other books in this series, I enjoyed reading about the time period and seeing how Elizabeth is portrayed.  Of course, I continue to love the female spy aspect of this book.  I am excited to see what is in store for the other maids!

The Vise Library does own the other two books in this series: Maid of Secrets & Maid of Deception.  To find more information out about these books, click on the book's title.  Look for Maid of Wonder next month!
Buy the book:
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      Parnassus Books

About the author:

Jennifer McGowan was born in Ohio, grew up in Montana, and studied in Paris. She has held numerous writing jobs over the years, but author is by far her favorite. A past Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner, Jenn is the author of the Maids of Honor series, which currently includes Maid of Secrets (2013), A Thief Before Christmas (2013), and Maid of Deception (2014). She lives and writes in Ohio, and you can connect with her online at, find her on twitter via @Jenn_McGowan, or visit her Facebook page at

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