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Book Review: The Locksmiths Daughter by Karen Brooks.


What if the key to your heart lies in your enemy’s hands?

In a world where no one can be trusted and secrets are currency, one woman stands without fear. 

Mallory Bright is the only daughter of London’s master locksmith. For her there is no lock too elaborate, no secret too well kept. Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster and protector of Queen Elizabeth – the last of the Tudor monarchs – and her realm, is quick to realise Mallory’s talent and draws her into his world of intrigue, danger and deception. With her by his side, no scheme in England or abroad is safe from discovery; no plot secure.

But Mallory’s loyalty wavers when she witnesses the execution of three Jesuit priests, a punishment that doesn’t fit their crime. When Mallory discovers the identity of a Catholic spy and a conspiracy that threatens the kingdom, she has to make a choice – between her country and her heart. 

Mallory, however, carries her own dark secrets and is about to learn those being kept from her – secrets that could destroy those she loves.

Once Sir Francis’s greatest asset, Mallory is fast becoming his worst threat … and everyone knows there’s only one way Sir Francis deals with those.


This an absolutely fantastic book that keeps readers gripped to the edge of their seats throughout. A definite page turner. Karen Brooks has written an amazing novel set in Elizabethan England which richly descriptive capturing the era perfectly. The novel is written in first person and we follow Mallory Bright into a fantastic adventure.

I love how in a time of such oppression for women Mallory still fights for what she feels is right. She has to make some really difficult decisions and it is hard to tell in some places what she will really do!

The only difficulty I felt this book had was the slow pace at the start. However, once past this I found it to be something well worth reading.

Overall, I have to say that I enjoyed this novel authored by the fantastic Karen Brooks, and would recommend to adults enjoy the historical fantasy genre. I give this book a rating of 7.5/10 stars.


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