An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason


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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.7 X 1.3 X 8.4 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Virginia Boecker is the author of The Witch Hunter series and An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason. A graduate of the University of Texas, she had a decade-long career in technology before quitting to become a full-time writer. When she isn't writing, Virginia likes running, reading, traveling, and trying new things (most recently: learning to drive a boat). She has lived all over the world but currently resides in beautiful Lake Oswego, Oregon with her husband, children, a dog called George and a cat named Thomas.


Praise for The Witch Hunter and The King Slayer A YALSA 2016 Teens Top Ten Nominee* "An explosive cocktail of high-stakes adventure... "--PW (starred review)
"This book is perfect for lovers of Cashore's Graceling and Maas's Throne of Glass...."--VOYA
"A fun, corpse-ridden, blood-drenched debut."--April Tucholke, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
"Sassy and smart, this page-turning fantasy is full of action, wit, and magic. I ate it up in one sitting and demand!"--Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe and The Body Electric
Praise for An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason A Kirkus 2018 Best Book of the Year
"An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason is a thrilling, immersive romp through Shakespeare's London, and all the intrigue, alliances, and politics that shaped it. Helmed by two feisty leading players who I fell in love with as they fell for each other, and with snappy, energetic prose that will appeal to both fans of historicals and contemporaries, there's something here for everyone. I devoured this book with ravenous joy. Bravo!"--Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
* "A scrumptious slice of history. The conflicts of religion, sexuality, class, and gender identity are apropos to contemporary times. Victor, Victoria and Shakespeare in Love: Meet your thrilling new sister. Or brother."--Kirkus (starred review)
"Between its harrowing start and nail-biting conclusion, Boecker (The King Slayer) creates complex characters and a rich historical setting in a story that explores religious extremism, self-identity, and the blindness of love."--Publishers Weekly
"A satisfying blend of early modern spycraft and stagecraft...suspense and romance...[A] breathless, satisfying romp."--BCCB
"A fast-paced historical mystery rich in period detail that also explores gender and sexuality. A great buy."--SLJ
"Shatters gender stereotypes...Historical fiction meets young adult literature in this suspenseful story about two "star-crossed" lovers who face seemingly insurmountable odds to be together."--VOYA
"[Virginia Boecker] paints a thrilling picture of Tudor England with all the intrigue, romance, and danger a lover of historical fiction could want."-- Sharon Biggs Waller, author of The Forbidden Orchid and A Mad, Wicked Folly
"Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason is an engrossing story of love and intrigue, with a rich atmosphere that takes you back in time and a cast of historical characters that stay with you long after you've finished. I couldn't put it down!"--Alexis Bass, author of Love and Other Theories
"Assassins, spies, a forbidden romance, a plot to kill the queen, and secrets aplenty--all centering around Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Be still my Shakespeare-loving fangirl heart."--Angela Mann, Kepler's Books, Menlo Park CA
"An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason is the Shakespeare book I've been waiting for. Boecker cleverly intertwines classic Shakespearean tropes with a story that feels fresh and original. In addition to revolving around Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, it has the spirit and fun of A Knight's Tale and a charm all its own. It instantly found a place on my all time favorites shelf."--Rachel Strolle, Anderson's Bookshop Naperville