Books by Patricia Finney

Released: May 1, 2007

"An author's note provides background on the real dogs and cats who served as the models for the characters in the story, and a glossary of 'Jackspeak' helps the reader translate Jack's language into more familiar terms. (Fiction. 9-11)"
This sequel to I, Jack (2004) continues the first-person narrative format in the unique canine-centered style of the previous volume, though this breathless narration wears thin in such a long story. Read full book review >
I, JACK by Patricia Finney
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Includes an author's note and a glossary of 'Jackspeak.' (Fiction. 8-11)"
This dog story with a difference is written in first-person narrative from the viewpoint of Jack, a yellow Lab who lives with a family with three children and three cats. Read full book review >
GLORIANA’S TORCH by Patricia Finney
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Ambitious, engrossing, full of melodramatic thunder."
A richly imagined answer to a vexing question: Why did the mighty ships of the Spanish Armada fail in their mission? Read full book review >
UNICORN'S BLOOD by Patricia Finney
Released: Feb. 18, 1998

"A hot-blooded, noisy cast, including the great Queen; shudderingly graphic details of torture chambers and executions; and an exhilarating facsimile of the grandeur and grunge of Elizabethan London: in all, a roaring good tale, with a poetic sensibility and judicious sense of humanity at its core."
Another gutsy, dagger-flashing, chain-rattling, wit-wrestling tale of danger, dark agonies, and royal power-plays, by Finney (The Firedrake's Eye, 1992, etc.), again centered in the 16th-century reign of that complex, brilliant, and terrifying Tudor, Elizabeth I of England. Read full book review >
THE FIREDRAKE'S EYE by Patricia Finney
Released: June 1, 1992

"In all: just fine. (And there's an invaluable list of characters with real personages starred.)"
By the author of two superior adventures set in Roman Britain (A Shadow of Gulls, 1977; The Crow Goddess, 1979), a splendid Elizabethan cat-and-mouse, spy-and-chase tale based on real events of 1583, and featuring dazzling, death-teasing principals surrounding a Spanish plot to assassinate Elizabeth I. Spies and counterspies, warriors, poets and poet madmen, pawns and populace- -all speak here in a diction remarkably echoing with the flavor of an earlier English—gamy, efficient, unobtrusive, unblemished by sprinklings of ``i` faith'' or other cribbings from the Bard. Read full book review >