The Confusion

(The Baroque Cycle #2)

The Confusion (Paperback, 2005, Arrow Books)

Paperback, 818 pages

English language

Published Jan. 1, 2005 by Arrow Books.

5 stars (1 review)

It is the late 1600s, on the high seas. A group of Barbary galley slaves plot as they ply the oars of a pirate ship, hatching a scheme to find a cache of Spanish gold. Amazingly, they succeed — leaving behind some very unhappy men who vow to hunt down the vagabonds and bring them to justice, no matter what the cost.

Meanwhile, back in France, Eliza — toast of Versailles and spy extraordinaire — attempts to return to London with her baby, a child whose paternity is shrouded in mystery. Making her way home, her ship is stopped by a French privateer and she is returned to the French court. Thrown back into a web of international intrigue, Eliza must contend with all manner of characters, including buccaneers, poisoners, Jesuits, financial manipulators, and even a stray cryptographer or two…