Gambit Declined

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Gambit Declined is the eleventh in a series of Queen of Gondal books and is a quasi-historical AU of the BBC Sherlock series set (more or less) in three fantasy kingdoms devised by the Bronte children. Gambit Declined is set in October 1670, twenty years earlier than the main Gondal/Gaaldine story arc. You might like to refer to their suggested reading order, family trees & series information.

Queen Felicia of Gondal worries over the problems of her inability to conceive a child, the ambitions of Prince James, the heir-presumptive and the problems posed by “that Royal brat”, the fifteen-year-old hostage Sherlock, Prince of Gaaldine.

A shot rings out across an autumnal lake in North-Eastern Gondal. But at whom was the gun truly aimed, and how many decades will it be before its echoes finally die

Warnings: The author chooses not to warn.

Advisory: The time period is the late seventeenth century and readers should bear in mind that this saga contains the doings of a set of supremely dysfunctional more-or-less European Royal families steeped in the “divine right of kings” ideology of monarchy, filtered through an early nineteenth century Romantic/Gothick sensibility and then depicted using the freedom of expression afforded by the early twenty-first century internet.

Furthermore, if the Greek myths contemplated it, some member of the Royal houses of Gondal, Angria or Gaaldine has probably put it into practice somewhere.

Gentle reader, consider yourself advised accordingly.

Acknowledgements:
As every, thanks to caulkhead for betaing. Expert advice on seventeenth century wildfowling provided by sillymouse.

The original central cover image is based upon a photograph of an oil on oak panel painting ‘Setting out on the Hunt’ by Philips Wouwerman, the photograph is by the Web Gallery Of Art.. The original cover background is from a 16th-17th century calligrapic fragment of a lovers lament by an unknown calligrapher, the photograph is by DrFO.Jr.Tn. The fonts used in this book are from the Source Serif Pro font family by Frank Grießhammer.

The photographs were used under license detailed on their respective website pages as at the date of this book publication.*

As usual, Russ from shoes for industry designed the book cover, produced the books and compiled the on-line work.

The opinions, prejudices, faults and spelling herein are all my own work, and I apologise in advance for them.


This novella is rated PG. You might also like to consider other books set in the Sherlock fandom.

- First Edition: 11th Oct 2012
- 2nd Edition: 27th Jan 2013

This work is created as a transformative work on a not-for-profit basis. All rights in the underlying properties are those of their respective holders.


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