Sacred Treason by James Forrester – Review and Giveaway

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About the Book:

Your God. Your Country. Your Kin.
Who Do You Betray?
1563: Anyone could be a suspect; any Catholic could be accused of plotting against the throne. Clarenceux keeps his head down and his religion quiet. But when a friend desperately pleads with Clarenceux to hide a manuscript for him, he is drawn into a web of treachery and conspiracy he may never untangle. Is there no refuge if your faith is your enemy?
Bestselling author Dr. Ian Mortimer, writing as James Forrester, has crafted a chilling, brilliant story that re-imagines how the explosive mix of faith and fear can tear a country apart. Sacred Treason tells a thrilling story of murder, betrayal, and loyalty—and the power of the written word.

About the Author:

James Forrester ( is the pen name of prominent British historian Ian Mortimer, author of bestselling nonfiction works like The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval EnglandSacred Treason combines betrayal and romance with accurate historical detail, bringing to life the sights, sounds, thoughts, and fears of sixteenth-century London.

My Opinion:

Oooh, this one was a rip-roarer. Do not start it right before bed. You will not sleep. In fact I was about two thirds of the way through last night and I stayed up to finish it. I couldn’t stop turning the pages. It’s one of those books that gets your heart pumping!

The hero of the book, Clarenceux is a gentleman, a herald of England and a friend to Queen Elizabeth’s most ardent supporter, Cecil. One night he is approached by a man he has known for years and given a chronicle and some mysterious instructions. This leads him and the man’s widow on a dangerous journey to find the meaning behind the chronicle while being chased by some very anxious followers of Walsingham who is seeing plots and treason everywhere and lying to Cecil along the way.

Clarenceux is a very upright, noble and honest character but he sees all that he knows destroyed by the government he trusts without so much as a conversation. He finds his true self on his journey to discovering the meaning behind the chronicle left in his care.

As I said at the start, this was a page turner. Exciting from start to finish I can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy (I think it’s a trilogy) to come out. It’s a Tudor book without one single appearance by a Tudor so it doesn’t feel like I’ve read it all before. Cecil is wise and Walsingham is downright evil and he just at the beginning of his reign as spymaster.

The book was downright fun if violent to the extreme at times. Trying to figure out the mystery kept me quite enthralled right up to the end. Mr. Forrester is a writer that certainly keeps the action flowing. The characters are well developed and memorable. A book to go on my re-read shelf for sure!

You can purchase Sacred Treason on Sourcebooks

The Giveaway:

One lucky US reader will win a copy of Sacred Treason. How do you win? It’s easy! Just hop on the Rafflecopter. Good luck everyone.

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of Sacred Treason gratis from Sourcebooks. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.


  1. says

    I’ve always been fascinated by Elizabeth I, how she came to be queen, how she ruled, and how history sees her.

    Thanks for the chance to win. This book sounds phenomenal.



  2. Suz Reads says

    I find many of the Tudors fascinating but I think Henry VIII and Elizabeth I are my favorites! Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

    klaxon63350 (at) mypacks (dot) net

  3. says

    I was lucky enough to read an excerpt from Sacred Treasure and loved the way Mr. Forester was able to draw you into the story by developing his characters and immersing them in the time period.

    Anyone reading Sacred Treasure will certainly draw comparisons of how closely the current conflicts of our world today and
    the similarities of how over the centuries the conflict of how faith and fear has been a magor factor in the conflict in countries all over the world.

    Sacred Treasure is definatlely a must read book for anyone interested in exploring the world of intrigue and how corruption can affect any nationa and society!


  4. says

    I forgot to mention that my favorite Tudor woman was Anne of Cleves because of all Henry’s wives she was by far the most clever!

    Not only was she the prettiest of all the wives but also, when you think of the fate of the others she made out the best!


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