About the Book:
Who Do You Betray?
About the Author:
James Forrester (www.jamesforrester.co.uk) is the pen name of prominent British historian Ian Mortimer, author of bestselling nonfiction works like The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England. Sacred Treason combines betrayal and romance with accurate historical detail, bringing to life the sights, sounds, thoughts, and fears of sixteenth-century London.
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!
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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.