Sacred Treason

James Forrester. Sourcebooks, $14.99 trade paper (480p) ISBN 978-1-4022-7266-0
Forrester (the pen name of historian Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England) brings a new trilogy to the Elizabethan shelves with this enjoyable first book. In 1563, Catholics are hunted by Queen Elizabeth’s men. William Harley, Clarenceux King of Armes is a Catholic herald in her majesty’s court and worries that his secret will be discovered. But one night an old friend, Henry Machyn, recklessly breaks curfew to ask Clarenceux to safeguard his volume of “seditious and heretical writings,” telling his friend that the “fate of two queens depends on” the project, 13 years in the making. If anything should happen, Machyn tells Clarenceux, he is to give the chronicle to the Knights of the Round Table. Clarenceux, ignorant of the Knights’ existence, now has in his possession a book that will put him in great peril unless he unravels the mystery at its heart. Forrester (Roots of Betrayal) vividly renders emotional scenes, and the book’s villains are sufficiently despicable to keep readers rooting for Clarenceux in this strong beginning to the trilogy. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/27/2012
Release date: 10/01/2012
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