Tuesday, 8 July 2014

HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: Sisters of Treason - Elizabeth Fremantle

Release Date: 22/05/14
Publisher:  Michael Joseph


Sisters of Treason is a powerful and moving story of passion and peril in Tudor England, perfect for fans of Hilary Mantel. Mary Tudor clings fearfully to the English throne. Seeing the threat posed by her cousin, Lady Jane Grey, the Queen orders her execution. But what of Lady Jane's young sisters - Katherine and Mary? Cursed with royal blood, they must endure the perils of a Tudor court, closely observed by its paranoid Queen. Entranced by the drama, intrigue and romance of court life, young Lady Katherine's desire for love leads her to make ill-advised and dangerous liaisons. Burdened with a crooked back, her younger sister, Lady Mary - the 'mouse' - is seen as no threat and becomes privy to the Queen's most intimate secrets. Yet Mary, who yearns to escape court dramas, knows her closeness to the Queen could be her undoing. For the Queen is childless and in ill-health. If she should die, her fearsome sister Elizabeth will inherit the crown. Then Katherine and Mary will find court a maze of treachery and danger - where possessing royal blood is the gravest crime of all...Praise for Elizabeth Fremantle: "A great read. Sisters of Treason totally transports the reader to the Tudor court, with all its tensions and games". (Katherine Webb, author of The Legacy). "A major new voice in historical fiction". (The Bookseller). "Rich and enticing". (Stylist). "Electric". (Good Housekeeping). "Wildly entertaining". (Huffington Post). Elizabeth Fremantle holds a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As a fashion editor she has contributed to many publications including Vogue, Vanity Fair and The Sunday Times. Sisters of Treason is her second novel, following on from Queen's Gambit.


Historical Fiction taking the readers on the journey through the lives of the Grey Sisters through the turbulent times of the Tudor’s. Wonderfully written with solid prose and of course following the tragic course of events from a failed try at the throne, all round gives the reader a story that was not only hard to put down but one that wrenches at the heart strings.

All round it’s a book that was a pure joy to read, taking the reader through a rollercoaster of emotions and along with cracking dialogue goes to show why the author is one to savour with a nice glass of wine.

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