Are you between 5 and 25? If so, enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards NOW - click here for details...

tudor queens series
Search our site
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley Read the opening extract of the brand new Lucy Foley book before its publication on 19/03/2018

Reader Reviewed
The Heretics by Rory Clements
  

The Heretics

Part of the John Shakespeare Series
Historical Fiction   Crime / Mystery   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Crime/Mystery/Thriller Facebook group Share this book

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Walsingham spy now in the service of Sir Robert Cecil, John Shakespeare, older brother of William, finds his trusted band of fellow spies are being picked off one by one, oh, and the Spanish are landing in Cornwall and somehow the exorcising of mad women is bothering him. Shakespeare always has lots to contend with which is what makes these adventures so compulsive. This is his fifth, as good as ever. The historical detail is terrific and the action fast and furious. Do read them.

Click here to see the new book in the John Shakespeare series, The Queen's Man.

reader reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Heretics a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A tremendous read. Absolutely grips your imagination. Once again religion and politics are at the fore front of this fabulous book.' – Susan Walsh.

Scroll down to read more reviews.

If you like Rory Clements you might also like to read books by Philip Kerr, Alan Furst and James Forrester.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

Synopsis

The Heretics by Rory Clements

England may have survived the Armada threat of 1588, but when Spanish galleys land troops in Cornwall on a lightning raid seven years later, is it a dry-run for a new invasion? Revenge for the sacking of Spanish shipping and ports? A warning shot to Drake and Hawkins? Or is there, perhaps, a more sinister motive? The Queen is speechless with rage at Spain's temerity. Sir Robert Cecil demands answers. But as John Shakespeare tries to get a grip on events, England's secret defences begin to unravel as one by one his network of spies is horribly murdered. But what has all this to do with Thomasyn Jade, a girl driven to the edge of madness by the foul rituals of exorcism? And what is the link to a group of priests held prisoner in the bleak confines of Wisbech Castle? From the pain-wracked torture rooms of the Inquisition in Seville to the marshy wastes of fenland, from the wild coasts of Cornwall to the sweat and sawdust of the Elizabethan playhouses, and from the condemned cell at Newgate to the devilish stench of brimstone and fear as demons are driven out by unspeakable means, THE HERETICS builds to a terrifying climax that threatens the life of the Queen herself.

The John Shakespeare series:

1. Martyr

2. Revenger

3. Prince

4. Traitor

5. The Heretics

6. The Queen's Man

Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The Heretics. You can read their reviews below.

Susan Walsh - 'A tremendous read. Absolutely grips your imagination. Once again religion and politics are at the fore front of this fabulous book.' Click Here to read the full review

Berwyn Peet - 'Clever, exciting historical thriller set in Shakespearian times...a great addition to the series about John Shakespeare but you don't need to have read the earlier ones to really enjoy this.' Click Here to read the full review

Sue Gale - 'Further travails of John Shakespeare and his family as he undertakes work on behalf of the Government of Elizabeth I. Favours are given and acted upon to obtain the final goal. A must read.' Click Here to read the full review

'Rory Clements again brings to life the dark side of Elizabethan England'
Daily Mail

Praise for the John Shakespeare series:

'Clements can be seen as doing for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's ... What's impressive in the latest is how much of Tudor society it crams in, from the court and Derby's estate to outlaws and the soldiers in its concluding scene'
Sunday Times

'There's plenty of thrills ... the multiple plot elements are well-handled ... there's much that's enjoyable and Clements' orchestration of the narrative is skillful' www.displacementactivity.co.uk

'The best yet in Rory Clements magnificent series about John Shakespeare... As always, the historical detail is fascinating and sometimes delightfully obscure ... another sumptuous feast that will leave you sated - but craving for the next helping! Crimesquad

'I found this the best book in the series' Historical Novels Review

'Rory Clements again brings to life the dark side of Elizabethan England' Daily Mail

'A genuine page turner, and cleverly weaves in real historical events and personalities. Fans will not be disappointed' Eastern Daily Press

'Intriguing ... wonderfully graphic and descriptive. Clements richly deserves the accolade: faster moving than C.J. Sansom' Bookbag

'Clements thrilling murder mysteries are a real cut above... steeped in authentic 16th-century politics, the plots are complex and clever, and the characters believable and engrossing. But his greatest gift is the ability to bring to life the squalor, intrigue and perils of Tudor London and amidst it all create a superbly tense and entertaining mystery. Roll on Mr Shakespeare's Act IV'
Lancashire Evening Post

'Blending fact with fiction Clements tells a rip-roaring yarn with vigour and energy and a huge enthusiasm for the period ... a novel lacking neither action nor spice. An undeniably enjoyable and lively plot that gathers pace and excitement throughout. A devilishly good read' Crime Time

About the Author

Rory Clements

Rory Clements is the bestselling author of the John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. His six acclaimed novels, Martyr, Revenger, Prince, Traitor, The Heretics and The Queen's Man, follow Elizabeth's Intelligencer, John Shakespeare, brother to the playwright William, through the dark underworld of Tudor England as he unmasks the traitors and conspirators who plot against the Queen. The seventh John Shakespeare novel, Holy Spy, is due to be published in February 2015. Rory Clements won the Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award in 2010 for Revenger, and has been shortlisted for CWA Awards for Martyr, Prince and The Heretics. A TV series is currently in development.

Author photo © Madeleine Clements

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

13th February 2014

Author

Rory Clements

More books by Rory Clements
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.roryclements.com/

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...

Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Crime / Mystery
eBook Favourites

Historical mysteries

ISBN

9781848544369

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

Lovereading is an amazing place to be, the website is wonderful and to me if I'm sad I'll go here and it cheers me up!

Sophia Upton

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!

Lindsay

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools