February 2015 Book of the Month.
This is indeed a novel for obviously all the conversations are imagined but it is so bound in fact it might easily be non-fiction. A huge amount of history and copious potted biographies make for a fascinating and enthralling read, plus a family tree showing how the Greys, Tudors and Stuarts link. All that is just add-ons, the story itself is riveting. It is the tale of the two Grey sisters after the execution of Lady Jane and told in their voices, plus that of a court portrait painter, Levina. It adds nothing to the tale that we don’t already know but it is beautifully done.
Following the acclaimed Queen's Gambit, Elizabeth Fremantle brings us a new novel of intrigue and menace at the Tudor Court...1554: Lady Jane Grey is executed by her cousin Queen Mary...Now Lady Jane's younger sisters Katherine and Mary, cursed with the Tudor blood that saw their sister killed, face the perils of the royal court alone. Lady Katherine - young and spirited - makes dangerous romantic liaisons. While Lady Mary - crook-backed and vulnerable - becomes the Queen's reluctant companion, yet yearns to escape court intrigue. And both girls fear their proximity to the Queen might be their undoing. For the childless Queen is ill. If she should die Katherine may be pushed to power, but the Queen's half-sister Elizabeth casts a long shadow and if she gains the throne the court will become a terrifying maze of treachery and suspicion - where holding royal blood could be a death warrant for the two sisters...This sumptuous historical drama is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel. Through the eyes of the Grey sisters we are given an insight into the treacherous rule of the Tudor Court under King Henry VIII. 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 Misbegotten). An endlessly fascinating era, and Fremantle manages to combine pacey storytelling with superb background ...it's terrifically entertaining . (The Times). Rich and Enticing . (Stylist). Gripping . (Woman and Home). Elizabeth Fremantle holds a first in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As a Fashion Editor she has contributed to various publications including Vogue, Elle, and Vanity Fair. Her debut novel, Queen's Gambit, was published in 2013. Sisters of Treason is her second novel.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
'An endlessly fascinating era, and Fremantle manages to combine pacey storytelling with superb background...terrifically entertaining.' The Times
'Fremantle is surely a major new voice in historical fiction (...) what Hilary Mantel fans should read while waiting for the final part of her trilogy' The Bookseller
'A sumptuous epic' Metro
'Gripping' Woman & Home
'A great read. Sisters of Treason totally transports the reader to the Tudor court, with all its tensions and games' Katherine Webb
'Rich and enticing Stylist Elizabeth Fremantle brings the decadent, conniving, back-stabbing world of the 16th-century British court to brilliant life here, revealing what one woman can teach us all about the timeless art of survival' Andrea Walker, Oprah.com
Publication date: 18/06/2015
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 29/01/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||29th January 2015|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
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Elizabeth Fremantle is the author of Queen's Gambit, Sisters of Treason and Watch the Lady. She holds a first in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As a Fashion Editor she has contributed to various publications including Vogue, Elle, and Vanity Fair. Author Photo © Phyllis ChristopheriMore About Elizabeth Fremantle