WINNER - Best Historical Mystery of 2013
(Romantic Times Book Review Awards)
THE CHALICE, the sequel to the 2012 bestseller THE CROWN, is now on sale in North America, the United Kingdom and Germany.
With this novel, readers go on a page-turning historical quest. Set in Henry VIII's England, THE CHALICE is driven by plot twists, deceptions, spiritual searching and romantic tension.
Readers fall in love with protagonist Joanna Stafford, a Catholic novice forced to leave her priory and find her answers. Joanna has seen what lies inside the king's torture rooms and risks imprisonment again, when she is caught up in a shadowy international plot targeting the King. As the power plays turn vicious, Joanna understands she may have to assume her role in a prophecy foretold by three different seers, each more omniscient than the last.
Joanna realizes the life of Henry VIII as well as the future of Christendom are in her hands—hands that must someday hold the chalice that lays at the center of these deadly prophecies...
“The human and political battles of Henry VIII's Reformation are brought to exhilarating life in THE CHALICE.”
“No-one reflects the paranoid state of Tudor England better than Nancy Bilyeau. She paints a graphic picture of the uncertainties of the time. The squalor of the poor, the careless brutality, the fear and threat of the mob and the deadly dance of shifting alliances and ambition both at the court and in Henry’s new church are all there. Sharply observed, cleverly paced and sympathetically written, this book more than fulfills the promise of THE CROWN, itself named as last year’s most impressive debut novel by the CWA Ellis Peters judges.”
“The novel is riveting and provides fascinating insight into the lives of displaced nuns and priests, with fully realized characters.”
—Romantic Times Book Reviews. THE CHALICE awarded RT Top Pick.
“THE CHALICE is an engrossing mix of the complicated politics of the Reformation with the magical elements of the Dominican order, and Joanna—fiery, passionate, determined to honor what she thinks God wants her to do—is a fascinating character. Fans of historical mysteries, Tudor politics and supernatural fiction will all be pleased by the broad scope, quick-moving plot and historical integrity of Bilyeau's second novel.”
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