Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.
Back in 2013, I was so starved for Tudor related fiction that I went on a binge I called #TudorFest2015. I had a lot of fun catching up on Philippa Gregory novels and delving into the history that brought that family into power. One of the books I read during that time period was Elizabeth Freemantle’s Queen’s Gambit, a wonderful novel about Catherine Parr. I was very impressed with Freemantle’s insight and writing. That novel made her a shining star of historical fiction in my book and I was very glad when I heard that she was releasing her second novel, Sisters of Treason.
When I updated my post about reading Philippa Gregory’s Tudor series in chronological order (which has since grown to be a reading list of Plantagenet and Tudor era historical fiction), I mentioned that I’d read and enjoyed Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Freemantle. This novel, which begins after the execution of Lady Jane Grey, follows the lives of her sisters. Due to the nature of their sister’s demise, their attendance at court is a requirement, not a privilege. One sister, Lady Catherine, is young, beautiful, and eligible. Her value to the crown is on the marriage market. The other sister, Lady Mary, suffers from a congenital defect that leaves her as little more than a pet. They both survived the execution of their sister, but their safety is far from guaranteed.
Elizabeth Freemantle has a way with historical fiction that sets her above the rest. She gives the flavor of the time period that you look for as a fan of the genre. More importantly, she hones in on the social, political, and religious motivations of the women writes. What I especially found intriguing about this novel was the suspicion that never left these two women who wanted nothing more than to live their lives. Often the story follows the traitor to the block. This novel told the story of those left to clean up the mess. I very much enjoyed Sisters of Treason and look forward to reading her third novel, Watch the Lady.