Roots of Betrayal

Roots of Betrayal

by James Forrester
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Mirella More than 1 year ago
Roots of Betrayal is the second book in a trilogy about a Catholic herald named William Clarenceux, also known as William Harley, however, it is not necessary to read the first book, titled Sacred Treason, in order to enjoy this novel. The story takes place in the 16th century known as the Elizabethan era. The protagonist, William, is a talented young man whose expertise is creating coats of arms, crests and mottos for the nobility. When one of Queen Elizabeth’s top advisors entrusts him with the safekeeping of a document entitled Catholic Treasure, he is not happy with the responsibility, but will do his utmost to keep good care of it. As the political world around him swirls with trouble caused by the civil unrest between the Catholics and Protestants, he realizes that the document he holds will fuel civil war between the two factions. Poor William! Despite all his efforts to protect the secret document, it is stolen and he is held responsible. Ultimately, he is imprisoned and suffers harsh conditions and torture.  Impressively researched, this novel is filled with plenty of exciting plot twists and historical detail that depict the brutality of the era. Well written and evocative, this is a suspense thriller set to entertain. Even though this book stands alone, I am definitely interested in reading the first book in the series which achieved bestseller status when it was released. Read one of James Forrester’s novels and you will be hooked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't love this book but I liked it okay. Clarenceaux was tortured a few too many times and I'm not sure how he could have lived through it all. Heed the warning regarding blood and gore! Overall, I really preferred his adventures with Rebecca in the previous book. Her presence changed the mood a bit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another great Clarenceux novel. Vivid recreation of Elizabethan times. Can't wait to read the final in the series, but will be sad they are over. Highly recommend, you will not be disappointed. Read Sacred Treason first!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plenty of adventure and gore. Anyone but Clarenceux would have been crippled or dead after what he endured, but the hero must live on, it's a novel. Has all the right elements for those enjoying historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the third book in this series.
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Montechristo More than 1 year ago
A fast paced historical thriller which is extremely interesting and well thought out. This is an author which I will be reading again. Especially easy to read with short chapters making it ideal for reading and being able to put down and pick up without missing a beat. Montecristo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't be able to put this book, or the pre-quell, down until you turn the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book!