Friday, April 26, 2013


As part of the Historical Fiction Virtual Boook Tours,

I read and thoroughly enjoyed, THE CHALICE, by Nancy Bilyeau


Just when I thought it would be a long while before I'd read another Tudor period novel- here comes Bilyeau's THE CHALICE to remind me that when the writing is exceptional, excitement brings about novelty.

 Joanna Stattford, a Catholic novice is stripped of her title and her right to practice her faith under Henry VIII's new religious regime which eliminated and banned Catholic monasteries and  places of worship.  Forced back into her life as a noble by birth and placed in the service of Katherine of Aragon, Joanna also befriends Lady Mary.  The setup is perfect for plans to use Joanna as pawn to rid the abominable king and bring back the original Faith.

This is a riveting mystery that weaves in impeccable history at a time when conspiracies, plots and betrayals were the norm - no place in King Henry's court was safe.  Joanna must complete the seeings of three psychics to achieve what is in the plans for her to help save Christendom.  Joanna lives a life of suspense where clairvoyants, spies, politics and religion fill her days.  These are dangerous times...Deeply implicated, how far will Joanna play along to save her loved ones?

Besides the mystery, Joanna must also make a choice in love...there are two men in her life (as if she hadn't enough to deal with already!).  Love, friends, enemies-THE CHALICE has it all.  Who would have thought a nun's life could get this complicated...and dramatic?  I enjoyed this book immensely! And although I didn't always agree with Joanna's choices, she did stay true to herself; which made the character and situations all that more plausible.

A definite page-turner that you will not be able to put down until the very last page...and then you'll be craving Bilyeau's next book for sure.  This is by far one of the best Tudor fictions I've read in awhile.  


(THE CHALICE is the sequel to THE CROWN. But if you haven't read the first one, no worries- THE CHALICE is a perfect standalone read as Bilyeau familiarizes us with the prequel without drowning us with an overload of back and forth info).

To read more reviews and interviews on THE CHALICE- You can find the Virtual Book Tour Schedule HERE



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mnleona said...

First I must say Josephine is one of my most favorite people of history. We were on Martinque one time but coud not get to where she was born.
Thank you for the giveaway. My kind of book.
Leona Olson

cyn209 said...

The Chalice has been on my WishList!!
thank you for the giveaway!!!

cyn209 at juno dot com

Charlotte said...

Nice give away.

Lara Newell said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I have been wanting to read this one!

lafra86 at gmail dot com

Elizabeth MacGregor-Kirkcaldy said...

Thank you for the Wonderful review and giveaway for "The Chalice" ~ It's on my TBR List and I cannot wait to read it! Thank you for the lovely opportunity to win a copy~ Happy Reading and Writing~ Cheers~ Elizabeth

Nancy said...

Loved The Crown; would love to read the sequel, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fantastic book! Of course, I will now have to buy the first book, even if it is a stand alone. I just love sequels!! Thanks for the giveaway :D


beckie said...

I love Tudor novels.

Amanda said...

I'd love to win! I own The Crown and would love to own this own. Thank you!
Libraryofmyown at gmail dot com