The second volume in the Clarenceaux series by James Forrester continues the story begun in his first book, Sacred Treason, picking up the tale just a few months after the conclusion of that volume. The intrigue, murder and mayhem surrounding the Clarenceaux King of Arms, William Harley, deepens in this volume, as he finds himself confronted with betrayal from unexpected sources.
While a definite work of fiction – made clear by the author in his Author’s Note – the general setting of the novel has the tang of authenticity, largely because of author’s own expertise and interest in the Elizabethan period. It is this dedication to his craft that makes these novels ‘feel’ right, and which draws the reader into the possibilities being proffered by Forrester.
A thoroughly enjoyable read, I look forward to the next volume.