The author of Queen's Gambit returns with another thrilling, vividly drawn novel of Tudor England. It is early in the reign of Mary Tudor—Bloody Mary—and Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the gruesome execution of their 17-year-old elder sister Lady Jane Grey as a usurper. Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court; flirtatious Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot rein in her compulsion to love and be loved, while her clever sister Mary has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to goodness. And both girls have Tudor blood—for either girl to marry without royal permission could be a treasonous act.
"[Elizabeth] Fremantle manages to combine pacey storytelling with superb background.... Terrifically entertaining."—Sunday Times (London)