The Roots of Betrayal by James Forrester

The Roots of Betrayal by James Forrester
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (434 pgs)
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Your Choice. Your Faith. Your Fate.

1564: Catholic herald William Harley, known as Clarenceux, guards a highly dangerous document. It’s a manuscript he’d rather not have—destruction and death have followed in its wake. But things get much worse when the document is stolen, and he plunges into a nightmare of suspicion, deception, and conspiracy. As England teeters on the brink of a bloody conflict, Clarenceux knows the fate of the country and countless lives hang in the balance. The roots of betrayal are deep and shocking, and the herald’s journey toward the truth entails not just the discovery of clues and signs, but also of himself.

In this brilliant new Elizabethan conspiracy from the internationally acclaimed author of Sacred Treason, faith and fear stir up a powerful story of loyalty, lies, and secrets.

Most of us think of a thriller as something set in contemporary times but after reading The Roots of Betrayal, historical can also fit into that category. I’ll admit that anything set in Tudor and Elizabethan times gets my attention but Mr. Forrester has created a nail biting page turner for just about any fan of historical fiction.

Although this book is over four hundred pages long, it’s a quick read due to its top-notch pacing and your need to find out what happens next. He does a wonderful job describing the setting and dress of the times and you feel totally immersed in all things Elizabethan, especially the London locales.

The characters are all richly drawn which I felt added another level to this strong plot. I haven’t read anything else by this author before but will definitely be checking out his previous and future works.

If you’re tired of contemporary settings but still want to get lost in an intriguing plot I’d highly recommend this book to you.


  1. Astilbe says:

    Would you say this book portrays the 1560s in a historically accurate manner?

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