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Little Catherine Howard will be taking center stage very soon This series is a must read not only for Tudor fans but for all fans of top notch historical fiction This is the second historical novel to feature Joanna Stafford niece of the Duke of Buckingham and formerly a novice at Dartford Priory The first was The Crown in which Joanna was forced into the service of the powerful Bishop of Winchester Stephen Gardiner in order to save the life of her fatherI on t think it s essential to have read that book first in order to fully appreciate this one as the story stands alone even though many of the historical figures we encounter appear in both I regret to say that I haven t read The Crown but Unofficial Guide to Passing Osces definitely intend too so in the near futureIn The Chalice the English Reformation has led to the Restoration destruction of the religious way of life and Joanna while still referred to as Sister is no longer a novice nun She continues to reside in Dartford intent on starting a tapestry weaving business but as a member of a prominent family related to both the King and the Duke of Norfolk the powerful factions around her are not willing to leave her to a peaceful life in obscurityThe story hinges on a prophecy made about ten years before the action of the book in which Joanna was told that she would be the one to bring about a change in the fortunes of the Catholic Church in England and to undo all that Henry VIII hadone to crush it Despite her Making Babies devotion to her faith or perhaps because of it Joanna wants nothing too with the prophecy and in any case The Drowned Boy (Inspector Konrad Sejer, does not see how someone as insignificant as she could possibly beestined for such an actThe prophecy also tells that Joanna will need to meet with a further two seers in order to My Son, My Son discern her course of action something that she isetermined never to Driving in the Dark do But as events ten years later bring her into contact with the Exeters Norfolk Gardiner and the Spanish ambassador it becomes clear that she is never going to be able to escape herestinyThe plot is complex but never confusing Bilyeau s writing is superb and for the most part well paced and in the character of Joanna Stafford she has created an extremely likeable multi faceted heroine who is shown to be fallible as well as heroic Joanna is Devils Valley devout but it s clear that she would have probably had trouble with vows of obedience She has problems controlling her temper at times and has an inuiring mind perhaps not the best ualities in one expected to conform and submit without uestion She is kind without being sugary sweet intelligent but not all knowing Her impetuosity and honesty lead her intoangerous situations and attract the wrong sort of notice yet she is brave Death in the Stocks (Inspector Hannasyde, determined and self possessedShe has faults the way she continuallyenies her attraction to a man who loves her passionately and instead turns to one who while also loving her is a much less The Maddest Idea (Revolution at Sea dangerous choice is a huge selfeception on her part as well as being somewhat frustrating for the reader But although there are strong threads of romance running through the book it is not the main focus Joanna knows she has to The Palmetto State do than fall in love and finally having been rather beatenown by circumstances she makes the Cross of St. George (Richard Bolitho, decision to hear the final prophecy and meet herestiny The Chalice is a superb read full of suspense and intrigue The author s attention to historical Demolition detail is excellent from the conventions of Court life to theay to The Last Man Out of Saigon day existence of the lower echelons and she presents the reader with a fascinating glimpse of the intricate power struggles and politics of Henry s court She also raises an interesting uestion concerning the fate of those expelled from religious ordersue to the Reformation no longer able to serve God in their chosen manner they were also forbidden to marry and were forced to live on the fringes of society banned both from a purely religious life and a secular one If I had an issue with the book as a whole it was with the fact that the final section which A Deep Deceit deals with Joanna s journey to and escape from the Low Countries felt a little rushed but thatidn t in any way spoil my enjoyment of it I can think of no higher praise than to say that this was one of those rare occasions when the fact that the story is told in the first person Taylor Maid didn t bother me in the least which just goes to show how gripped I wasHighly recommended and I hope there are of Joanna s stories to come Bilyeau s first book The Crown brought us theetermined but na ve Joanna Stafford Dominican nun and Since I Was A Princess daughter of aisgraced aristocratic family uring Henry VIII s reign In The Chalice Henry s issolution of the monasteries has sent a experienced but no less stubborn Joanna out into the secular world where she s trying to build a uiet life as a weaver of tapestries A mysterious prophecy and those who would like to use it to further their power and political Blood Money (Alpha Force, desiresrag her unwittingly into a bizarre plot against the king and his plans to undermine the true faith in England The most powerful people in England once again tug and pull at Joanna alternately threatening her life and those she loves and courting her as an essential element to their plans Joanna s Skin Deep devotion to the Catholic Church and her abhorrence of Henry sestruction of the cloistered life make her willing to participate to a certain extent a How Misuzu Got a Leg Up dangerous vulnerability as it turns out but she becomes entangled in acts that she never anticipated and that violate hereepest beliefs Faith its value and the willingness of supposedly true believers to exploit faith for their own ends become intriguing multi faceted themes in this book Bilyeau continues from her first book the subtle complex evelopment of Joanna s character and combines that with a fast paced unexpected plot to hold the reader s interest on every page From mystical prophets to court intrigue to the challenges of romance and love amidst those who had once sworn themselves to chastity The Chalice is writ large across England and the Continent as history and supernatural mysticism combine in this compelling thriller Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at version of this and other reviews at it has been a while since I picked up a Tudor novel It is such a popular period and there has been such a slew of new titles in the last few years that I suffered a little bit of burn out This being the case you can probably understand my initial trepidation at taking on Nancy Bilyeau s The Chalice Having finished the book I look back at laugh at my skepticism Bilyeau s writing is wonderful Not To Mention Addicting to mention addicting strikes the perfect balance between fact and fiction never over burdening the narrative with reary monologues or allowing the plot to Snow Dog diverge too far from historic eventsNow as far as protagonists go you be hard pressed to find one comparable to Joanna Stafford She is intelligent without coming off arrogant and kind without coming off saintly She is incredibly Ageless Body, Timeless Mind dynamic a personality I wanted to read about and at the end of theay a reader can t ask for than that Unfortunately I can t say how this its piece compared to its predecessor as I ve yet to read The Crown but I will say I appreciated how Bilyeau approached writing a seuel in that she The Correspondence doesn t spend a lot of time rehashing Written as a standalone The Chalice can be enjoyed by those with absolutely no knowledge of Bilyeau s work The Chalice is an intriguing suspense made all the fascinating in its focus on those individualsisplaced by Henry s Reformation Refreshingly A Dark Enchantment different from most Tudor pieces it is a compelling page turner that is sure to satisfy. Sie genießtie Ruhe und versucht sich über ihre Gefühle für Geoffrey und Driven With the Wind (Cheney Duvall, M.D., den verschwundenen Edmund Sommerville klar zu werden Dochann fällt Thomas Cromwell in Ungnadeder König heiratet Catherine Howard und Joanna steht vor weiteren schweren Aufgabe. .

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The ChaliceHaving gone straight from The Crown into The Chalice I m remarkably impressed by how largely consistent the two books are in uality and I had a very similar reaction to this installment which is to say largely positive but lacking that spark that really makes it a me book In The Chalice the stakes for Joanna Stafford are raised as it becomes about her and less about Catholicism in general Readers who loved The Crown will likely find that they are similarly thrilled by The ChalicePerhaps what I enjoy most about this series is its uniue perspective on a heavily Now You See Her: The compulsive thriller you need to read documented in both fiction and nonfiction historical period We are obsessed with the Tudors most specifically with King Henry VIII s reign Therama the sex the beheadings and the betrayals make that period such ripe fodder for entertainment As such it s been The Presidents Last Love done toeath except that clever authors can still manage to put a uniue spin on well trodden ground Rather than focusing on the usual suspects and court life Bilyeau looks at this turbulent period in English history from the perspective of a novice nun and puts the shift to Protestantism into sharp personal reliefThough not of a religious persuasion myself the way that Bilyeau confronts these issues is fascinating The former nuns friars and monks are lost in this new world the priories and monasteries having been The Tunnel Through Time dissolved at the end of The Crown Some of the former religious personages manage to establish fairly ordinary lives marrying and finding professions Many though live together on their pensions trying to keep life as much as it was before as is possible Othersesperate wander the kingdom in search of God and a sign beaten and battered by the judgmental and fearful Their world has changed so rapidly which is all the upsetting for those who have been cloistered in places of routine and unchanging orderI still really like Joanna Stafford but she wasn t uite as level headed in this one She waffles back and forth between her two love interests and the possibility of being single To Still distract herself from her indecision she throws herself into absurdly idiotic schemes in the name of her faith without thinking them through She gets arrested so many times and saved by her connections thus embroiled into another huge scheme where she s manipulated by other forces wresting control for herself at the last minute through her badassery The way that all came out just felt rather contrived In addition I wasn t a huge fan of the mysticism angle though it was an interesting interpretation of King Henry VIII sifficulties fathering childrenLike with The Crown The Chalice was a bit of a slow start for me though I Deconstructing Harold Hill did get uite absorbed at certain junctures The slowness was not aided by the one formatting change Bilyeau made adding a prologue and epilogue to this installment Iid not much care for these as they like most are intended merely to Brainwash drum upramatic irony The prologue hints that Joanna might The Berlin Deception die and then jumps back two months to wind the story forward I m not a fan of this narrativeevice at the best of times but thought it particularly weak here since the moment therein isn t even the culmination of the main plot arc but a minor stupid plan The epilogue just felt redundant and out of place but is likely paving the way for book threeAll in all I m still uite impressed with this series and Swimming Pool Sunday do plan to read the third book when it comes out They reefinitely good reads for those who appreciate historical fiction with less of a focus on romance and sex scandals I honestly on t understand all the positive reviews for this book I found the protagonist to be completely unbelievable the least nun y nun ever one minute bemoaning the estruction of her beloved religion the next throwing herself at two Manhattan different men the next praying againcome on In fact Iidn t find any part of the book to be believable especially not the characters or their motivations I understand that this is supposed to be of a historical fantasy than straight historical fiction but I found it completely implausible and ridiculous I only finished it because I had to for book club I ve had a hard time categorizing this series The Crown was nominally a historical mystery which is why I had picked it up but ended up being suspense Now The Chalice rops mystery altogether focusing instead a prophecy for Sister Joanna that throws her into anger So maybe historical suspense is the most appropriate label at least so far The fact that it is Sleep Toward Heaven difficult to categorize is one of the reasons I m enjoying the series The story focuses on a Dominican noviceuring the time when Henry VIII was The Reckoning dissolving the monasteries and priories and stripping the churches to fill his coffers Joanna who took vows to avoid the tumult of politics has been torn from that peaceful existence and is now trying to make a living in the village near her old priory A few of the friars and nuns remain together attempting to continue their observances as well as they can while being reviled by the locals who once came to them for aid and education They find themselves at the mercy of petty authorities with the weight of King Henry behind them This is a great perspective on the time period Itoes not eal very irectly with the Royals instead showing how ordinary loyal papists made their way through the tumultuous changes of the English Reformation From this angle it was not a holy enterprise At the end of The Crown I had an idea of where this seuel might be headed I thought that with the Priory closed and Joanna no longer a novice she would settle own and find herself a new life most likely hopefully with Geoffrey She would maybe run into some NEW INTRIGUES AND MYSTERIES RELATED TO intrigues and mysteries related to position as a constable In my experience of historical mysteryfiction with a side of romance this was the predictable route and one that I would have been perfectly happy to exploreI was completely wrong There was very little about this book that I could have predicted Although there was part of me wishing for those next steps that I had envisioned it was refreshing to find myself being led around by the nose without any idea of where it was going to end up The way that Bilyeau intertwines Joanna s life with actual events of the time giving this insignificant woman an importance that few people are aware of is brilliantJoanna is once again caught up in politics against her will ragged into matters beyond her understanding by family ambitions and tossed about by forces beyond her comprehension She is confused and changes a lot Theatre of the Gods during the book betraying her sense of self and struggling with guilt The prophecy forces her into crises muddies the waters of right and wrong and inexorablyrags her in a The Drummer Boy direction sheoes not want to go But rather than making the plot predictable the prophecy plays out with enough twists to bring about a satisfying ending so that you look back on what happened with new understandingBoth novels so far have BEEN VERY WELL DONE I M LOOKING FORWARD TO very well SEXUAL BORDERLANDS done I m looking forward to next installment but I no longer have any expectations about where it could go next I still have hopes for where it might end up eventually This novel is solid It has a well constructed uniue plot with an eually uniue heroine Joanna is a well constructed character I simply need to know what happens next I want to know if she finds happiness love and if she ever gets to have a nice uiet life in the country with her tapestry loomThis was an exciting read The Tudor period is such a stormy and unsettling time in history and what could be a better. 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Setting for a religious historic thriller The time period Bilyeau chose is so rich in history and excitementyou just can never go wrong with the Tudor period when it comes to stories about corruption and treasonSee my full review here This is one of those books you know the one It s the one that very early on you stop for a sec and just sit in awe marveling at the talent of this author You can just tell with the flow of the words with the vivid pictures forming in your mind that this is going to be one of those books that will stick with you long after you are finished Not just because of the wonderful story because this is a WONDERFUL story but also because of the amount of work you know went into it The amount of research that had to be one and then writing the story made me realize that this is an author with some serious talent It s like a jigsaw puzzle where The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau begins at what we assume is the end the prologue telling us exactly where protagonist Joanna Stafford will be at the end of this long and arduous journey I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway and immediately borrowed The Crown Bilyeau s first Joanna Stafford novel from my local library to familiarize myself with the setting and characters I enjoyed The Crown and was very eagerly anticipating the arrival of my copy of The Chalice When The Chalice begins Joanna is in a graveyard preparing to save the bones of a saint from the clutches of King Henry VIII s guards This novel is set in the aftermath of Henry s Gaias Majesty-Mission Called (GaiasMajesty divorce subseuent marriages to Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour and his separation from the Catholic Church and the establishment of the Church of England Henry is on a uest to remove all traces of Catholicism from England includingissolving priories and monasteries all over the country and forcing churches to turn over all relics and paint over murals and artwork The Terror of St. Trinians and Other Drawings depicting the saints Having pledged herself as a novice in the Dominican order but never actually making the vows to become a nun Sister Joanna resolves to live by the rules and morals of her order even though it has beenissolved She joins together with a group of sisters from her priory and a brother who had joined their community shortly before its Uma Mulher Misteriosa dissolution and tries to live her life in peace according to her beliefs This is Joanna Stafford though and anyone who has read The Crown knows that trouble tends to come to her even if she tries her best to avoid it This time her troubles arise from a series of prophecies known only to a select group of people that indicate that Joanna can be the only one to stop Henry VIII s reign of terror and restore peace and Catholicism to England Joanna tries her best to avoid both the people that are familiar with the prophecy and the implications of it but eventually she can no longer avoid her fate Calling upon all of her strength and faith Joanna embarks on a journey across many lands putting herselfirectly in harm s way until she The Pleasant Light of Day decides to fulfill the prophecy on her own termsI enjoyed this book actually than The Crown both because of the pacing and the eventual outcome Joanna Stafford is a realistic heroine with flaws andoubts just like any normal person but her unshakeable faith makes her a very strong character Her group of friends including Brother Edmund Sister Winnifred Geoffrey Scovill and Arthur her ward are well rounded and interesting and contribute much both to the story and to the reader s understanding of Joanna I call this series Tudor adjacent because while the reader spends some time with King Henry VII his wives children and courtiers the main characters circle around the periphery of his world They are important enough that Joanna being near the King or associating with his court is not outside of the realm of possibility but this is not simply another novel about Henry VIII All in all a great read particularly for fans of the Tudor era and historical fiction in general 45 Stars Having really enjoyed Nancy Bilyeau s Picture Palace debut novel The Crown I couldn t wait to see what was next for former novice turned spy Joanna Stafford When The Chalice begins Joanna is struggling a bit in transitioning into secular life now that the monasteries and priories have beenissolved and Henry VIII has effectively eliminated the role of the Catholic church She s The Soft Machine determined to build a life in the village of Dartford close to her beloved priory and close to the two men in her life who have become than friends constable Geoffrey Scovill and former friar Edmund Sommerville But Joanna is of noble birth niece to the executed Duke of Buckingham cousin to the Duchess of Norfolk and cousin to the Maruess and Marchioness of Exeter and her family arrives unexpectedly asking her to come back and take her place in the world she was born toThough they promise her she won t have to return to thereaded court she Tyringham Park despises they have ulterior motives in bringing Joanna back into their world Thanks to her service to Katherine of Aragon her mother s Spanish heritage her friendship with the Lady Mary Tudor and her ownevout Catholic faith she s the perfect pawn in a plot to save Christendom from the whims of a tyrannical king Struggling to adapt to her new lifestyle and her status in society and her interactions with the nobles of the realm Joanna is Cautionary Verses drawn into aangerous game involving international spies necromancers and seers and the political maneuverings of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V as Henry VIII prepares to welcome his fourth bride Anne of Cleves Torn between her Essential Doctor Strange, Vol. 1 duty to God and to family and to a king whoseestructive policies have upended her life Joanna is forced to play her part and see the treasonous plan through to its conclusion to protect her loved ones even if it means her The Zimmermann Telegram deathJust about the onlyrawback for me in The Crown was the pacing and some slow periods that had me skimming forward to the action but The Chalice suffers from no such ailment It s nonstop from beginning to end with one plot twist after another and I could not put it The Congress Of Rough Riders down Nancy Bilyeau has meticulously researched the time period and it comes to life in her hands as she weaves Joanna in and out of the factions of Henry VIII s court where intrigues plots and suspicions abound where fortunes can change at therop of an ax and where no one is safe from the ambitions of those closest to a changeable king The Chalice is superbly written Nancy Bilyeau s style is effortless and she has a talent for crafting sophisticated intellectual and exciting historical thrillersThere s no oubt Joanna Stafford is one of the memorable and interesting characters I ve come across in Tudor fiction and while she was I ve come across in Tudor fiction and while she was the freedom to really grow and come into her own in this story really grow and come into her own in this story idn t always agree with the The Racehorse Who Wouldnt Gallop decisions she made Sometimes I wished I could reach through the pages and shake some sense into Joanna but she was always true to herself and what she believed in and I can appreciate a character s ability to make me care so much that I get angry with her when sheoesn t Captain Greys Lady do what I want her too At the end of The Crown I lamented the state of Joanna s love life and I m still lamenting it at the end of The Chalice though not for lack of A Good Life development and some really emotional turns of events Poor Joanna Is everything ever just going to fall into place for her so she can live a normal life I m hoping we ll find out in the next book in the series Joanna has made some powerful enemies but she has also made some interesting friendships and I have a feeling her relationship with poor. Fgesellschaft Zudem erfährt sieass ihr Beschützer Thomas Culpeper einer geheimen okkulten Verschwörung angehört und The Source dass ihr jemand nachem Leben trachtet Nach einem zweiten Mordanschlag kehrt sie unter er Obhut Geoffrey Scovills nach Hause zurück. .