Publisher's Note:  

From the author of Queen’s Gambit, which People magazine called, “A must-read for Philippa Gregory fans,” a gripping historical novel about two sisters who tread as dangerously close to the crown as their tragic sister, Lady Jane Grey, executed after just nine days on the throne.

Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.

Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be loved. Her sister, clever Lady Mary, has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to goodness—and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the Queen’s sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth, inherits the crown, life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters. Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her Queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for.

From “a brilliant new player in the court of royal fiction,” (People) Sisters of Treason brings to vivid life the perilous and romantic lives of two little known young women who played a major role in the complex politics of their day.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Simon and Schuster

Sisters of Treason

by Elizabeth Fremantle

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Overall Review:  

Sisters of Treason is thrilling historical fiction written by Elizabeth Fremantle. Beginning with the death of Lady Jane Grey, the tale is told from three points of view: Katherine Grey, Mary Grey and the painter Levina Teerlinc. Well-paced and highly entertaining, the story picks up steam two-thirds of the way through and becomes nearly impossible to put down. 


While Katherine Grey's life has been documented and dissected, little is known about her younger sister Mary. It was interesting to uncover Fremantle's beliefs about Mary, as well as learn more about the talented Levina Teerlinc. Fremantle's descriptive writing and strong emotional pull really emphasized the high drama her characters felt under the ruthless reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Fans of the Tudor-era must read this compelling book!

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  10 religious exclamations, 1 derogatory name.


Violence/Gore:  Verbal threats; secondhand reports of battle and burnings at the stake; scenes of violence involving characters being slapped or stabbed with a needle; a few non-detailed scenes of violent death by fire; a brief beheading scene with blood and gore. 


Sex/Nudity:  Several scenes with kissing (between a man and a woman and between two teenage girls); several sexual references and implied incidents of sexual activity; touching and caressing involving a man and a woman; touching and caressing between two teenage girls; a few brief scenes of nudity with sexual innuendo; a few discussions regarding sex.

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Religious persecution, death of family members, murder, war, politics, homosexuality, underage drinking.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Characters frequently drink; underage drinking.

Reviewed By Rachel
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