In the Tudor Court of 1518, your friends and enemies can be one and the same…During the annual celebration of the Order of the Garter, Sir Michael Devereaux arrives in King Henry VIII’s court on a mission for his benefactor. The celebration’s endless feats and sumptuous women delight the charismatic newcomer, who becomes captivated by the enigmatic Princess Renee of France. But evil, it seems, has followed Michael to the court. Shortly after his arrival, an unknown killer claims several victims, including the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, and the powerful Cardinal Wolsey asks Michael to help with the investigation. As he searches for the killer, Michael is haunted by disturbing images of the victims – flashes of violence that lead him to doubt his own sanity. Michael soon realizes that the key to solving the crime is connected to both the Pope’s Imperial vault in Rome and a mystery from Michael’s own past – revealing a secret that is so damning, it could forever alter the future of mankind.
Basically this is probably one of the best books i have ever read. period. Usually when i read a book about old England, i prepare myself for dull boring historical re-enactments with a over creative love story with many sex scenes, and a lot of random killings...but this one definitely shocked me, it had random killings, and sex scenes especially, but it was a more down to earth believable tale. When i first started to read it, i fell in love with reading the womans side "Renee", she is the best example of French beauty that the author could have created, you will love her personality, and "Michael" would be the perfect example of a charming bad boy, that secretly just wants to be loved. The book is not cliche at all which was very surprising for its genre, and the last 3rd of the book was a complete surprise, the ending perfect and unexpected too.