- File Size: 1870 KB
- Print Length: 417 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1521391556
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (May 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0722XD8QZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Hart has a lucrative if illegal side-line, taking great pleasure in dressing up as a highwayman and robbing whatever rich Parliamentarian worthies come his way. On one such occasion, the party he holds up includes a young woman, Elizabeth Seton, who is on her way to join her aunt.
Ms Bazos does an excellent job of developing her two protagonists – and especially their growing feelings for each other. Initially, Elizabeth does her best to deny what she feels for James, but our hero is nothing if not persistent, and soon enough it is them against the world – a world in which a certain Constable Hammond looms uncomfortably large.
Well-researched (in particular I loved the various herbal medicines and plasters) and well-written, Traitor’s Knot is an engaging read, very much due to the two charming and adequately fallible protagonists. Yes, at times it’s a bit too black and white, with Puritans depicted as emotionless monsters, but mostly the people depicted are like people are—good at keeping their heads down to avoid retribution. Fortunately for James and Elizabeth, even dour Parliamentarians have an innate sense of right and wrong as otherwise this story would have ended very, very differently. As it is, James and his lady love are set to face new adventures and I for one am looking forward to meeting them again.
James Hart, a highwayman, (modelled on the real-life Royalist highwaymen of the day such as Hind) is defying Cromwell's Oath of Allegiance, and making his own rules by not only robbing the rich to feed the poor, but by continuing to support the Crown against the Commonwealth. He falls for Elizabeth Seton, a herbalist and healer, who has chosen to leave her family for a distant aunt, rather than be condemned to life in her sister's staunchly Puritanical household. When the two characters meet, they find they have much in common, and the romance soon grows wings. Elizabeth's aunt is a supporter of the Knot, a fictional organisation that gives safe houses to Catholic recusants, and Elizabeth is drawn into helping them. However, The King needs James's assistance, and our highwayman hero must leave Elizabeth prey to another suitor - the preacher who will show no mercy if he were to uncover a royalist, and a woman who supports papists, in their midst.
Cryssa Bazos is equally at home writing battle scenes as writing romance, and the pace keeps the reader turning the pages. The book is chock-full of historical facts, and these are seamlessly woven into the plot. Fans of English Civil War fiction will lap this up, and it would also suit readers who enjoy classic historical fiction by for example Kathleen Winsor, Georgette Heyer, or Pamela Belle as well as the thrillers of Michael Arnold.
I received this as a review copy from the publisher.
James Hart may appear to be a hardworking ostler, but it could not be farther from the truth. He is, in fact, a Royalist officer and a renowned highwayman. He is determined to see the rightful King back on the throne of England and if he has to steal from the Puritans pockets to do so, then so be it!
Elisabeth Seton has lost everything. Her home, her family, and her honour. Her father fought on the losing side during the Civil War, and now she is regarded as the traitor’s daughter. She will live with the shame for that is her lot to bear, but then a chance meeting with a highwayman changes her life forever and gives her a reason to hope.
There are some books that when you turn the pages, everything else is suddenly not so important. You get lost in the story, as you watch the events unfold in front of you. Traitor’s Knot by Cryssa Bazos is such a book.
Set during the reign of Cromwell, Ms. Bazos takes you on the most fascinating and compelling journey as she weaves a story of what it was like to be a Royalist in the time of the Puritan rule. The attention to historical detail has to be commended. It seems that nothing escaped Ms. Bazos attention. The hours of research that have gone into this book has certainly paid off. Ms. Bazos has brought the era to life.
This book has a large cast of characters, all of which were very well drawn. The two protagonists, James and Elisabeth, were so real in the telling that when someone brings up this era in conversation the first thing that will spring to mind, from now on, are these two fictional characters — that is how good they have been portrayed.
I have to say bravo to Ms. Bazos at her portrayal of Hammond. Hammond is probably the best portrayal of an antagonist that I have ever read. His mind is so corrupted that he twists the teachings of the Bible to accuse innocent men and women of the most horrendous crimes, when the real crime was what he was committing. But of course, he is blind to his wrongdoing but sees evil in everyone else. He is the perfect character to go up against our brave heroes.
The story is very compelling. So much happens in this book and near the end I was dreading turning the pages, fearing what was going to happen next. The action is non-stop, from battles to marketplaces. From royalty to the poorest of the poor. From filthy jails to beautiful countryside. From violence to romance. This book has something for everyone.
As I was reading Traitor’s Knot, I could not help but think of the great classic, Launa Doone by Richard Doddridge Blackmore. It had the same feel to it — that same desperate but compelling need to carry on turning those pages. Traitor’s Knot would make a fabulous mini-series on the television. It would certainly be a must watch.
Needless to say, I LOVED it. It is certainly in the top 5 books I have read and reviewed so far this year.
I Highly Recommend.