The Chalice

The Chalice

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In 1538, England’s bloody power struggle between crown and cross threatens to tear the country apart. Novice Joanna Stafford has tasted the wrath of the royal court, discovered what lies within the king’s torture rooms, and escaped death at the hands of those desperate to possess the power of an ancient relic. Even with all she has experienced, the quiet life is not for Joanna. Despite the possibilities of arrest and imprisonment, she becomes caught up in a shadowy international plot targeting Henry VIII himself. As the power plays turn vicious, Joanna realizes her role is more critical than she’d ever imagined. She must choose between those she loves most and assuming her part in a prophecy foretold by three seers. Repelled by violence, Joanna seizes a future with a man who loves her. But no matter how hard she tries, she cannot escape the spreading darkness of her destiny. To learn the final, sinister piece of the prophecy, she flees across Europe with a corrupt spy sent by Spain. As she completes the puzzle in the dungeon of a twelfth-century Belgian fortress, Joanna realizes the life of Henry VIII as well as the future of Christendom are in her hands—hands that must someday hold the chalice that lies at the center of these deadly prophecies. . . .
Publisher: New York: Touchstone, 2013
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
Description: 485 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781476708652
1476708657
Branch Call Number: Bily

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CRRL_WebEditors Jul 10, 2013

"An interesting historical fiction relating to the time when Henry VIII is choosing wife #4. Political intrigue and religious outrage color the whole story. And while it starts off strong, it ends very weakly. Perhaps the author is writing a sequel?

Also this is the second book to feature Joanna Stafford as the main character. Make sure to read "The Crown" first if you want to understand more of the back story." (Customer review via the summer reading club).

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