London goldsmith, Thomas Treviot, is sent by his patron, Archbishop Cranmer, to discover discreetly what connections West has with leading figures at court. But Thomas has problems of his own: his teenage son has gone off to Norwich to join rebels led by Robert Kett. Trying to find his son and please Cranmer, he is plunged into dangers from peasant mobs, London gangsters and political chicanery, not to mention an enemy wielding occult power…
Recently, at MadeGlobal’s “Meet The Authors” event, I had the honour of not only being sat on a table next to D.K Wilson, but also listening to him talk on one of the panels hosted at the evening. At that point, I hadn’t read any of Wilson’s books (much to my horror and disappointment) but after listening to this excellent historian speak, hearing the absolute excitement in his voice when he spoke about the past, I knew I had to pick up one of his books. And so I downloaded “The Devil’s Chalice” on my kindle the day it was released.
And I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
The Devil’s Chalice is the third book in D.K Wilson’s Thomas Treviot series, in which he tells the stories of unsolved Tudor crimes. It’s certainly an interesting idea and as you read the narrative you can really tell that Wilson has done a hell of a lot of research. Not only that, the story is fast paced – I couldn’t put the book down, wanting to know what would happen next. Not only do we see power struggle, intrigue and black magic, but we also see family struggles as well – Treviot has to deal with his son doing the typical teenage rebellion thing in this novel, something which will only lead to his son being in no end of danger.
This truly is a remarkable book with a wonderful narrative and excellent characterisation. I found myself almost falling in love with some of the characters – Treviot in particular! And at the same time I found myself hating others. That really is a sign of excellent characterisation.
If you like historical fiction, crime thrillers and stories that keep you turning the pages until its 4 in the morning, then this really is the book for you. A highly recommended read – I’ll be getting my hands on Wilson’s other works, for sure!