"It is as if Henry VIII, Mary and Elizabeth were combined into one character, and unleashed for the first time: so much more fun than another Boleyn book". ("Independent"). "Compelling, exotic and fast-paced: a wonderful story of love and death that transports you into a forgotten world". (Vanora Bennett). "Speedy, gripping, historical fiction". (Marie Claire). "Clothier has a good story, a vigorous style and well-turned phrase". ("Times Literary Supplement").