Rich with authentic drama, THE QUEEN'S FOOL illuminates the treacherous world of Tudor England, when the conflict between Henry VIII's daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, reaches its height.

Into this whirlwind of danger comes Hannah Green, a clever young woman who has escaped the Spanish Inquisition and hides her religious heritage by taking on the role of court fool.

But she is far from a fool and far from safe. She gets caught in the struggle for power between Mary and Elizabeth and Elizabeth's beloved, Robert Dudley, who sends Hannah to spy on Mary, whose religious fanaticism threatens them all.

Continuing in the vein of her bestseller The Other Boleyn Girl, Gregory returns to Tudor England, where in a world of treachery and lies, only the fool can discover and speak the truth.

It is a fascinating world, brought to life through real and imagined characters. Mary and Elizabeth's struggle mirrors the battles between their royal mothers, and though readers know the outcome, Gregory leaves you on the edge of your seat, watching Hannah navigate through this dangerous territory. This is masterful storytelling and historical fiction at its very best. (Feb., 432 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin