Ok, let’s be honest. When I first picked up this book I was a little skeptical. I mean, really, how interesting or exciting is a book about a nun going to be? Well I am extremely happy to announce that I was totally wrong. This book was fantastic! There was mystery, suspense, espionage, deceit, treachery, vengeance, blackmail … and some nuns and friars.
A mystery set in the time King Henry VIII’s reign, during his marriage to Jane Seymour, amidst a world of religious peril. Joanna Stafford is a Dominican novice who, really doesn't seem to have the personality, despite her devotion and her beliefs, to be a nun. She was raided to be a lady of the court before her family’s downfall. She is educated, rebellious, opinionated, and quite frankly, she doesn't know when to keep her mouth shut. Great qualities for a heroine, not so great for a nun.
The plot was exciting with great twists and turns as they search for Athelstan’s crown, an ancient crown said to be hidden in Joanna’s priory. The crown is said to have powers that would be extremely dangerous if it happened to fall into the wrong hands. The book as an essence of The Da Vinci Code as they search for the crown throughout England’s monasteries.
I cannot wait to read the sequel The Chalice which is the continuation of Joanna Stafford’s life, which is good considering The Crown had one of those … WHAT?!?! That’s how it ends?? endings.