“I liked this novel intensely. A gripping read.”

-Philippa Gregory, bestelling author of The Other Boleyn Girl



Forrester is the pen name of historian Dr. Ian Mortimer, and the author’s scholarship comes through in every richly-evocative scene. In 1563, Queen Elizabeth’s England is a dangerous place for Catholics, and although William Harley has risen within the royal ranks his life could be at stake if his allegiances are revealed.


When a friend convinces William to help him hide a heretical manuscript—one that holds secrets that could topple the crown and involves the Knights of the Round Table—the danger becomes extreme. The conspiracy surrounding the manuscript leads William down a dark path—to places that he never knew existed.  


The next adventure in this spellbinding series, The Roots of Betrayal, is available now on NOOK.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what James recommends:


by spec on ‎02-15-2013 07:45 AM

I'll be posting a bit later today.

by butterflly13 on ‎02-15-2013 07:46 AM

A Different Kind of Fairy Tale  by: Morgan Rayne


A Sweet Smile  by: Robin L. Baxa


Unbroken by: Carolynn Amara


Unspoken by: Carolynn Amara


Awakened by: Brenda K. Davies



Wings of Love by: Jeanette Skutinik


Amusing Love by: Robin L. Baxa


A Valentine for harlequins Anniversary


Moonlight and Roses by: Jean Joachim


Way Out West  by: Blanche Marriott


Fresh Cut Romance by: Dee Dawning


Killing Memories by: Tatiana Moore


The Trait by: Kristin Damon

by TimDarling on ‎02-15-2013 07:53 AM

looks good, thank you for maintaining Free Fridays

by Linnmcd on ‎02-15-2013 07:57 AM

Question - I am a middle school media specialist (grades 6-8) who is always on the lookout for books for my high level readers. Would this book be appropriate for this type of reader? (nothing overtly sexual or no extreme descriptive violence).

by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎02-15-2013 08:01 AM

I enjoy historical fiction and I really love thrillers, so this book sounds like it's a winner!  Thanks Jeremy and B&N.


Happy reading this weekend everyone!:smileyhappy:

by eReaderPerks on ‎02-15-2013 08:02 AM

Happy Friday!

Here are some top-rated Nook freebies for today. (All of these are 4+ rated):

Fantasy 4.5 Stars/180 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-world-danielle-q-lee/1111939355?ean=2940032972808

Horror 4.3 Stars/17 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/split-brain-jameson-kowalczyk/1108192140?ean=2940032961505

Mystery/Thriller 4.1 Stars/37 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/father-stone-brendan-gerad-obrien/1107395209?ean=2940032838357

Romance 4.3 Stars/23 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/setting-the-standard-kate-vivid-shorts-1-kate-vivid/1112041036?ean=2...

Teen/Young Adult Fantasy 4.3 Stars/89 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ignite-kaitlyn-davis/1106913247?ean=2940032804314

Hope you find a great weekend read! :smileyhappy:

Lorie @ www.eReaderPerks.com (Free Nook Books in 19 Genres)

by Cindy_Lou_Who22 on ‎02-15-2013 08:08 AM

Linnmcd, please go read the excerpt you'll find on the the book's page.  Scroll down above the reviews to find it.  Personally I find the violence descriptive.

by GracieMae on ‎02-15-2013 08:41 AM

Can't wait to dive into "Sacred Treason". I just love love historical novels!!!!!!! Thank you everyone for posting and will be back later to check for more freebies! Love FRIDAYS with the NOOK BLOG! Thanks again everyone!

by Moderator dhaupt ‎02-15-2013 08:55 AM - edited ‎02-15-2013 09:09 AM

Thanks B&N and Jeremy this looks delicious.

I love thrillers and I love historical fiction so wow what could be better


I hope everyone had a great Valentine's day yesterday and have a great weekend :smileyhappy:


It's also been suggested for the March Nook feature- if you're interested voice your opinion- http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Fiction-General-Discussion/The-Nook-feature-to-do-it-or-not-t...


Thanks TarHeelGirl :smileyhappy:


by Arlr on ‎02-15-2013 09:09 AM

Once again, I thank you Barnes and Noble for  free book Friday!  I can't wait to start reading this.

by Sparrow1976 on ‎02-15-2013 09:10 AM

thank you Jeff for posting the Fergus books.  Read Fergus the Ferry to my baby nephew and he was transfixed on the colors on my nook.  these will be nice additions to have for him. 

by Laurast on ‎02-15-2013 09:36 AM

Thanks for the free book listing :smileyhappy:


by BethAnnCullen on ‎02-15-2013 09:36 AM

Thank You!! :cathappy:

by Keddibear on ‎02-15-2013 10:00 AM

On first scroll I missed spec because I was looking for the links, then I found myself genuinely concerned if spec was feeling okay today!  I figured it out eventually, but it's funny how much I look forward to this post and how I guess I'm part of the family!  Thanks to Jeremy and butterfly13 and spec and everybody else that is thoughtful enough to feed my habit on the cheap, and Happy Free Fridays everyone!