Traitor's Knot by Cryssa Bazos Blog Tour with Personal Review :)

Traitor's Knot by Cryssa Bazos

Publication Date: May 9, 2017 Endeavor Press eBook; 394 Pages Genre: Fiction/Historical/Romance


England 1650: Civil War has given way to an uneasy peace in the year since Parliament executed King Charles I. Royalist officer James Hart refuses to accept the tyranny of the new government, and to raise funds for the restoration of the king’s son, he takes to the road as a highwayman. Elizabeth Seton has long been shunned for being a traitor’s daughter. In the midst of the new order, she risks her life by sheltering fugitives from Parliament in a garrison town. But her attempts to rebuild her life are threatened, first by her own sense of injustice, then by falling in love with the dashing Hart. The lovers’ loyalty is tested through war, defeat and separation. James must fight his way back to the woman he loves, while Elizabeth will do anything to save him, even if it means sacrificing herself. Traitor’s Knot is a sweeping tale of love and conflicted loyalties set against the turmoil of the English Civil War.

“A hugely satisfying read that will appeal to historical fiction fans who demand authenticity, and who enjoy a combination of suspense, action, and a very believable love story.” - Elizabeth St. John, author of The Lady of the Tower
“A thrilling historical adventure expertly told.” - Carol McGrath, author of The Handfasted Wife

Traitor's Knot is available in eBook & Paperback at Amazon


I am a huge fan of historical fiction books and this one definitely captivated me.  I love the setting which is during the mid 1600's in England.  Elizabeth Seton is an amazingly strong and well-written character - she boldly stands up to a highwayman who could kill her, and yet she also abides by the "rules" of her times regarding ladies.  I love that she was once part of a very important family until her father became a traitor and everyone shunned her.  You can feel how she is feeling about her life and I think that is what makes her a great character - she is relatable.  Interesting and full of life, she immediately captures the attention of Ostler James and he presses for a courtship but she keeps him at bay for a while.  I love the way their story is told, how they are ripped apart and have to find their way back together.  All of the characters are richly designed and even if we don't get to see a lot of them in the book they somehow stick with us - like the highwayman.  I love how James and Elizabeth are both very stubborn and fall in love in spite of that.  But she is quite the firecracker and would definitely be too much for some men to handle (I believe at one point Isabel uses the word "insolent"), especially during that time period.  And of course I like the fact that Elizabeth is strong and proud of her ties to her father even after being thrown away for his actions that had nothing to do with her.  She overcomes and goes on and I like strong female leads who can show us that no matter what occurs, we can always keep going and not let it ruin you.  

Overall I loved this book and I loved the complexity of each character, seeing their backgrounds helped me understand who they were.  A true love story with some serious struggles along the way to get back together.

With historical novels I find they are much more interesting when the author uses phrases and words from that specific time period, and this book had that.  "A pox on your family" meaning curse your family was probably my favorite from this book.  When you read a historical fiction book you should be transported back to the time and place in every way, and this book did that for me - I was amused and saddened and finally ... well I won't give away the ending!  But if you love historical fiction and an English setting then this is a great book to read!  And of course this will be a series so I can't wait to read the other books.  


About the Author

Cryssa Bazos is a historical fiction writer and 17th Century enthusiast, with a particular interest in the English Civil War (ECW). She blogs about English history and storytelling at her blog, the 17th Century Enthusiast, and is an editor of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog site. Cryssa's debut novel, Traitor’s Knot, a romantic tale of adventure set during the English Civil War. Traitor’s Knot is the first in a series of adventures spanning from the ECW to the Restoration and is now available from Endeavour Press. For more information visit Cryssa's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, August 1Kick Off at Passages to the Past Wednesday, August 2Review at Romantic Historical Reviews Thursday, August 3Review & Excerpt at Locks, Hooks and Books Monday, August 7Interview at Aurora B's Book Blog Thursday, August 10Review & Excerpt at Books of All Kinds Friday, August 11Review at WS Momma Readers Nook Tuesday, August 15Review at A Chick Who ReadsInterview at T's Stuff Friday, August 18Interview at Let Them Read Books


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a signed paperback copy of Traitor's Knot! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on August 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to residents in the US & Canada only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.


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