The Chalice: A Novel by Nancy Bilyeau

The Chalice: A Novel
by Nancy Bilyeau

A curse to kill a king, a fight to save a country.  The sequel to Nancy Bilyeau's acclaimed historical thriller THE CROWN is coming in paperback in March, 2014!

In 1538, England is in the midst of bloody power struggles between crown and cross that threaten to tear the country apart. Aristocrat-turned-novice Joanna Stafford has seen what lies inside the king's torture rooms and risks imprisonment again, when she is caught up in a shadowy international plot targeting the King. As the power plays turn vicious, Joanna understands she may have to assume her role in a prophecy foretold by three different seers, each more omniscient than the last.

Joanna realizes the life of Henry VIII as well as the future of Christendom are in her hands—hands that must someday hold the chalice that lays at the center of these deadly prophecies…


"THE CHALICE is an engrossing mix of the complicated politics of the Reformation with the magical elements of the Dominican order, and Joanna—fiery, passionate, determined to honor what she thinks God wants her to do—is a fascinating character. Fans of historical mysteries, Tudor politics and supernatural fiction will all be pleased by the broad scope, quick-moving plot and historical integrity of Bilyeau's second novel."
—Shelf Awareness

"English history buffs and mystery fans alike will revel in Nancy Bilyeau's richly detailed sequel to THE CROWN."  —Parade

"The novel is riveting, and provides fascinating insight into the lives of displaced nuns and priests during the tumultuous Tudor period. Bilyeau creates fully realized characters, with complex actions and emotions, driving the machinations of these historic personages."   —Romantic Times Book Reviews, Top Pick

Purchase The Chalice: A Novel
Paperback Coming March 5, 2014

About the Author
Nancy Bilyeau's trilogy of historical thrillers set in Tudor England have been nominated for awards and published in more than nine countries. The protagonist, a Catholic novice named Joanna Stafford, is a woman caught in the crosswinds of time, struggling to survive and protect those she loves in the most dangerous years of the reign of Henry VIII.

Nancy is a writer and magazine editor who has worked on the staffs of InStyle, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Ladies' Home Journal and is currently the executive editor of DuJour. She was born in Chicago and grew up in Michigan. Now she lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her debut novel, "The Crown," took five years of research into Tudor England, including traveling to London and Dartford, in Kent, to find the ruins of its lost priory of the Dominican Order.
In 2012, "The Crown" was short-listed for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award by the Crime Writers' Association. The next book in the series, "The Chalice," went on sale this year in North America, the United Kingdom and Germany.  She is currently writing the third suspense-driven historical novel in the trilogy, "The Covenant."