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Traitor's Knot

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  47 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Endeavour Press
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Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cryssa Bazos’ début novel, Traitor’s Knot, is a strongly written and very readable story set during the years immediately following the execution of King Charles I at the end of the Second English Civil War in 1649.  Ms. Bazos has clearly researched extensively, and has a very approachable style which draws the reader into the story and the uncertain world of seventeenth century England, a country torn apart by religious and political divides which have yet to be healed.

The story is told through
Helen Hollick
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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'Ms Bazos delivers a fluid prose. Her characters come to life as does the setting, and frankly, what more can one want from a historical novel?'
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
England 1650: Parliament has executed King Charles I, and the English Civil War is over. Meanwhile ordinary English men and women must get back to life, living with the consequences of loyalties and principles tested, stretched, strained, and sometimes broken. The winning side, as it often does, holds the only culturally acceptable moral high ground, and everyone else must bow to the pressure of the new political landscape or suffer the consequences. Memories are long, and grudges hold fast.

Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
My goodness me, what a book! This is absolutely superb, it’s fresh and new and exactly how I like my historical romances to be. The Traitor’s Knot is the first book I have read by this author, and it won’t be the last. I haven’t read a story from the English Civil war for years and The Traitor’s Knot and Ms Bazos has just re-awakened my interest in the era. This is one of those books that you hear about and read about and instantly like the look of and as soon as you start reading it, from the f ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this a lot. I generally don't feel anxiety wondering how the principals will get their HEA, but I was genuinely worried at times. There was a little too much time spent on the hero and heroine apart, making this perhaps less a romance than a straight historical novel. Looking forward to reading the second one, especially as people have assured me it's even better. I hope Nathaniel Lewis gets a book!
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is 1650 in England and the aftermath of the Civil War is rippling throughout the countryside and its people. Many refuse to accept the actions of the new government and with hidden figures plotting, nobody knows who they can trust. James Hart is doing what he can to fight for what he believes in even if it means he must become a highwayman to achieve his goals, and then his world is altered when he meets her...
Elizabeth Seton has been shunned as a traitor's daughter but that does not stop her
Lisa Llamrei
In the years following the English Civil War, royalist officer James Hart is working in a stable while moonlighting as a highwayman in order to raise money to restore the monarchy. Elizabeth Seton is a traitor's daughter who risks her life by sheltering fugitives from Parliament in her aunt's home.

The sensory details were so complete, I felt I was immersed in seventeenth century England. In addition, the historical context was woven through the narrative in such a way that it never felt contriv
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

A highly enjoyable book set in one of the most turbulent period of English history. James and Elizabeth - the hero and heroine - are wonderful characters, whose love is threatened by the hateful Ezekiel Hammond and James' duty to King Charles II. The story is wonderful and, at times, breathtaking. Full of suspense, it leaves the reader constantly wondering if all well be alright in the end, and leaves you guessing to the very last minute. A love story at its heart, but full off suspense
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This exceptional read delivers thrilling history, romance, and pulse-pounding action. I knew very little about the conflict between Royalists and Roundheads in 17th century England when I picked up this book. The divided loyalties, treachery, and heartache of this period in history came to thrilling life in Traitor’s Knot. Cryssa Bazos has a masterful ability to inhabit the past and transport the reader into a different world. I loved the deft interweaving of romance and action, and her characte ...more
Rosie Amber
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Traitor’s Knot is a historical romance set during the English Civil War. It opens with a scene from the Battle of Naseby which took place in 1645. Cromwell’s Roundheads are set to take victory as Royalist Captain James Hart is unhorsed, his only chance of escape to change into the clothes of a dead Roundhead.

Elizabeth Seton lives in Weymouth. She comes from a family of healers, but now the war is over, their family is still tainted from the time their father took up arms against Cromwell’s men.
Ruth Chatlien
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
You know how when people break up they sometimes say, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Well, that’s why I’m giving this book three stars. It’s not the book, it’s me. Romance novels aren’t my cup of tea, and when I bought this, I didn’t pay enough attention to it to realize that it sits squarely in the historical romance genre. If you enjoy those, this is probably a 4-5 star book.
Jenny Q
Aug 18, 2017 marked it as historical-editorial
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Catherine Meyrick
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Traitor’s Knot begins in 1645 with the Battle of Naseby where the New Model Army commanded by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell all but destroyed the Royalist army. James Hart, a Royalist captain, despite the hardening influence of three years at war, is shocked to his core when, in his escape from pursuing Roundheads, he discovers that the slaughter has extended even to the Royalist camp followers. These were, for the most part, Welsh women following their men, providing care such as nursi ...more
Julia Ibbotson
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in England in 1650, this debut novel recreates vividly the aftermath of the English civil war and portrays clearly the sense of suspicion and danger that lurks in every encounter. I was unsure as to whether I would enjoy the story, as this is not a historical period I have studied or felt particularly intrigued by, as I am an early medievalist - but the world of the seventeenth century was brought to life in such an authoritative and captivating way by Cryssa Bazos that it drew me in complet ...more
Allison M
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the historical detail in this story! It really brought the tumultuous English Civil War - Interregnum period home to me. As a Scot, I actually really enjoyed the sometimes (oftentimes!) unflattering perspective held by English Royalists towards Scottish nobles and forces - it is good to learn by seeing things from a different point of view. I found the historical and adventure aspects of this book really compelling.

There is also a strong romance/occasional erotica element to the book, th
Elizabeth St.John
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Traitor’s Knot is as finely wrought as Prince Rupert’s sword; a beautifully etched blade delivering a sharp edge to a Civil War love story with a twist. With two protagonists (James and Elizabeth) on equal footing within the novel, their individual stories throw light on a time and place that is sadly under-represented in historical fiction; together they are force to be reckoned with. In her debut novel, Ms Bazos has shown herself capable of bringing the English Civil War to the forefront of th ...more
A.B. Funkhauser
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Debut historical novelist Cryssa Bazos takes the rebel road with a twist—her protagonists want a monarchical restoration. It’s 1650 post civil war, and England’s Stuarts are out. Oliver Cromwell and Parliament rule absolutely. As subjects become citizens, sovereign oaths fall to allegiances sworn out at the point of a blade. Not everyone can take the tyranny of man lying down. And so the pages of TRAITOR'S KNOT roll fluidly, beautifully, and without interruption. There is
3.75 * This book was a little hard to rate. The first 30-40% I thought it was on it's way to being a five star read. Then it dragged a little from the 55% mark to around 85% so that brought it down for me.

The good (or great):
The author's first book and for that reason it was impressive.
The author's attention to detail and the use of language that felt appropriate for the time.
Two very likeable main characters, James Hart and Elizabeth, that were developed well.
Setting, English Civil War 1650s
Mary Yarde
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For King, For Country, And For The Woman He Loves…

James Hart may appear to be a hardworking ostler, but it could not be farther from the truth. He is, in fact, a Royalist officer and a renowned highwayman. He is determined to see the rightful King back on the throne of England and if he has to steal from the Puritans pockets to do so, then so be it!

Elisabeth Seton has lost everything. Her home, her family, and her honour. Her father fought on the losing side during the Civil War, and now she is
Roland Clarke
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
When I first read the reviews, I added Traitor’s Knot to my Must-Read list. However, I was lucky enough to win a copy in a Giveaway – so many thanks, Cryssa Bazos.

Growing up in England, it was hard not to take sides over the English Civil War so this excellent novel stirred all the right passions and unleashed memories. As a child, I was a Royalist but then switched my loyalties to Parliament as I read more. Then I saw yet another side and wavered again. Therefore, I can feel how many of the ch
Erika Messer
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 l ...more
Clemens Schoonderwoert
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel, by for me a new surprisingly talented author, is a very suspenseful and thrilling book to read.
The historical details concerning this story are very well researched and documented in the Historical notes, as well as superbly implemented within this great book.
Story-telling is of a superb quality by this author, simply because she has the capability in bringing the English Civil War to you in a most wonderful lifelike fashion, and in as just a great manner as Giles Kristian did
Anne Harvey
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost from the first paragraph of this wonderful adventure/romance story, I knew I was going to love it. Set in the years after the end of the English Civil War, the divisions of brother against brother are still causing disruption, with many royalist sympathisers either imprisoned or under heavy fines. Following the death of her beloved mother, and with her sister married to a Roundhead trooper, Elizabeth leaves her home town of Weymouth to live with her widowed aunt, Isobel, in Warwickshire. ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a bit of adventure (and romance) with my historical fiction and this novel does not disappoint. Ms. Bazos writes a mean battle scene, but she is just as skilled writing about everyday life whether in the parlor or in the village, lacing the story with details that take us back to 17th century England. Traitor’s Knot vividly paints the social and political turbulent times. The tension and budding relationship between James and Elizabeth is fun to watch unfold. These characters, as well as ...more
Cindy Woods
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is an extremely well written and devised story with a most suspenseful plot full of historical emphasis on Charles II's attempt to regain the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in the 17th century. I find this era in history fascinating and, by chance, happened on this book. What a find!
This author does an amazing job of describing life under Cromwell's reign of religious fervency at a time when Charles Stuart made his attempt to unseat him. I cannot say enough of how close
Susie Vereker
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Traitor’s Knot is an impressively well-researched and well-written historical novel set in the aftermath of the Civil War (the struggle between the King and Parliament) in England mostly during Cromwell’s Puritan army period of rule after the beheading of Charles 1. The macho hero, highwayman-soldier-Royalist James, takes part in numerous battles and skirmishes, realistically described at length, as is the love story between him and the strong young woman, healer Elizabeth. The pair are separate ...more
Johann Laesecke
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Traitor's Knot grabbed me at the start and did not let go all the way to the suspenseful conclusion. Just like one of Elizabeth's carefully prepared healing concoctions, the author combined all the ingredients in the proper amounts to create an outstanding story:
Excellent character development at all levels
Passionate love story
Family and friend relationships under stress
A cunning and obsessed villain who believes the end justifies any means
Loyalty and disloyalty
Heart pounding action, adventure a
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't read historical fiction. And I'm no huge fan of Jane Austen or the Brontes or this genre. But I am a huge fan of a romance that makes you use your brain. And that is what Cryssa Bazos has managed to accomplish in this, her debut novel. It is well-researched, well-written, and a thrilling read. She made me use my Grade 9 History, recalling the deeds of Cromwell (who I always thought was a jerk but my teacher was anti-monarchist, so this novel was a vindication for me!), and the strife of ...more
Oh Look,AnotherBook
Confession time - I saw this book on my best friends coffee table and having staked an interest in the said book, my friend was kind enough to let me borrow it, although I was under strict instructions not to read it in the bath. Of course I agreed, but you know how it is. Thankfully the damage is not too bad, and I actually think water damage gives a book character. Umm...!
This book is amazingly addictive. I could not put it down, this book was glued to my hand (except for the whole dropping it
A Holland Reads
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book set in this time period tend to grab my interest. I am a fan of the pre-1900 time period and read as much set in that time and about it as I can. This is the first book I have read by this author and I was not disappointed in it. I enjoyed all the historical details she included in her story. I have not actually read much about the English Civil War so I learned a bit as reading this and now want more. It was fun to watch as Elizabeth and James's relationship grew throughout the book. Even ...more
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I am a historical fiction writer and 17th Century enthusiast, with a particular interest in the English Civil War (ECW). I blog about English history and storytelling at my blog, the 17th Century Enthusiast, and I'm a co-editor of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog site.

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