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Posted November 29, 2013
Posted November 26, 2013
And the story continues . . . The "what if" (that Anne Boleyn successfully delivered a boy to Henry VIII) begun in THE BOLEYN KING finds the quartet of William (now King Henry IX), sister Elizabeth, friend Dominic, and love Minuette fending with the French, the Catholics, the Scottish, fellow Englishmen, and their own hearts. Laura Andersen is a terrific storyteller on par with Karen Harper, Sharon Kay Penman, and Elizabeth Chadwick. I can't wait for the thrilling conclusion to this series.
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Posted July 13, 2014
I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but I was curious about the long term sustainability involving a character that's fictional surrounded by events and people that are very much a part of history. I think the author has done a lot of research before tackling this series to make it seem as believable as possible.
I wasn't sure what to think of William in the first book. He's a young king stepping out of regency with a powerful legacy to live up to. I think he might have been afraid to spread his wings at first, but now he's really coming into his own. I feel the author has done an excellent job of making it plausible that he's a mixture of Henry and Anne. He seems to exhibit qualities from both parents. He's fierce in his love for Minuette and will bend at nothing to get exactly what he wants. He's manipulating history into place.
I found Elizabeth to be fascinating in this series. She's pretty much in the exact same position that she was in history. She knows she has the ability of be a wonderful ruler. But, will she be given the chance? The only difference is that I feel she doesn't have to walk on eggshells as much with Willliam and she really did with Mary.
I find it fascinating that the author has managed to make events still happen in different manners. So, I have a feeling that the world is going to end up in a very similar situation when Elizabeth comes to power in this alternate version of history. So, was it always Elizabeth's fate to become Queen?
The only thing about this book that throws me off a little is the absolute familiarity between William, Elizabeth, Minuette, and Dominic. I just don't expect that. It's obviously changing now that certain situations have come up. I wonder if we will ever get that tone that says "you can't speak in that familiar way because I am King"
I've loved this series so far. I'm excited to see how we get to that final point in history!
Posted January 17, 2014
I read this just having finished the first installment of this trilogy. The second was better than the first, or maybe I was used to the author's style. I have to say, this book now took our love triangle into what I felt was too near the legend of Isolde & Tristian, and not original. I was much more interested in what was happening with Elizabeth. and the intrigue has some unseen surprises. I will read the last, but will know this trilogy could have been so much more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2014
Posted December 31, 2013
Great if you've read the Boleyn King. Not as much intrigue in this novel as the first, yet it was still a page turner and I will eagerly wait for the next book in the trilogy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 18, 2013
This is an awesome book! This is the second book in a trilogy, which I didn’t realize until I started reading it…but Laura Andersen does a great job of explaining what’s happening, so I had no problem getting into the story and loving the characters even though I hadn’t read the first book. (though I will probably go back and read the first book soon just to get even more detail on the characters)
This is a story about what it might have been like had Anne Boleyn had a son to be heir to the King. It is so well written. There are a lot of characters, and with theirs titles I was a bit lost at first trying to keep track, but I soon had hold of the important ones and came to like them very much.
There’s William, Anne’s son and now King. Elizabeth, Anne’s daughter. Dominic, William’s closest friend and adviser. And Minuette, Elizabeth’s closest friend and lady in waiting. These four have grown up together and are very close friends…which becomes really complicated when romantic feelings come up between William, Minuette and Dominic.
Life in court is always filled with plots, intrigue and subterfuge…between dealing with love, murder, politics and religion, there’s always something to take your breath away!
It does leave off in quite an important place so I’m dying to get the next book!! Can’t wait!!
Posted November 18, 2013
A worthy and satisfying addition to the story of Queen Anne Bolynn's son and daughter. Familiar historical characters plot and scheme in intriguing ways. I especially enjoy when the story follows Elizabeth's point of view. Her remarkable abilities are highlighted as she maneuvers through the minefield of standing next in line to the throne-a role she lived most of her true early days. Her character is shown more sypathetically than in any other work I have read. The other appealing element is the love story woven between the two fictional characters who are life long friends of the royal siblings. The rich, well rounded character development makes this a worthwhile reading experience. Now all that is needed is patience to wait for the next installment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 16, 2013