Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Boleyn King by Laura Anderson

What if Anne Boleyn have birth to a healthy boy in 1536? What if that boy, William, grew up to be King?
17 year old Will is on the cusp of taking over his Kingdom. His mother, Anne Boleyn, is still healthy and living, though his father died when he was 10. Will's reign is already being tested before it even begins. The French are trying to draw him into a costly war and treachery remains firmly entrenched in English soil. Will must use his older sister, Elizabeth, and his friend Dominic, and his mother's orphaned ward, Minuette. As the four try to discover the root of the plot against Will, Dominic and Will discover a mutual love. Love, war and politics threaten the next generation of the Tudors.

Full disclosure: I love Anne Boleyn. Laura Anderson takes us to a world where Anne triumphs and continues the Tudor Family. William is a perfect King. He has his mother's looks and scheming and his father's temper and  impulsive nature. Elizabeth remains the same Elizabeth that history records. Dominic and Minuette provide balance to the two royals. Anderson's alternate history doesn't spare the drama either. Rochford and Seymour are play the political schemes with Tudor like accuracy. This book makes me wish that Will really had survived. I'm looking forward to the next two installments in this trilogy!

I received this book from Edelweiss. Thank you to the publisher!

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