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Book Review of The Boleyn King by Laura Anderson

The Boleyn King

Entertaining, Alternate Version of History

The Boleyn King: A Novel (Anne Boleyn Trilogy)

*I received an ARC (advanced review copy) of this book in exchange for my honest review.

After reading The Boleyn King, I rushed over to my computer to see when the release date for the second book in the series is. Laurie Anderson has created an amazing book based on a "what-if" scenario with real historical characters in an alternate history. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series when they are released.

The Boleyn King enters into speculative territory with a new twist on the Tudors. What if Anne Boleyn, the wife of Henry VIII had given birth to a boy and that boy grew up to be the King of England? The novel centers around this young king, William, along with his close friends, Dominic and Minuette raised alongside him. Elizabeth also plays a part as William's sister and there is Mary, their half sister, stubbornly clinging to her Catholic beliefs and bringing an element of tension to the young king's reign.

Amidst the political turmoil between the Protestants and the Catholics, the existence of a document called the Penitent's Confession surfaces and threatens to throw William's reign into turmoil. It's rumored that the document is a signed confession stating that William was conceived in an incestuous relationship between William's bother Anne and her brother George Boleyn. A race to locate it ensues with Minuette thrust right into the middle of the treacherous mystery.

The plot thickens when a budding, unspoken attraction between Dominic and Minuette comes to an abrupt halt when William suddenly realizes he is in love with this girl who has been almost a sister to him all his life.

The main characters are teens and this gives the book a Y.A. feel to it. At first it was a little off-putting as it felt a tad too juvenile, but the characters grow on you and they all mature and grow themselves over the course of the book. By the end I was in love with them all and interested to see what twist will put William's sister on the throne, in one of the future novels.

The ending leaves you with a cliffhanger - hence my running to my computer to see when I can read the next book! Although The Boleyn King was a little slow to get into, it was worth sticking with. I loved the fact that even though the book is a totally dreamed up version of history, it read like a well-researched novel. I really enjoyed getting a never before seen view of the Tudors, even if it was made up!  I can't wait to read the next book.

*I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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