The Boleyn King

The Boleyn King

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"The first book in an enthralling trilogy that dares to imagine: What if Anne Boleyn had actually given Henry VIII a son who grew up to be king? Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, known as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by William's mother, Anne Boleyn. Against a tide of secrets, betrayal, and murder, William finds himself fighting for the very soul of his kingdom. Then, when he and Dominic both fall in love with Minuette, romantic obsession looms over a new generation of Tudors. One among them will pay the price for a king's desire, as a shocking twist of fate changes England's fortunes forever."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780345534095
Characteristics: 358 pages ;,21 cm.

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PrimaGigi Jun 04, 2013

The world is filled with what ifs? In this tale of the Tudor dynasty; What if Anne Boleyn had delivered of a son and hadn't miscarried? Henry IX or William; William is the new king of England after the death of Henry VIII. Anne survives in this time-line to see her children grow-up and ascend to the throne. But there is a catch, that might up end the legitimacy of William's reign. We are given two best friends that act as conscious and love interest for William and Elizabeth. Minuette and Dominic: a lady and solider whom it seems are coming to terms with the love of the other, whilst their King tries to deal with his own growing infatuation with Minuette. Littered with intrigue, subterfuge, and war (of the heart and political). It's a quick read (it being only twenty chapters) there are times that Andersen's writing gets bogged down trying to describe every little detail of court life and the moments when the companions aren't trying to fight a war and a battle at home. The battles scences and the banter between them are what keep the book from sounding like history class. I'm not a big fan of love-triangles, but if you are this book is definable for you. It's a good beach, thunderstorm or lazy afternoon read.

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