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T 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 forev. I'm going to have to agree with Khanh on this one The lure of 'what would have happened if Anne Boleyn had lived' is a strong one for Tudorphiles It appeals to our sense of correcting injustice and makes a great hook The way the hypothetical is usually phrased is that Anne does not miscarry in January 1536 thus setting up the alternate timeline That's what the author does here The problem is with Anne getting her happy ending here the alternate timeline is utterly boring There's not nearly as much fascinating drama and excitement to hold my interest King Henry IX is almost as scummy as his father and Princess Elizabeth now lives a dull pampered lifeAnd yes the worst part is the invented fictional characters Something about them just felt constantly off Sometimes it's the choice of a name that was not common or unheard of during the 16th century Sometimes it's their use of 21st century slang Sometimes it's just the whole character as in the case of the protagonist Minuette Her surname is Wyatt but she doesn't seem to be related to the Wyatts her mother is a fictional lady in waiting she was born on the same day as the fictional Henry IX she's Anne Boleyn's ward and Elizabeth's lady and the young king and his best friend are in love with her and she's a super good spy AND everyone simply adores her Isn't that cute No No it's not Minuette is a Mary Sue and I can't stand her Look if you're going to write an alternate history where Anne Boleyn remains ueen guess who I want to hear about Yes Anne Boleyn I want to know what happens in the immediate aftermath of the point of divergence to her I'm not interested in reading about some fictional perfect little miss decades later whilst Anne just sits in the background and then dies That would be boringI should say it didn't help that the story was peppered with modern Americanisms and the author freuently misunderstood the historical era as if she'd consumed too much of the sensationalist tripe that's been floating around in popular media the past few years note; noble families did not pimp out their daughters to the king in exchange for flimsy transitory favoursI won't be continuing with this series3 out of 10

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The Boleyn KingPerfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir and Showtime’s The Tudors The Boleyn King is 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 The Boleyn Epubas William is a king bound by the restr. Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at admit I had to gather my courage before diving into Laura Andersen's The Boleyn King Devoted as I am to history I find the concept of alternative fiction fascinating In the right hands it presents a tantalizing opportunity for brilliance but in the wrong hands well in the wrong hands the term epic disaster seems most appropriate So where in this spectrum does Andersen fall huh In all honesty somewhere between three and four stars but I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt for creativity and the general respect she has for her fact based material The book is told from several points of view my favorite being Princess Elizabeth Even I admit it is a bias opinion as unlike William Dominic and Minuette I already had a clear idea of who she was as a character if not how her life would play out in this alternative 1536 Possessing a certain fondness for the historic Elizabeth I was relieved to find Andersen's characterization was still the fiercely independent woman of legend even if the circumstances of Andersen's story left her chaffing under the rule of her mother Anne BoleynThe author's nod to how different these women were and how their characters would have clashed is only the first of several historical tidbits Andersen slipped into the piece which is why I am shocked so few and by few I mean none of the other reviews I read touched on the obvious research Anderson put into the piece I mean no disrespect but there is really so much here than a fanciful jaunt into what might have beenAndersen makes only one direct change to the history allowing the son Anne historically delivered stillborn to come into the world a healthy and thriving baby boy It is a significant change one that alters the entire course of Tudor history but even in this alternate world certain parallels exist Thomas Seymour still has an unattractive affinity for young women Jane Grey is still being thrust at the unmarried Tudor monarch by her power hungry relations Mary still holds Anne accountable for her mother's downfall George Boleyn remains angrily saddled with the sour Jane Parker and our young Elizabeth still bares a tender affection for the already wed Robert Dudley Fanciful though her work is Anderson went to great lengths to maintain some level of authenticity I did not expect this attention to detail in an alternative piece but was pleasantly surprised to find it within these pagesThe Boleyn King is impressive but I can't say it is entirely without flaw For one thing there are few if any sensory details to describe the settings Perhaps Andersen felt her readers would already be familiar enough with these locals to picture them but I must admit my imaginings were often bare and nondescript I also felt particularly when our male leads interacted with the girls that the story read like a young adult piece than the adult historic fiction I tend to favor All and in a surprising piece that than exceeded my expectations Maybe not as hard hitting a story as I wanted but entertaining just the same

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The Boleyn King Download ✓ 106 ↠ ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☆ The Boleyn King Author Laura Andersen – Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir and Showtime’s The Tudors The Boleyn King is the first book in an enthralling trilogy that dares to imagine What if Anne Boleyn had actually give Perfect for fans Aints 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 Agains. I really wanted to love this book as I liked the idea of it so much What if Anne Boleyn HAD given Henry VIII a son and had not been beheaded That is something that as a Tudor fan I liked to speculate on It would have changed the whole course of historyThe book starts with 17 year old William on the throne His name bothered me because every Tudor non fiction book I've read indicates that Henry wished to name his first son either Henry or Edward Indeed his son to Jane Seymour was called Edward So where the heck did the decision that he should be known as William come from When is William EVER short for Henry And if you are going to call someone William why not just christen him William None of that makes any sense to me Our new King is a petulant little brat who is incapable of paying attention in meetings never mind running the country something I seriously doubt would happen with the son of Anne and Henry If you look at Tudor history young King Edward was capable of that and he was younger than William here William just sulks all the time and I don't find this character believable as KingWilliam's best friend is called Dominic which again is not really a recognised Tudor name as far as I know and is a copy of Charles Brandon Henry VIII's best friend Elizabeth is 20 and unmarried being pursued by suitors in France and Spain She is not the Elizabeth you expect and seems to take orders from Minuette rather than run things herself Lord Rochford is Lord Protector Then we have Minuette Could anyone be as darn perfect Daughter of Anne's French maid she is in Elizabeth's household but Minuette always gets her own way in everything She of course is the most beautiful most charming most loved by everyone and is able to get away with anything because she is so admired GAG She is so sickly sweet she makes you want to vomit and of course William and Dominic are fighting for her love Great The darn love triangleThen comes the mystery to be solved A pregnant woman at court is dead but did she fall or was she pushed Suddenly our four friends decide to investigate This is where the book became like a Famous Five adventure with spiffing fun and loads of ginger beer It was like a YA cozy mystery with the young 'uns sneaking around behind the backs of the adults to solve the crimes and I was not very impressed This is not really a proper Tudor novel We get very little in the way of current world events or the type of intrigue we expect or anything much outside of a plot about four YA friends wandering around Court and doing virtually nothing of interest Where are all the great characters Anne Boleyn one of the most interesting women in history is reduced to sitting sewing in the background in the scenes she features in This was for teens than adult Tudor fans Maybe it should have been called Five go to Hampton CourtI mean one of them was bound to have a dog