Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Boleyn Deceit, Laura Andersen
Synopsis: Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Allison Weir! After presenting readers with an irresistible premise in The Boleyn King (what if Anne gave birth to a healthy royal boy who would grow up to rule England?) Laura Andersen returns in this deepening saga, into the dangerous world of the Tudor court, where secrets can bring down an empire, and even the strongest of monarchs may not be able to prevent history from repeating...
Henry IX, known as William, is the son of Anne Boleyn and now the leader of England, his regency period finally at an end. His newfound power, however, comes with the looming specter of war with the other major powers of Europe, with strategic alliances that must be forged on both the battlefield and in the bedroom, and with a court, severed by religion, rife with plots to take over the throne. Will 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 Anne Boleyn. But as the pressure rises alongside the threat to his life, even they William must begin to question-and to fear.
Thoughts: I have the same issue with this book as I did with the first book in the series...Minuette is STILL annoying me. I don't know what it is about her character, but I just can't seem to like her. Part of it is the way she plays both Dominic and William, whether intentionally or not. She says she loves Dominic, but yet she continues to let William believe she loves him and wants to marry him. Hopefully that will come to an end early in the next book, which I plan to start later today. I do love the way Elizabeth is written, as it seems very true to everything I've read in the past about her strong will and strong opinions.