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review The Boleyn King Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Ç [Reading] ➹ The Boleyn King ➯ Laura Andersen – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 St 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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Traints 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 Again. This novel is based on the what if Anne Boleyn's son had lived and became king after the death of his father Henry VIII I'm generally not too fond of these types of novels but I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised at this one I thought the author did an excellent job of imagining a new world and how everyone's lives are so changed just from one child reaching adulthood You'll find all the usual players and familiar names oooh that Robert Dudley There's a bit of a love triangle a mystery and dastardly plots to be solved by our foursome of teen sleuths Henry sister Elizabeth and their two childhood friends Sometimes the teens acted a bit too modern but otherwise is was a very enjoyable read and I plan on reading the next two in the series when they become availableMy copy obtained via library loan

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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 PDFEPUBas William is a king bound by the res. Fine as a Tudor romance but abysmal as speculative fictionalternate history Review to come Read This Review More Like It At Ageless Pages Reviews25 starsWasted potentialI’m sorry I know reviewers should focus only on what’s in front of them but I couldn’t read The Boleyn King without dwelling on the fact that it does not live up to its premise The selling point of the book the very title is the rewriting of history to suppose that Anne Boleyn didn’t lose her head but instead carried her son to term and changed the face of English history Yet here are some of my notes while reading So far it doesn't have teeth Everything's basically the same just with ‘William’ in place of EdwardReally we rewrote English history for a tepid murder mysteryWe're starting to experience some differences from real history but I just can't get over how odd it is to focus on two fictional characters' romance insteadTepid That’s a great word for what’s in store here The author either believes that little would change in history or she’s afraid to dig in resulting in world where England has a boy king and a powerful reagent Elizabeth loves Robert Dudley the Catholics rally around Mary Tudor Mary ueen of Scots is betrothed to the Dauphin of Franceexcept now love interests William and Dominic Courtenay I believe a completely fictional character because I can find no mention of him in other histories lead a skirmish in France How shockingI will say the most effective revision is Anne Boleyn herself though the dowager ueen is in very little of the story I did feel like she was the same woman from England’s actual history just older and wiser I didn’t feel the same about George who’s been reduced to ‘mysterious schemer” It makes his interaction with his sister late in the book seem awkward and out of character The rest of the “real” characters fall somewhere in the middleHowever if we take The Boleyn King not as an alternate history but a mysteryromance between a group of four teenagers in Tudor style England ish country it becomes a perfectly fine historical fiction though not without its own problemsI found the romance to be an extremely standard love triangle between Minuette the real main character despite what the blurb would have you think and William and Dominic The “winner” of which is blatantly obvious from page 11 when the boys whip out their metaphorical dicks to see who gave her the best birthday gift and it keeps right on being obvious for the next 300 pages More frustratingly the resolution wasn’t satisfying and felt deceptive and gross on Minuette's part The overarching plot is the search for a document The Penitent’s Confession that states that William isn’t Henry’s son but George’s thus making him an incest born bastard and Mary the rightful heir to the throne This does jibe with real history and is a perfectly legitimate mystery for the Scooby gang to embark on If only they hadn’t forgotten and ignored its existence for long periods Still the mystery does have an interesting wrinkle in the end but by that point I was so checked out I have no interest in continuing the series to find out if it’s resolved