Friday, November 10, 2017

The Usurper's Throne

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His last best hope for England may destroy them all.

Henry VII faces traitors on all sides.

In a darkened abbey in Hampshire, a dozen monks conspire against him.

In a French garrison, a governor favors his enemies.

And one of them holds a secret to devastate England.

Katharine of Aragon arrives in the midst of a storm, bought in a traitor's blood. The death of Edward Plantagenet turned the queen's cousin, the Duke of Suffolk, against Henry. He has since fled to the Netherlands to recruit an invading army. Henry hopes to keep his new daughter-in-law close, but Suffolk's allies stir corruption in Wales, forcing him to send his son into the north.

There, a brutal feud threatens all Prince Arthur holds dear.

As his ruthless enforcer, Sir Thomas Lovell, closes in upon his enemies, Henry's last hope lies in his children, and in a dynastic marriage to unite two kingdoms...

My thoughts: I have read a couple of Charity's other books, which were quite different from this one. While I love her speculative fiction, I also enjoyed this rich historical tale. She does a fantastic job of breathing life into historical characters while staying true to the history aspect. I hadn't read a whole lot on the Tudors, outside of my history classes, so I felt a little overwhelmed at times by all the characters, but there is a list of characters in the beginning to help those like me to keep everyone straight (especially how they are related!). This is a wonderful, rich story. I look forward to reading more in the series!
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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