Sunday, April 14, 2013

REVIEW: The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

Title: The Boleyn King
Series: Anne Boleyn Trilogy
Author: Laura Andersen
Published Date: expected May 14th, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 386
Copy provided by: NetGalley
Genre: historical fiction
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Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Synopsis: 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.
My Review: I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 
I love Phillippa Gregory's novels. I loved watching the Tudors, and yes, I'm slightly obsessed with Anne Boleyn. So when I saw this, I just had to read it. I don't regret a single page. This book was so well-written, I can't wait to read the next! 
The book itself read almost like one of Phillippa Gregory's, but on the premise of what if? What if the stillborn baby had been bought to term and lived? I've always seen Anne Boleyn as one of the great tragedies and mysteries of the English history. And her greatest accomplishment is not the Anglican church, although that is pretty impressive, but the girl child that Henry dismissed out of hand, the great Elizabeth. 
The romance threads in it was just enough to keep me hooked and left me waiting for more. I need to know how this plays out!


  1. I have never heard of this book before but I will have to check it out! I too have a fascination with Anne Boleyn. I love the Phillippa Gregory novels.

  2. I have not hear of this series till now- thank you for posting on it. I can understanding having a fascination with Anne- she'd captured a king with her charm so why not the future?

  3. Oooh! Historical fiction, is a must! I especially love reading about the kings and queens back then, and all the responsibilities they had. Tell me there's a ballroom scene and I'm sold. I totally feel an intense love triangle vibe coming from the summary. I'm going to have to check this out. Thanks! (:

    ~Ana @ Characterized Book Reviews