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The Boleyn King (Boleyn, Bk 1)
The Boleyn King - Boleyn, Bk 1
Author: Laura Andersen
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, ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345534095
ISBN-10: 0345534093
Publication Date: 6/4/2013
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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crytal avatar reviewed The Boleyn King (Boleyn, Bk 1) on + 155 more book reviews
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This was a very good book. I was intrigued by the premise, and felt that I was not let down by the author. It was very easy to read, even the parts about history and politics, subjects that I usually tune out while reading. Sometimes it was hard to forget the parts of history that really happened, for instance, the remaining 4 wives of Henry, but most of the time, I was just lost in the story, taking it for what it was, an alternate history novel.

The story is told from alternating view points, but is easy to follow. Some are regular narrative, other parts are told through the diary entries of one of the characters.

Based on the ending, I'm assuming that this was the first in a series. I have recently been tired of all the books coming out that are part of a series. Can't an author just write a story and be done? Part of the beauty of reading is being able to imagine how everything turns out. I must say however, that this for this book, I'm glad it will be continued. For some reason (and not just because of how the ending was written) I wasn't ready for this story to be done. I need to know how it all turns out! Will Elizabeth eventually be queen, or Mary? Who will William marry, if anyone? Will the story segue back into reality at some point? These are things I have to know, and I can't wait to finish the series and find out. Beautiful debut, Ms. Anderson!
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reviewed The Boleyn King (Boleyn, Bk 1) on + 73 more book reviews
I have really fallen in love with historical fiction in the last few years so I was excited to discover a new author. The Boleyn King is the first in what I believe is a trilogy. The author takes a unique angle at telling the Boleyn story - she writes it as a "What if" scenario as in, what if Anne Boleyn's final pregnancy had not ended in a miscarriage ?
This book tells the story of William Tudor, Son of Anne and Henry, as he turns 18 and becomes the next king of England. It is told mostly from the perspective of Genevieve "Minuette" Wyatt who was born on the same day as William to Anne's best friend Marie. Marie died when Minuette was very young so she has spent the majority of her life being raised alongside Elizabeth and William. Together with their good friend Dominic, the foursome have been a tight knit group for most of their young lives.
I really enjoyed this book. I am not a huge history buff so I wasn't bothered by the way events changed to fit the alternate storyline. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series to see what's in store for all these characters. No matter which HF author I read, they all seem to depict this era as a time filled with selfish, double crossers !
reviewed The Boleyn King (Boleyn, Bk 1) on + 16 more book reviews
Oh how I wanted to love this twist on historical fiction. At first I wondered if I'd even finish it, dissapointing because I already had the second of this trilogy on my shelf. I felt at the start that it was a little too "YA" for my taste. The story could have taken place in any time as well. The writting got better, the story moved along there was some bit of intrigue that was not overly layed out. I could have done with out the who will she chose story line- the least complex or interesting part of the story. I will read the second-following this one, and I'm sure will need to read the last but, It could have been better.


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