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Book Review of The Boleyn Deceit (Boleyn, Bk 2)

The Boleyn Deceit (Boleyn, Bk 2)
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I was given a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.

"The Boleyn Deceit" is book 2 in The Boleyn Trilogy. It picks up right where book 1, "The Boleyn King" left off. There are many references to, but not details of, incidences that occurred in the first book so I would highly recommend reading it first. This is certainly not a stand alone book.

All that being said, I really enjoyed this story, though not as much as the first book. There was a lot more History and Politics in this book than there was in its predecessor. Two of my least favorite topics. But Ms Andersen did a nice job of blending historical facts with what might have happened had history actually been as she wrote it. It was interesting to see how so many characters had their lives changed by the events created in this book. Characters such as the Dudley family, Margaret Clifford, Northumberland and Norfolk to name a few. And I'm hoping that we'll see more of Jane Grey in the last book, not only because she is relevant to the time, but because she is one of my favorite historical people.

For this to be a middle book in a trilogy, I felt it had the right amount of progression. Normally I don't like books in a series, where each book seems to end mid-climax, and you then have to wait up to a year to find out what happens next. I find this off putting because often times I will forget what happened in the last book. However, when I picked up "The Boleyn Deceit" everything came right back to me, and I have the feeling that the same will happen in the finale. Though, I must admit, I did scream in frustration when I got to the last page. Yes, I hate cliff-hangers, but this was such a good one, I'll forgive Ms Andersen.

Overall, a very entertaining read. I can't wait for the final installment, and hopefully other books along the same lines from Ms Andersen.

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