The Boleyn King

The Boleyn King

A Novel

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Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory, 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 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.
Includes a preview of Laura Andersen's The Boleyn Deceit

Praise for The Boleyn King
"Imaginative . . . Andersen focuses on creating an exciting, action-driven plot containing strong doses of both intrigue and romance. Tudor-era historical fiction fans who are willing to accept the unusual premise will be rewarded with an original and entertaining read that's reminiscent of the best of Philippa Gregory." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"Gripping . . . Andersen delves into an alternative Tudor England geared to rivet period fans and newcomers alike. . . . Perfect for Philippa Gregory fans." -- Booklist (starred review)
"A surprising gem and a thoroughly enjoyable read." -- Historical Novels Review
"Andersen's novel, alive with historical flair and drama, satisfies both curious and imaginative Tudor aficionados. . . . Her multidimensional characters are so real that readers will wish it was history and eagerly await the next in the trilogy." -- RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
"A wonderfully imaginative and well-written tale of intrigue, high court politics and desperate love." -- Deseret News
" 'What if . . .' With these tantalizing words, Laura Andersen creates a fresh and vividly realized alternative world where Anne Boleyn not only lives, but also gives birth to a healthy son who will become King. With the introduction of Minuette, Princess Elizabeth's lady-in-waiting, we meet an extraordinary young woman who embodies love and loyalty, and who fights to find the humanity at the heart of the most glamorous--and dangerous--court in Europe." --Susan Elia MacNeal, author of Mr. Churchill's Secretary
"Full of intrigue, conspiracies, and the accurate details so essential to good historical fiction . . . Anyone who has even the slightest fascination with the Tudors will want to devour this delectable novel in a single sitting." --Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Death in the Floating City

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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2013
ISBN: 9780345534095
Branch Call Number: ANDER
Characteristics: 358 p


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PrimaGigi Jun 04, 2013

The world is filled with what ifs? In this tale of the Tudor dynasty; What if Anne Boleyn had delivered of a son and hadn't miscarried? Henry IX or William; William is the new king of England after the death of Henry VIII. Anne survives in this time-line to see her children grow-up and ascend to the throne. But there is a catch, that might up end the legitimacy of William's reign. We are given two best friends that act as conscious and love interest for William and Elizabeth. Minuette and Dominic: a lady and solider whom it seems are coming to terms with the love of the other, whilst their King tries to deal with his own growing infatuation with Minuette. Littered with intrigue, subterfuge, and war (of the heart and political). It's a quick read (it being only twenty chapters) there are times that Andersen's writing gets bogged down trying to describe every little detail of court life and the moments when the companions aren't trying to fight a war and a battle at home. The battles scences and the banter between them are what keep the book from sounding like history class. I'm not a big fan of love-triangles, but if you are this book is definable for you. It's a good beach, thunderstorm or lazy afternoon read.

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