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Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and 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.

Synopsis:

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

 

The Boleyn King deftly blends compelling characters, flawless social history, and courtly romance into an enthralling tale that’s impossible to put down.”—Stefanie Pintoff, Edgar Award–winning author of Secret of the White Rose

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.

About the Author

Laura Andersen is married with four children, and possesses a constant sense of having forgotten something important. She has a BA in English (with an emphasis in British history), which she puts to use by reading everything she can lay her hands on.

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Melinda Ott, July 17, 2013 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
This review is from my blog at westmetromommy.blogspot.com
3.75 stars

I wasn't even sure I wanted to read this book. As a history buff with a degree in Medieval History, I have a thing for historical accuracy. So, a book that is based on something that did not happen is treading on dangerous territory for me.

This book departs from reality on January 26, 1536. On that date, Anne Boleyn miscarried a son and her life went decidedly downhill from that point on. The basis of The Boleyn King is that Anne Boleyn did not miscarry and, instead, gave birth to a healthy baby boy in June of 1536--a boy who succeeds his father, Henry VIII, and becomes king.

I was intrigued by this book because the Tudor period has always interested me. I've always been sympathetic to Anne Boleyn--well, I've always been sympathetic to all the wives of Henry VIII. Let's face it--they all had the rotten end of the deal. Anne Boleyn, however, has always been the most interesting of the six wives for me. So, the idea of what if she had lived pulled me in.

I think the one thing that helped me deal with the fact that this is an Alternate History book is that this is a lighter read. I don't mean that it is badly written, but it is a different class than, say, a Hilary Mantel book. Andersen actually has a very readable and even style and the plot kept me intrigued. I will say that the most interesting characters for me were Elizabeth and Anne Boleyn--the two who actually existed. The 3 main fictional characters--William, Dominic, and Minuette--were fine, but all teetered too close to being cliche.

While the events of this book were not historical, the setting and details were. Andersen did her research and nothing jumped out to me as being just wrong. The plot kept me interested, although some of the finer details sometimes got lost. For example, the book starts with Alyce de Clare, a lady in waiting to Anne Boleyn, dying mysteriously. Somewhere in the middle of the book, Alyce falls out of the story. When she is mentioned again at the end of the book, it was rather jarring.

This book is the first in a trilogy and ends as such--in other words, don't expect a clean ending. While the book wasn't perfect, I found it entertaining to add the next book, The Boleyn Deceit (due to be published this fall), on my to-be-read list.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345534095
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Andersen, Laura
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130514
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.95 x 5.15 x 0.79 in 0.62 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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

 

The Boleyn King deftly blends compelling characters, flawless social history, and courtly romance into an enthralling tale that’s impossible to put down.”—Stefanie Pintoff, Edgar Award–winning author of Secret of the White Rose

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.

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