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The Boleyn King: A Novel (The Boleyn Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Andersen
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Book Description

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY RT BOOK REVIEWS

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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Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* High-court intrigue, romantic passions, and danger surround the four central characters of Andersen’s gripping first novel. Imagining that Anne Boleyn bears a live son to King Henry VIII in 1536, thereby saving her life, Andersen delves into an alternative Tudor England geared to rivet period fans and newcomers alike. Will’s story begins just before his eighteenth birthday and assumption of the crown. He manages to stay grounded because of his friendships with his close friend and advisor, Dominic; his intelligent and strong-willed sister, Elizabeth; and her sweet childhood friend and now servant, Minuette. Their support helps him manage to handle everything from watching over his mother’s well-being (of great importance to Will in a kingdom that still favors her predecessor as Henry’s queen, Catherine of Aragon) to deciding whom he should marry to impending war to ugly questions about the legitimacy of his birthright. Although the love triangle seems just a bit forced, the overall story plays out very well. Told mainly from Minuette’s viewpoint and her journal entries, this first entry in a planned trilogy highly entertains with its fine pacing, plot, and detail. Perfect for Philippa Gregory fans. --Julie Trevelyan

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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
 
“A sumptuous, vividly imagined novel of a Boleyn king’s fateful rise to power amid the treacherous glamour of the Tudor court. A fantastic debut!”—C. W. Gortner, author of The Queen’s Vow
 
“A fascinating journey into what might have been, this novel of alternate history will keep you turning the pages and leave you hoping for a sequel.”—Kate Emerson, author of A Royal Inheritance
 
“Fans of both Stephenie Meyer and Philippa Gregory will find much to love in this evocative and well-written debut.”—Francine Mathews, author of Jack 1939
 
“Immensely addictive and twisty—kudos to Laura Andersen for her crafty plotting and rich characterizations. Deliciously scandalous and seductive, The Boleyn King delivers history and romance with equal passion.”—Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush
 
“From the intrigue of the Tudor court to the battlefields of France, you will be entranced by the power, emotion, and sweeping romance of this spellbinding novel. I loved it and can’t wait for the next book in the series!”—Syrie James, bestselling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
 
The Boleyn King is a riveting page-turner of a tale. I could not put it down. Laura Andersen’s splendidly imagined novel provides a fresh take on an era in history that’s been done to death. For historical fiction fans and Tudor aficionados, The Boleyn King is a must-read.”—Sherry Jones, author of Four Sisters, All Queens

Product Details

  • File Size: 1834 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345534093
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALBR6F0
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun jump into complete historical fiction July 26, 2013
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First, I want to point out that this is not the same type of historical fiction that I usually read. I usually read historical fiction that has a good amount of historical fact mixed in with the fictional aspect of what the motivation and thoughts were that happened inside these real people's heads. This is nothing like that. While there are historical facts and historical people within this novel, it is WAY more fiction than anything else. I knew that going in because it is based on a "What if" scenario, but it seems that people were disappointed by how far away from history it went and how little some of the favorite Tudor characters are in it. If you go into this thinking it is a complete work of fiction with some fun history thrown in here or there, then you will enjoy the pleasant writing style, world building, and mystery that is throughout this story.

Summary (very short):
Anne Boleyn has not been executed. She has given birth to a son. The prologue is done in her voice as she explains the birth of her child, William. Then step through a time jump and we begin William's story. William is becoming king. He has been raised for this position and has his two best friends and Elizabeth to help guide in his rule. There is a fair amount of intrigue, a little bit of love, and a great amount of sex; however, the biggest aspect of the plot is a mystery which is surprising and not exactly what I anticipated when going into the book. It'll keep you guessing though!

My thoughts:
As I have already shared several of my thoughts, I won't bother repeating myself. Altogether, this is a fresh new author that has a series I am into. The writing style is not difficult and does not hop around like a lot of other romance novels do.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like Mary Sues.... November 12, 2013
Format:Paperback
** WARNING -SPOILERS AHEAD

The definition of a Mary Sue taken from urban dictionary: "A female fanfiction character who is so perfect as to be annoying. The male equivalent is the Marty-Stu. Often abbreviated to "Sue". A Mary Sue character is usually written by a beginning author. Often, the Mary Sue is a self-insert with a few "improvements" (ex. better body, more popular, etc). The Mary Sue character is almost always beautiful, smart, etc... In short, she is the "perfect" girl. The Mary Sue usually falls in love with the author's favorite character(s) and winds up upstaging all of the other characters in the book/series/universe."

I copied and pasted this passage as it is the perfect description of the novel's main character, Minuette. Although utterly lacking in so many areas, EVERYONE falls for this girl... from the King of England to the creepiest courtier. One of them is so infatuated by her (seemingly absent) charms that he nearly has sex with her TEN FEET FROM THE BODY OF HIS DEAD MOTHER. I mean.... really? I have to confess that I kept reading with the same shocked fascination that one encounters when viewing a car wreck, but afterwards I had the same exact queasy feeling.

I am so very disappointed, as one other reviewer noted the novel started with so much promise in the Prologue: the exhausted relief of Anne Boleyn in the aftermath of giving birth to a healthy baby boy and knowing that her position as queen was secure.

But rather than follow that interesting 'what if' historical thread we get 'Twilight: Tudor Edition'. And I hated Twilight. True Tudor fans, give this book a pass. Mary Sue fans, this one's for you!
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of an afternoon June 26, 2013
Format:Paperback
This book has a fascinating premise: what if Anne Boleyn didn't miscarry her last child? Ms. Andersen tries to depict the court of Henry IX - inexplicably known as "William" to his friends.

I only wish she'd succeeded. There are just too many problems in the book - Tudor youth with the worldview and attitude of 21st century suburban American teenagers, flat characterizations, stereotypes galore, and oceans of anachronisms (see "Calling Henry William" above - this isn't the Victorian Era). The plot makes no sense. The Duke of Rochford is nothing like his real-life counterpart, not even in hair colour or complexion, and he's not the only one. There's even a Mary Sue! And of course the story concerns only these dull, boring, cardboard kids, and the really interesting characters are all but ignored.

I can't recommend this book.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Well it is certainly historical fiction and the author has taken a stab at what most historical buffs have wondered at one time or another. What would British history look like if Anne Boleyn had given Henry VIII a male heir.
I think if given the chance I would travel back and give Henry a kick up his royal bottom for murdering the woman most likely to give him strong healthy children.
So the premise is not only did Anne give him a son, that son becomes king. Elizabeth plays merely a secondary role as princess.
By the way, as the son of ruthless Henry and conniving Anne, William needs to get a move on and find his inner monarch.
It was a fun read, although I do think a little less importance could have been given to the potential bed bunnies of Minuette. I would have liked to have seen more intrigue and political machinations instead of who will be the next mistress of whom.
Would his son have been just as cruel and self-centred? Would Elizabeth have remained childless? What of Mary Stuart, who remains with head in place in this scenario?
So many possibilities.
Overall the book swerves strongly towards romantic fiction with a strong swig of history.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good book! Nice balance of historical and political...
Surprisingly good book! Nice balance of historical and political intrigue, romance, friendship, war, family. Finished this book and went right into the second one. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a good story and well written
This was a good story and well written. I found it hard to accept the "what if" scenario. I would have enjoyed it even more if it was just fictional characters.
Published 16 days ago by Nina Bachman
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Kinda slow and uninteresting
Published 25 days ago by Kylee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed reading this book.
Published 1 month ago by Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Either some people really liked it or they didn't like it all
First of all I started this trilogy because I want to read a whole series and I have yet to read this trilogy and was curious about it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same brilliant and from a different angle and gives us a...
More of the same brilliant and from a different angle and gives us a side of Henry not seen on other books well done
Published 1 month ago by ronnies
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good fiction
Published 1 month ago by charlene
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the next two. I hope they are as good as this one.
Published 1 month ago by Gina Brewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue. BOLEYN
It was a fascinating reading full of intrigue and as one who likes historical reading a good what if read.
Published 2 months ago by holcomb
5.0 out of 5 stars you love them, you hate them but you want to ...
OK OK OK so I got hooked - when I finished reading this book and realized there was more... ordered the other two. Thank goodness for Kindle and instant upload. Read more
Published 2 months ago by linda howie
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Laura Andersen has one husband, four children, and a college degree in English that she puts to non-profitable use by reading everything she can lay her hands on. Books, shoes, and travel are her fiscal downfalls, which she justifies because all three 'take you places.' She loves the ocean (but not sand), forests (but not camping), good food (but not cooking), and shopping (there is no downside.) Historical fiction offers her all the pleasure of visiting the past without the inconvenience of no electricity or indoor plumbing. After more than thirty years spent west of the Rocky Mountains, she now lives in Massachusetts with her family.

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