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*Starred Review* The powerful, slightly rushed conclusion to Andersen’s gripping, revisionist Boleyn saga doesn’t disappoint in action, intrigue, star-crossed lovers, and all the drama period fans have come to expect. William Tudor is still king of England, but his battle with smallpox has left him with scars both physical and psychic. With his emotions ruling his actions, he has become a monarch who has, not his country’s, but his personal best interests at heart. Elizabeth keeps a wary eye on her brother, subtly guided by her own “shadow court” in the form of ruthless intelligencer Walsingham and starry-eyed advisor Dr. John Dee. Dominic and Minuette, the closest friends of the Tudors, now keeping their own precarious counsel based on their secret, even treasonous marriage, also watch Will with conflicting hidden agendas. Each is driven by love for their friend and king but even more by their love for one another. But all secrets must come out eventually, and an eruption that will affect the entire kingdom is unavoidable. The only question is whether the populace and the individual players will survive it. The ending feels both destined and surprising while also leaving open a glimmer of hope for more possible stories in the ill-fated Tudor universe. Andersen could have fleshed out the culminating events in more detail, yet fans should remain satisfied with the thrilling finale-for-now. --Julie Trevelyan

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“Powerful . . . action, intrigue, star-crossed lovers, and all the drama period fans have come to expect . . . Fans should remain satisfied with the thrilling finale-for-now.”Booklist

LAURA ANDERSEN’S NOVELS ABOUT THE IMAGINED SON OF HENRY VIII and ANNE BOLEYN ARE: “excellent . . . quick-paced” —Booklist (starred review) • “delectable and full of intrigue” —New York Times bestselling author Tasha Alexander • “impossible to put down” —award-winning author Stefanie Pintoff
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Product Details

  • Series: The Boleyn Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345534131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345534132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I am now reading the second book of this Trilogy.
Donna Valentine-Jones
The Boleyn Reckoning is well paced, all of the characters are interesting and well developed.
Sue @ Young Adult Hollywood
A masterpiece I would recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or court intrigue.
James

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By WestMetroMommy on July 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been waiting for this book since I read the last word of The Boleyn Deceit. I'm always wary of alternative fiction, but this series completely sucked me in to the very last page of this, the last book.

I read each of the books in this trilogy as they came out, which meant that there was a substantial period of time between my readings of each book. If I had it to do over again, and I would recommend to anyone who is interested in these books, to just binge read the three, one right after the other. None of these, at least of all The Boleyn Reckoning, is a standalone book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I never knew where the plot was going, and that rarely happens to me anymore. Three of the four main characters--the three fictional ones--were all dynamically written. And the fourth, Elizabeth, was--to me--the most interesting of all. Of course, I don't know if I can give all the credit to Andersen for that. Let's face it, Elizabeth I is one of the most captivating women in history.

I had only a few minor complaints, and that really reflect on the series as a whole and not specifically this book. I felt some of the secondary "real" characters, such as Jane Grey and Mary Tudor, sort of appeared and disappeared throughout the book and I wish they would have been more present throughout instead of just appearing here and there.

This is not meant as a criticism--if anything, it is a compliment--but I felt a little off my bearing by this whole series. I am quite familiar with this period in history (it was my major!), but I kept forgetting that these books were fiction and the at William, Dominic, and Minuette never existed and that none of this ever happened!

Unless you are a hard-core purist and accuracy-fanatic when it comes to historical fiction, I would recommend this series to anyone. However, as I said, you need to start at the beginning and read straight through to the conclusion.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The final installment in an ‘alternate reality’ historical fiction brings the story to a close and does so with flair and a satisfying ending to this unique series. I’m still not a fan of the comparisons that mention “if you like ___ you will like this” marketing approach, for this book stands solidly on its own as a clever, well-written series with characters that are well developed and clever, be they real or imagined for the story.
We still have the love triangle that has been a continuous theme throughout the books: poor William never seems to be able to get the girl to commit, or out of his mind. And yet the court intrigue never ends (it never really seemed to in the actual Tudor era either) and Andersen manages to make even the imagined dramas and intrigues feel real, relevant and appropriate.
I did find that I was tiring of William’s love issues and the choices he makes. His use or abuse of the friendship with Dom spectacularly backfired, and as Minuette openly defied him and their purported ‘love’ to act on her true feelings. Sadly, with William still dealing with the Catholic threat from his sister Mary, his desire for what will be best for the country, his plan to bide his time and decide has led to further unrest. Elizabeth is frustrated by her brother’s inaction, and when she actively defies him, and makes choices that erode their trust, the story takes some very dark turns.
With the darker turns, Will shows the true “Tudor King” flair for being completely spoiled, shallow, impulsive and even unfeeling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lauryn on July 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
In a reading world that has become saturated with novels about Tudor England and the tantalizing life at court, how does a writer make sure their book or series stands apart from the rest? Many tactics have been tried: accounts of Henry VIII’s reign told from the perspectives of those closest to king and his wives and told from the point of view of the largely overlooked serving staff; novelizations sticking so close to the historical facts that they border on non-fiction; some novels that indulge in the supernatural or provocative speculation surrounding Anne Boleyn and her successors as Henry’s queen while others go out of their way to explain it all away. Inevitably, some facets of history are changed for the sake of the story. For Laura Andersen and her Boleyn Trilogy, the answer was to take that inevitability and run with it. The premise of her Boleyn Trilogy lies with the question, what would have happened if Anne Boleyn’s third and final pregnancy had resulted in the healthy son so much depended upon?

Beginning with The Boleyn King, Andersen’s trilogy focuses on the lives of William a.k.a. King Henry IX and his closes family and friends. Rather than spending much of her early life as a threat to her siblings, Elizabeth has grown up under the care of her mother, Anne Boleyn who remained queen and outlived her husband (eliminating wives three through six from the legend of Henry VIII). A close advisor to her younger brother, there are two others who round out the royals’ inner circle. Genevieve “Minuette” Wyatt, the orphaned daughter of one of Anne Boleyn’s favorite ladies was born the same day as the young king and grew up as a royal ward, a playmate and companion to both royals.
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