- File Size: 2255 KB
- Print Length: 428 pages
- Publication Date: April 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JX5ZU30
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Kings And Queens Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The author has chosen a very clever way of exposing her main character, who is denied a point of view in the novel. Various first person narrators, his wives and his best friend, Will Brandon, each with their unique voice, tell us all about Henry Lanchester, so that we get to know Him through the eyes of those closest to him.
Another noteworthy aspect is that it brings the reader face to face with the cyclical nature of life, love, and history. People with power, their behaviour, as well as the way those around them regard them, has not changed for centuries.
There are also many humorous moments, and twists and turns, making it an entertaining and enjoyable read. A must for lovers of Tudor England and contemporary family sagas.
I am looking forward to reading The Last Child, a sequel to Kings and Queens.
I discovered this when I, historical fiction fan that I am, offered to read Kings and Queens, a contemporary retelling of the saga that was Henry VIII, aloud to him on our last road trip.
We spent hours reading and talking. John shouting “THIS IS SUCH A TRAIN-WRECK!” and me giggling at “aggressive” business tactics while reminding him that all those employees that were “fired” in this book had their heads removed in real life. I often interrupted the story to tell him how impressed I was to see how different events had been changed to work in the modern setting, while he impatiently banged on the steering wheel because he wanted to know what happened next. We took breaks from the book after each wife to head to the internet and brush up on our history and had hours of fun!
Would I recommend it? Henry VIII’s life was nothing if not a compelling train-wreck of a story, and Terry Tyler’s re-telling of it is no different whether you are a Tudor history buff… or not!
Well, what a surprise!
An avid reader of historical fiction in me was purring with delight, while the regular consumer of good fiction just enjoyed herself enormously. It WAS an account on Henry VIII coming to the power. If not for the modern-day setting I would say this book could be classified as a perfect historical fiction. But the modern-day parallel made it into something incredibly special. A new genre? Maybe. Why not? We do have alternative history and historical fantasy these days. Why not a parallel history?
Because having checked with Wikipedia and read the author's delightfully readable article following the well recorded events, I found that I learned much history and plenty of interesting detail reading this book. And in the most pleasant of ways, too! From Harry, the head of the huge real estate company, the "king"; through Cathy, the head of HR (Catherine of Aragon), the alluring electric Annette responsible for the company's PR (Anne Boleyn), and the rest of them, the six wives, all different, everyone a character in itself, perfectly modern, perfectly real, but reflecting on their historical prototype in the most detailed of ways, including their adventures, their affairs, their deaths even. This was the sort of the story I never ran along into, the history buff in me satisfied as much the regular reader!
Highly HIGHLY recommended :-)
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