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The Boleyn King (Anne Boleyn Trilogy Book 1) by [Andersen, Laura]
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Book 1 of 3 in Anne Boleyn Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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"Imaginative . . . an exciting, action-driven plot containing strong doses of both intrigue and romance... an original and entertaining read that’s reminiscent of the best of Philippa Gregory" (Library Journal)

"Gripping . . . Andersen delves into an alternative Tudor England geared to rivet period fans and newcomers alike. . . . Perfect for Philippa Gregory fans" (Booklist)

"A surprising gem and a thoroughly enjoyable read" (Historical Novels Review)

"[The Boleyn King] 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)

"A wonderfully imaginative and well-written tale of intrigue, high court politics and desperate love" (Deseret News)

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The first book in an enthralling Tudor trilogy that dares to imagine: What if Anne Boleyn had actually given Henry VIII a son?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 831 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (26 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009195648X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091956486
  • ASIN: B00GUOKFFA
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, and Showtime's The Tudors..." Perhaps the latter, but certainly not the former.

The premise was intriguing -- what if Henry VIII's matrimonial career stopped at Anne Boleyn, what if their son survived to adulthood? It certainly promises an interesting alternate, fantastic history set in the Tudor period with a blend of familiar characters and new faces. Unfortunately for readers, the historic aspects of this novel are quickly discarded in favor of anachronistic dialogue and far-fetched actions by characters both real and imagined, with only the barest of nods given to the period's rich culture and society.

If every character Weir & Gregory wrote about had been hit on the head and suffered a complete personality transplant, then I could see this being a plausible plot. I realize that the writer was attempting to portray the historic characters as they might have been had their lives been kinder, perhaps, but she does so without regard to the very well-documented protocols and mannerisms of the period, which are at the heart of who these nobles really were. None of the characters, real or imagined, behaved in a believable fashion for nobles or courtiers of the period.

Andersen makes little attempt to bring the truly documented characters in as a structure for her creations, and in failing to do so, the premise collapses quickly. Touching a king, at a time when the royal person was regarded as sacrosanct? Elizabeth I permitting familiar address? The peers of the realm with their jealously amassed powers submitting to a boy King after a long regency? Any reader of history will quickly pick out the improbable, the unlikely, and the downright impossible in the jumble.

This turned out to be quite a disappointing read with a strong premise that I would love to see handled by a writer with a command of the history, mannerisms and culture of the period.
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I rather like the alternative history genre. It's something I have just started to dip into and this book is good. I'm not one to rehash the book in review but I enjoyed the development of the characters and the nice twist at the end. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Intreaging idea
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I love the story.for anyone who has thought ,what if anne had given henry a son? This take you on a journey to the writer's opinion on how things would have turned out.great read
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I bought this book because of its intriguing premise that Anne Boleyn gave birth to a live son, she was not beheaded, allowing for the history of the English monarchy to take a completely different direction. Unfortunately, in this novel, all the interesting possibilities and consequences were never really explored and we have something akin to a Mills and Boon romantic novel based on the three main fictional characters, ‘king’ William and his two companions. The book does attempt to develop some of the surviving historical characters such as Anne Boleyn, her brother George and Elizabeth, but this is a failed attempt as these vital characters have no depth and little interest. The plot, centred on William’s possible illegitimacy is promising but is treated in a very transitory way, in favour of the seemingly endless love intrigues of the fictional characters, all of whom are one dimensional. In the hands of a more skilled historical novelist such as Philippa Gregory, perhaps the book would have worked, but for me ...... a very boring read.
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A great read I read the trilogy one after another was sorry to finish them
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This book was not what I thought it would be. To be honest I was half dreading picking it up expecting a stuffy, slow, overly involved historical novel. I was so wrong! The only way I can best sum this up is -
Gossip Girl meets The Tudors and I loved it!

The tagline is compelling for a History graduate like myself - What if Anne Boleyn did not miscarry her son? What if she had never been beheaded and Henry VIII didn't succumb to the sweet charms of Jane Seymour? The world was rocked when King Henry cast aside his devoted wife Catherine and pursued his lust and love for the French-trained feminine wiles of Anne. The Catholic Church was torn apart and the Anglican Church came to power destroying families, allies and friends. It's a subject I've spent many hours musing over in particular the effect it had on my own country's future and fight for independence so the idea that Anne survives and we get a glimpse into an alternate future that still ends with one of Britain's greatest Queen's on the throne, Elizabeth I proved irresistible and after my initial hesitation I was eager to get stuck in.

Interestingly enough Anne does not feature in a central role in the book. Instead she is an ever-present shadow, her influence is always there but the story focuses on her children and their friends. There is a very heavy historical slant obviously and it was the most frustrating aspect at times. The Royal lineage, the courtiers and their subjects is complicated to keep track of even for someone with prior knowledge but I would implore you to stick it out because eventually they all come together and the focus stays on the vital few.

The story is told from four POV's William (the King), Elizabeth I, Dominic and Minuette their childhood friends.
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