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Owen - Book One of the Tudor Trilogy by [Riches, Tony]
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Book 1 of 3 in The Tudor Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 895 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Preseli Press (26 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B011YBZU8U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 271 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well what a book! I am absolutely fascinated by the Tudor era but have to admit to concentrating on Henry VIII, his wives and Elizabeth Ist. I stumbled across "Owen - Book One of the Tudor trilogy" whilst looking for more literature about Anne of Cleves and due to the excellent reviews and the fact that I had to admit I had no idea how the Tudor dynasty came about I decided to buy it. I am so glad I did. Written in the first person Tony actually made me feel like I knew Owen from the first moment - this made me care about everything that was happening to him and his family, friends and mistresses whilst learning more about a subject I love...... I couldn't put it down and read it in three days. The ending was a complete shock due to my ignorance of the subject but well written and leaving me hungry for more. I am just about to download Book two. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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This was a very interesting book about an important but little known character of the founder of the tudor dynasty. I must say I am somewhat puzzled though, at his support for an English monarch, after what previous English monarchs did to the Welsh people. But then people changed sides all the time, particularly the Yorkists, Warwick in particular!! Looking forward to reading the rest of the Tudor trilogy
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I first came across Edmund and Jasper Tudor in the series by Philippa Gregory but even then did not consider their parentage and was intrigued when this book was recommended. I deliberately did not research Owen Tudor before reading it, giving Tony a blank canvas. It is a thoroughly engaging tale about an incredibly important character in history, the founder of the Tudor Dynasty.
Written in the first person in present tense, it is really easy to journey through life with Owen, sharing his hopes and fears, his aspirations and concerns, his loves, particularly for Queen Catherine of Valois, and losses. Because surprisingly little is really known about him, Tony is able to tell a fictional but plausible tale of his life, set against the backdrop of known fact.
Early in the book we have a period of history where there is a lot of posturing, as the soon to be warring factions attempt to control Catherine and the young King Henry VI and Tony gives us a wonderful insight into this.
Following the death of Catherine, Owen is arrested and spends an horrific period of time in Newgate prison. He escapes but is recaptured and held under house arrest. Eventually, he is pardoned by the King but is forced abroad for a factually sketchy but incredibly interesting period in France, a country where the influence of England is increasingly waning.
Back at home in Wales, with his sons granted Earldoms by the King, the plot hots up with the cousins war now in full swing. Following the death of Edmund, Owen spends much of his time looking after his grandson, sadly never seen by his father, as Jasper works tirelessly for the Lancastrian cause. Again, the depiction of the action is exciting and compelling as the fates of Owen and Jasper spiral towards the sad and inevitable conclusions of the war, death an exile.
All in all, a very engrossing tale and a book I was very reluctant to put down. I look forward to 'Jasper' appearing at the top of my reading pile.
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I love a good, intelligent historical novel. There are so many out there, and I have to be honest and say that, on many occasions, I have bought a promising looking book, only to abandon it within the first few chapters. Very often, the detail won’t be right, or the characters will behave in a way that just isn’t realistic for the time. One of the main issues though is that the dialogue can be so hard to get right. I’ve read so many historical novels where the characters use words that just wouldn’t have been around in the period in which they are set, or, alternatively, where the writer is so keen to make the dialogue authentic that they overdo it and render the book unreadable.
I’m pleased to say that neither of those things were issues in this book. The historical detail was rich and informative. I felt as though I learned a great deal about this particular period of history while immersed completely in Owen’s story. And the language was spot on too. Nothing felt out of place.
The story is fascinating. Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, falls in love with Queen Catherine of Valois, the widow of King Henry V. I had never heard of Owen, and knew nothing of his remarkable story. Their romance, and the dangers it brings, is played out against the background of the conflicts, intrigues and betrayals of the time that led to the War of the Roses.
Riches certainly knows his subject. There was so much detail here. The reader is carried from Windsor, to Wales, to France, into battles and life at court, with rich detail at every turn.
I felt though, that there was so much detail here, so much going on, that Owen’s own story was a little lost at times - in terms of his emotions and feelings. I didn’t always feel connected to him, even though the novel is written in first person.
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First time I have read one of Tony Riches books. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Every bit as good as CJ Sansom or Conn Igulden in terms of historical context mixed with good writing to 'fill in the gaps' about an oft mentioned but relatively unknown character from this period of history. I'd definitely recommend. Looking forward to the second of the trilogy
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