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A good story but lacks lustre!
on 17 February 2011
The Tudor Secret is set towards the end of the Tudor dynasty. Henry VIII's son Edward is King, Mary is consumed with her catholicism and there is the young Princess Elizabeth being courted by Robert Dudley in order to secure his own family and then there is Guildford Dudley his father who is hatching a plot to bring Lady Jane Grey (the nine days queen) to the throne.
The central character is Brendon Prescott, a foundling who is offered a post as Squire to the Dudley family but is then intercepted by Cecil who wishes him to work as his Spymaster. It is essentially a good plot but has been told in many forms and although this was a paced novel, it is at times was rather slow.
Christopher Gortner lives in California and has a degree in Fine Arts Writing and has obviously researched for this book well, bearing in mind that it is a novel. However, despite it being a good sound story I am afraid for me it lacked the 'lustre' and 'atmosphere' of other books in this genre such as CJ Sansom and Rory Clements.
If you wish to 'dip your toe' into a historical novel to see if you would enjoy such a book, then this book is for you.