Yn King Seriously What Tudor nthusiast doesn t Cabaret envision what would have happened if Anne Boleyn had produced Henry VIII s son I thought the writing wasxcellent It wrote just like an pisode of The Tudors with about the same amount of historical accuracy These latest novels which follow the what ifs of Elizabeth just aren t doing it for me The characters of the next generation of Tudors and Courtenays just fall flat for me This novel specially felt rushed and disjointed GAH I love these books sooooo much The Virgin s Spy is book 2 of The Tudor Legacy series and if you know me you know that I love Laura Andersen s books I m not ashamed to admit that I did a bit of begging to get a copy of this book and immediately had to restrain myself from reading it too soon With that said as soon as I was able to dive into this book bas ME RNReview to come I am a huge fan of Laura Andersen s re imagined historical fantasy series They involve real people with both true and created Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism events The results are wonderfully compelling because you aren tver sure what mix the Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice end result will have The Virgin s Spy is noxception Brought back here are those in Book 1 The Virgin s Daughter and include the Courtenay clan Princess Anabel and a few new faces A lot of the focus is on Stephen Courtenay and his stay in Ireland The beginning of the book was a little slow for me but once it picked up I didn t want to put the book down Lots of twists and heart pounding moments I can t wait to see what is in store for our cast in the next book The
Virgin S War Coming Out Next Month s War coming out next month stars rounded upThis is the second book in Laura Andersen s Tudor Legacy series which returns to the alternate Tudor time line she created in her Boleyn Trilogy some twenty years or so after the En plein coeur events that took place in The Boleyn ReckoningWhile The Virgin s Spy CAN work as a standalone I wouldn t recommend picking it up if you don t have at least a bit of background information about both series The setting is Tudor England but one in which Anne Boleyn gave Henry VIII a son who lived to maturity and who succeeded his father to the throne While that trilogynded with history back on track and Elizabeth I becoming ueen of England Ms Andersen didn t stop there and went on to marry Elizabeth ueen of England Ms Andersen didn t stop there and went on to marry Elizabeth Philip of Spain off screen for the couple to have a daughter Anne Isabella Anabel and then get divorcedMy admiration for the way the author interweaves actual historical vents and personages with her alternative vents and fictional characters is undimmed anyone with some knowledge of the period will recognise familiar situations some of which play out as they actually did and some which take off in another ually plausible direction The political intrigues and machinations are superbly described these are the sorts of books you need to concentrate on although that s no hardship because they re so compelling and the characterisation of Elizabeth in particular is superb Ms Andersen gets to the heart of what it means to rule and how difficult it can sometimes be she shows how isolated Elizabeth really is by virtue of her position how difficult it is to strike a balance between doing something for the good of the realm and doing something she knows to be right The reader really gets a sense of how the difficult decisions affect Elizabeth and how torn she can be The other principal characters in this series are the four Courtenay siblings the two sons and two daughters of Dominic and Minuette Courtenay Duke and Duchess of Exeter Following the vents of the previous trilogy the Courtenays live uietly and mostly away from court The Art of Memoir even though their rank and friendship with the ueen places them among the highest in the land In the previous book in the series The Virgin s Daughter we followed Lucette theldest of the siblings as she travelled to France at Elizabeth s bidding and got caught up in a desperate feud between the two Le Clerc brother. Fect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison WeirThis captivating continuation of her award winning Boleyn King trilogy breathes immerses the reader in the dazzling Tudor court Realistic period details .
I suspect I will love anything Laura Anderson does This took me a bit to get into and I am not sure why But once I was in I was IN Love this twisted history she does I cannot wait for the next book The continuing alternative history story of the Tudor ueen Elizabeth and her friends Minuette and Dominic Courtenay In this one Stephen the lder Courtenay son is sent to Ireland as a soldier spy
the ueen Twins and Pippa play their part as well in regards to Anabel the Princess of Wales daughter of Elizabeth and Philip of Spain Per usual there are real people alongside fictional characters with all the court intrigues and machinations that was common during the Tudor reign A thoroughly njoyable novel of what if that is an interplay of fact and fiction but it is necessary to read them in order starting with The Boleyn King to understand the full them in order starting with The Boleyn King to understand the full I got a galley copy through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway This is the second in the Tudor Legacy trilogy which follows the Boleyn Trilogy an alternate history in which Anne Boleyn gave Henry VIII a legitimate sonThe Courtenay family are continuing to be their noble honorable selves This story follows oldest son Stephen s xploits and heartbreaks in Ireland and the romantic dance between Princess AnabelFor The Ueen Twins
And Younger Son Kityounger son Kit Younger daughter Pippa Courtenay gets some time but her full story is yet to come older daughter Lucie s story has been told in the previous book so she is merely a peripheral characterPlenty of action and plot movement carry the story forward I would like to see fewer references to how stoic and honorable people are I don t need to be reminded very few pages But this is an njoyable series into what could have been When I previewed The Virgin s Daughter by Laura Andersen arlier this year I mentioned that I had high hopes for the next book in this new spin off series The Virgin s Spy which will be available later this fall mostly lives up to those hopes Getting deeper into the what if s of her alternate history where Anne Boleyn produced a son for Henry VIII and Elizabeth I had a daughter with King Philip II of Spain the political tensions over Ireland take center stage in this installment of a series building gradually to a promising conclusionPicking up a little over a year following the PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition events of The Virgin s Daughter Lucette has married Julien and it is Dominic and Minuette s oldest son Stephen s turn to take the lead Tasked with reinforcing English troops in Ireland fighting Catholic rebels Stephen winds up making annemy of an English commander Oliver Dane before Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography escaping Ireland severely wounded Following a long and difficult recovery Stephen finds himself returning to Ireland this time alone Elsewhere the revelations of mutual affection between Princess Anabel and her best friend Pippa s twin brother Kit Dominic and Minuette s two younger children continue to complicate the process of finding Anabel a husband who will benefit all of EnglandFor the full review please visit my blog This was my first time reading a book by Laura Andersen in the 1500sra of British history and I truly The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, enjoyed this storybook so much It reminded me a lot of the stories my grandma my dad s mom has told me over the years that she heard from her moms side of the family My Grandma was born and raised in Liverpool England but moved over here to the US in 1951 after she met my Grandpa while he was serving in the Air Force in the 1950s during WW2 I will definitely read books by this author in the future I received an advanced copy of this novel from NetGalley inxchange for an honest review I wasn t that impressed with The Virgin s Daughter A Tudor Legacy Novel Why then did I pick up the next novel Curiosity is such a terrible trait I really just want to see if this trilogy will nd how I nvision it nded The previous trilogy did and I want to see if i can go two for twoI found so much potential in The Bole. For those who just can’t get nough of the scandalous Tudors the author of the popular Boleyn King series offers the second in an nthralling new saga of the royal family set in Elizabethan England Per.