Author: Laura Andersen
Provided Synopsis: The regency period is over and William Tudor, now King Henry IX, sits alone on the throne. But England must still contend with those who doubt his legitimacy, both in faraway lands and within his own family. To diffuse tensions and appease the Catholics, William is betrothed to a young princess from France, but still he has eyes for only his childhood friend Minuette, and court tongues are wagging.
Even more scandalous—and dangerous, if discovered—is that Minuette’s heart and soul belong to Dominic, William’s best friend and trusted advisor. Minuette must walk a delicate balance between her two suitors, unable to confide in anyone, not even her friend Elizabeth, William’s sister, who must contend with her own cleaved heart. In this irresistible tale, the secrets that everyone keeps are enough to change the course of an empire.
Review: As the sequel to The Boleyn King, this story is picked up right where the reader left off to dig deeper into the imagined consequences of a circumstance in which Anne Boleyn was able to provide Henry VIII with a son. The King of England, known by those close to him as William, has managed to create a tenuous peace treaty with the French that relies upon his marriage to a young French princess. In this novel, more than in the previous one, William is beginning to more and more embrace the blind and destructive passions that his father has become famous for. For the sake of love he is willing to put all on the line to have his way, and as he should have expected – there are plenty with qualms about his choice of future bride and his determination to call an end to his royal betrothal.
The three other main characters are back, too – known as Dominic, Minuette, and Princess Elizabeth. Being such close friends since childhood, all of them are entangled within the consequences that are born by the choices of William, and all of them must come to terms with the betrayals that run wild in this Tudor Court. There are betrayals amongst friends, councilors, family members, religious groups, and countries. The farther this story goes the deeper the well is revealed to be. Then, as the author has promised all along, there is the interest in the forthcoming rise of Elizabeth that has been promised since the beginning. Now paired with John Dee she is aware of a future in which she might sit on the throne. As things are now upon the end of The Boleyn Deceit, the conclusion of this trilogy stands to be explosive and I am very much looking forward to it.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is November 5, 2013.