Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review - The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen

The Boleyn Reckoning
by Laura Anderson
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pub. Date: July 15, 2014
ISBN: 978-0345534132
Pages: 416
Buy Link: Amazon


Now available in bookstores is the final chapter in the Boleyn Trilogy that started with The Boleyn King and The Boleyn Deceit from author Laura Andersen.

I've never read the first two books in the series before I reviewed The Boleyn Reckoning last week. Actually, I didn't even know about the previous books when I agreed to review this one from the publisher. Though the third installment does continue (I'm guessing here) the storylines from first two books, it didn't bother me a bit, as I jumped right into reading this and easily figured out who was who and what was going on. I don't really read very many books set in the regency era, but as I have worked on my family's genealogy over the years, I have a newfound interest and respect for the era and genre.

I wouldn't call this a "historical fiction" novel, as there are plenty of fictional character throughout the novel, so it is more like an alternative timeline featuring the Tudor family. There is a lot of drama gong on with love triangles, backstabbing and several twists & turns behind every curtain; so basically it is a soap opera set in the 1500s.

The author does a decent job crafting intelligent characters (some are real and a few are made up) and creating an intriguing plot, though I thought there was too much going on around the "court." Yes, I'm aware there are many novels and movies about Anne Boleyn, Henry IX and Princess Elizabeth, but to me, The Boleyn Reckoning puts a fresh spin on the subject. Overall, The Boleyn Reckoning is an entertaining read and I'm sure fans of the author will enjoy reading the final installment.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Laura Andersen has one husband, four children, and a college degree in English that she puts to non-profitable use by reading everything she can lay her hands on. Books, shoes, and travel are her fiscal downfalls, which she justifies because all three 'take you places.' She loves the ocean (but not sand), forests (but not camping), good food (but not cooking), and shopping (there is no downside.) Historical fiction offers her all the pleasure of visiting the past without the inconvenience of no electricity or indoor plumbing. After more than thirty years spent west of the Rocky Mountains, she now lives in Massachusetts with her family.

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