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Reviewed by Meghan Hyden
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with stories of the Tudor Court. There is just something about Queen Elizabeth and King Henry VIII that I cannot get enough of. The way that they lived and the things that they did – including their quest to find true love and happiness – is something that I find very interesting.
A few months ago, I was lucky enough to read the first book in this series – My Lady Viper – and I instantly fell in love with the way Eliza Knight writes and with the characters in her stories. I couldn’t wait to get a copy of book two.
Prisoner of the Queen has everything you would expect from a book based on the Tudors and much more! Knight’s world building and the way she describes her characters is just amazing. You are instantly drawn into the story, riding the emotional roller coaster from start to finish.
One of the things that I like most about this book (and the first one in the series) is that it is not told from one of the main characters of the time, but from a side character. You see how this person’s life is touched – whether good or bad – by the throne.
In Prisoner of the Queen, Lady Katherine Grey (the granddaughter of King Henry’s sister) tells her story. It begins shortly before King Edward VI dies, hurrying through the events that happened between that and Elizabeth taking the throne (including Katherine’s own sister becoming Queen for nine days). The love between Kat and the man she fell in love with, the friendship she shared with both Jane and Mrs. Helen, the sadness at the loss of those dear to her heart, the fear she had that she would anger Mary and then Elizabeth and have the same fate as her sister, the suffering she felt at the hands of her parents … all quite powerful things.
Throughout the story you see how Queen Elizabeth treats those closest to her and how fear of losing her crown (and maybe some jealousy) gives her reasons to stand in the way of true love and happiness. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her–such an amazing person, but never able to be truly happy and have what she wanted.
Another thing I loved about this story is that we got to see Lady Anne Seymour (the one who tells the story in book one) through another person’s eyes.
A wonderful read and one I recommend highly!! And now I eagerly wait for book three…
You can find Meghan (that’s Meghan spelled the right way) over on her book-ish blog The Gal in the Blue Mask. She’s an avid reader, a book editor, a story teller, a purveyor of delectable fare and pulchritudinous confections, and the best aunt in the world. She loves gardening, hiking, cooking and spending time at the zoo, library and museums. She may not be able to find her wallet, car keys or sunglasses, but she always knows where her Kindle is.
Review and giveaway copies were provided by Knight Media, LLC. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.