[ [EBOOK] The Boleyn King ] by Laura Andersen – dedelicate.com
EBOOK The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen – dedelicate.com
Dear Anne BoleynI m so sorry for the way you died I hated the way you were branded witch whore traitor I shudder in horror at how you died beheaded eviled by a nation betrayed by your own husbandBut man the alternative if you had lived is so fucking dullAfter your death you ve been the subject and inspiration of many works of poetry literature films You are now a legend everything from the aforementioned witch to temptress to innocent woman caught in the middle of a vast web of manipulation I m sorry to say that your horrible untimely death granted you your current mystiueBut had you actually given birth to a son things would have sucked For eaders that is For you see your beloved Tudor Court is now usurped by a fucking Mary Sue Her name is Minuette And she s the most adorable thing in the entire worldMinuette is the daughter of your imaginary French maid now your ward Her eal name is Gwendolyn She is lovely beyond words Minuette is so fucking darlin that the 3 year old Princess Elizabeth gives her the nickname of Minuette when she can barely pronounce the actual word she intended to use which is mignonette Elizabeth thought me too little for the name my French mother had given me She attempted to call me Mignonette meaning dainty and darling but her three year old tongue did not pronounce it properly I have been Minuette to my friends ever since Never mind how a three year old can even SPEAK French D aww Isn t that just fucking cute and improbable Tas de merdeShe s so cute and charming and adorable and charming and beautiful and charming and lovely and charming that she charms eeeeeeeveryone in the whole fucking worldDid I forget to say say she s charming She is Minuette is adored by everyone she meets Minuette is not only beautiful but charming and so nice and naive and innocent that nobody can hate her EVER Minuette had always had charm not the studied showy type but natural as breath and as much a part of her as her honey coloured hairElizabeth might have hated her for that charm if Minuette weren t so utterly without guile JUST TRY TO HATE HER BITCHES Let s see who loves Minuette Dowager ueen Anne The orphaned of course Minuette is so beloved that after her mother s death ueen Anne takes her on as her ward to be Elizabeth s lady s maid and playmate The late King Henry So sweet so charming that even little itty bitty baby Minuette is adored by King Henry VIII over his own child Princess Elizabeth Though he d complimented Elizabeth s mind it was nine year old Minuette who had disarmed him When the formidable enormous King Henry had left it had been Minuette whom he d hugged goodbye Henry s just a big ole softy isn t he Princess Elizabeth Minuette is now Elizabeth s lady s maid and she has Elizabeth wrapped around her wee adorable charming fingers William has given you leave Elizabeth let her annoyance leak out You are a member of my household And you would never say no to me Minuette smiled triumphantly King William That s ight ueen Anne had given birth to a son after all His name is William and he is England s 17 year old king Who is head over heels in love with Minuette I can t see her yet Not yet Elizabeth I need time to To forget the smell of her hair and the taste of her skin and the feel of her body against mine To forget that I wanted her so desperately I d have overthrown all honour to have her at that moment with a dead body lying dead not ten feet away gag Dominic William s young mentor and best friend his most trusted advisor AND EMBROILED IN A LOVE TRIANGLE WITH MINUETTE Bros before hos Hardly When he at last entered the great hall his eyes went straight to Minuette with the unerring instinct of a man besotted EEEEEEEEVERYONE Courtiers noblemen ambassadors everyone adooooooores Minuette She can be anyone play anything act as a perfect fucking spy because nobody ever suspects the butterflyShe s got the whole world in her pretty pretty ever so charming hands One does not argue with His Majesty s wishes Really I argue with his wishes all the time Minuette positively dazzled as she added And I always win So yeah with all that beauty with all that intelligence Minuette doesn t need to do a single fucking thing when she has a big strong man to do it for her Her first thought was Dominicbecause he was the steadiest man she knew and she needed someone steady to tell her what to do So ueen Anne not only did you living curse us to suffer thiscreature of the light s existence but now your brilliant daughter Princess Elizabeth has been educed to a eally boring normal oyal princess a wasted pampered worry free life She no longer needs to fight for her life she no longer needs to worry about politics about eclaiming her throne about whether ueen Mary will kill her nextLiz is free to just chill be the Princess be spoiled by her brother be his personal secretary because the King has important things to do than to espond to letters from his subj. Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir and Showtime’s The Tudors The Boleyn King is the first book in an enthralling trilogy that dares to imagine What if Anne Boleyn had actually given Henry VIII a son who grew up to be king Just seventeen years old Henry IX known as William is a king bound by the estraints of th.
Ectsand instead spend time pining over that which she cannot have But for all that Elizabeth knew she might have been severely tempted to plead with her brother to consider such an uneven match if not for the simple fact that Robert Dudley was already married You gave birth to one of the most interesting illustrious intelligent manipulative ulers that England has ever known and Elizabeth is just completely wasted in this alternate historyYou know what they say Like father like son Well sorry to tell you but William ain t much better than his dad He would wed for practicality and take his pleasures where he could For all the unorthodoxy of his parents marriage that was the way of kings The only difference is that unlike Daddy Willie boy doesn t have a tendency to take people s heads offYetHe s still a philandering brat though I mean I can t blame him in some sense Imagine yourself as a darkly handsome young man with the Boleyn looks and the Kingdom of England at your feet I don t blame him for wanting to fuck everything with a hole And that he does Will eally doesn t give two craps about people s feelings To him and to this alternate eality women are there to be used bought and sold If they open their legs to him it s becaues they want something so he can fuck anyone he wants Even if said woman is married Even if he s the one who forces her into a marriage But it s ok because she would have wanted the marriage anyway Have you given any thought to the lady beyond what you desire William hovered on the point of eal anger before shrugging it off I assure you Eleanor is uite content with the arrangement No matter how long she however long we she will be the daughter in law of one of the premier dukes in England It s than her family ever dreamed And for some fucking eason he just falls in love with Minuette But it s ok because as I mentioned above eeeeeeeeeeeeeveryone falls in love with fucking MinuetteSo with all that said with all due espect I m glad you died when you didSincerelyKhanhPS I M SORRY I KNOW GETTING BEHEADED MUST HAVE SUCKED SO BADPPS I REALLY AM SORRY Fine as a Tudor omance but abysmal as speculative fictionalternate history Review to come Read This Review More Like It At Ageless Pages Reviews25 starsWasted potentialI m sorry I know eviewers should focus only on what s in front of them but I couldn t ead The Boleyn King without dwelling on the fact that it does not live up to its premise The selling point of the book the very title is the ewriting of history to suppose that Anne Boleyn didn t lose her head but instead carried her son to term and changed the face of English history Yet here are some of my notes while eading So far it doesn t have teeth Everything s basically the same just with William in place of EdwardReally we ewrote English history for a tepid murder mysteryWe e starting to experience some differences from eal history but I just can t get over how odd it is to focus on two fictional characters omance insteadTepid That s a great word for what s in store here The author either believes that little would change in history or she s afraid to dig in esulting in world where England has a boy king and a powerful eagent Elizabeth loves Robert Dudley the Catholics ally around Mary Tudor Mary ueen of Scots is betrothed to the Dauphin of Franceexcept now love interests William and Dominic Courtenay I believe a completely fictional character because I can find no mention of him in other histories lead a skirmish in France How shockingI will say the most effective evision is Anne Boleyn herself though the dowager ueen is in very little of the story I did feel like she was the same woman from England s actual history just older and wiser I didn t feel the same about George who s been educed to mysterious schemer It makes his interaction with his sister late in the book seem awkward and out of character The est of the eal characters fall somewhere in the middleHowever if we take The Boleyn King not as an alternate history but a mysteryromance between a group of four teenagers in Tudor style England ish country it becomes a perfectly fine historical fiction though not without its own problemsI found the omance to be an extremely standard love triangle between Minuette the eal main character despite what the blurb would have you think and William and Dominic The winner of which is blatantly obvious from page 11 when the boys whip out their metaphorical dicks to see who gave her the best birthday gift and it keeps ight on being obvious for the next 300 pages More frustratingly the esolution wasn t satisfying and felt deceptive and gross on Minuette s part The overarching plot is the search for a document The Penitent s Confession that states that William isn t Henry s son but George s thus making him an incest born bastard and Mary the ightful heir to the throne This does jibe with eal history and is a perfectly E egency yet anxious to prove himself With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of ebellion at home William trusts only three people his older sister Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor Dominic; and Minuette a young orphan aised as a oyal ward by William’s mother Anne Boleyn Against a
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Egitimate mystery for the Scooby gang to embark on If only they hadn t forgotten and ignored its existence for long periods Still the mystery does have an interesting wrinkle in the end but by that point I was so checked out I have no interest in continuing the series to find out if it s esolved This novel is based on the what if Anne Boleyn s son had lived and became king after the death of his father Henry VIII I m generally not too fond of these types of novels but I h I m going to have to agree with Khanh on this one The lure of what would have happened if Anne Boleyn had lived is a strong one for Tudorphiles It appeals to our sense of correcting injustice and makes a great hook The way the hypothetical is usually phrased is that Anne does not miscarry in January 1536 thus setting up the alternate timeline That s what the author does here The problem is with Anne getting her happy ending here the alternate timeline is utterly boring There s not nearly as much fascinating drama and excitement to hold my interest King Henry IX is almost as scummy as his father and Princess Elizabeth now lives a dull pampered lifeAnd yes the worst part is the invented fictional characters Something about them just felt constantly off Sometimes it s the choice of a name that was not common or unheard of during the 16th century Sometimes it s their use of 21st century slang Sometimes it s just the whole character as in the case of the protagonist Minuette Her surname is Wyatt but she doesn t seem to be elated to the Wyatts her mother is a fictional lady in waiting she was born on the same day as the fictional Henry IX she s Anne Boleyn s ward and Elizabeth s lady and the young king and his best friend are in love with her and she s a super good spy AND everyone simply adores her Isn t that cute No No it s not Minuette is a Mary Sue and I can t stand her Look if you e going to write an alternate history where Anne Boleyn emains ueen guess who I want to hear about Yes Anne Boleyn I want to know what happens in the immediate aftermath of the point of divergence to her I m not interested in eading about some fictional perfect little miss decades later whilst Anne just sits in the background and then dies That would be boringI should say it didn t help that the story was peppered with modern Americanisms and the author freuently misunderstood the historical era as if she d consumed too much of the sensationalist tripe that s been floating around in popular media the past few years note noble families did not pimp out their daughters to the king in exchange for flimsy transitory favoursI won t be continuing with this series3 out of 10 ARC obtained from Random House through NEtGalleyI am not British and am no expert in British history I do know however the basics about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn I do know the conseuences of their affair breaking with the Catholic Church and creation of the Anglican Church I also know that Anne Boleyn did not have a happy ending being beheaded after accusations of incest with her own brother And I do know that Henry VIII had no legitimate sons CORRECTION he did have a son who uled for a short time and that the throne passed to his daughter Elizabeth who did not marry and was the last of the Tudor dynasty to ule England Not bad I thinkHowever this books starts with an intriguing premise what if Anne Boleyn had given birth to a boy And what if that boy grew up to become king of England What would have happened then Alternating between the points of view of William the Boleyn King Elizabeth his older sister Dominic and Minuette close friends to the oyal siblings Laura Anderson spins a tale of a king on the edge of legal adulthood fighting to prove himself amidst whispers of treason and calls for war elying on his sister and his friends to guide him and support him while facing their own problems in the dealings of courtI was very intrigued by the book synopsis Having ead The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory and knowing that things did not end well for the Boleyn family I was compelled to ead an alternate version of history And I did not egret my choice I loved to see the intricacies of life in court and came to the conclusion that I would not last a day in there And I loved the characters Seeing their elationship develop and they all contributed to the esolution of the treason plot no book about the Tudors is complete without treason plots What I also liked is how while playing an important ole the treason plot did not take over the other aspects of the book Certainly a king would not have been able to simply stop everything to try and dig out traitors I mean what would become of a country if a king did thatFor the next book I expect omantic difficulties for all four of them they are teenagers in spite of their oles in court life after all as well as learning about George Boleyn he is truly a Boleyn there s no denying that. Ide of secrets betrayal and murder William finds himself fighting for the very soul of his kingdom Then when he and Dominic both fall in love with Minuette omantic obsession looms over a new generation of Tudors One among them will pay the price for a king’s desire as a shocking twist of fate changes England’s fortunes foreve.
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