Friday, August 8, 2014

The Tudor Conspiracy by C.W. Gortner

Winter 1554. Brendan Prescott, spymaster to the Princess Elizabeth, has discovered that he is connected to the Tudors by blood as well as allegiance. Though his secret is known only by a few, it could be his downfall as he is called to London to protect the princess. 

Accompanied by his young squire Peregrine, he reluctantly leaves his sweetheart Kate behind - but in the city he discovers that no one is quite what they seem. What fate does Queen Mary intend for her sister? Is Robert Dudley somehow manipulating the princess, even though he is locked in the Tower? And should Brendan trust the alluring Sybilla, Mary's lady-in-waiting, who professes to be on his side?

As he tries to unravel the mysteries of the Tudor court Brendan's life will be put in danger many times, and along the way he learns more about his own past.

Paperback, 352 pages

Published July 16th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
copy provided by netgalley for honest review
audio version from personal library via audible
10 hours 21 minutes

I was so excited when I heard that book 3 in this series was coming out (The Tudor Vendetta)  But then I discovered (and here I am holding my head in shame) that I hadn't read book 2 yet.  Netgalley very graciously provided me with a copy and everything.  That was quickly rectified and I actually ended up downloading the audio version from audible.  Steve West was the reader and he did a stellar job.

Though this is book 2 in the series, it can very easily work as a stand alone. But really why would you want to do that? This is turning into a great series with book 3 being released in October.

C. W. Gortner is one of my favorite authors. He has a way of writing that brings the characters to life and they feel very real. Taking place in 1544 prior to the Wyatt Rebellion it was nice to have a male point of view.  Though Brendan Prescott is a fictional character the author stayed true to the facts and delivered a fascinating account of this time period.

Fast paced, it was hard to stop listening to and I eagerly await the third installment.

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