Author: Katherine Longshore
Release Date/Publisher: May 15th 2012 by Viking Juvenile
Finished: July 3rd 2013
In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free–
and love comes at the highest price of all.
When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII’s heart and brings Kitty to court, she’s thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat’s shadow, Kitty’s now caught between two men–the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat’s meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.
What I thought:
I’m not usually one for historical fiction, but this one really drew me in!
I was interested in the fact that this was about one of Henry VIII’s wives, which I really want to know more about now that I’ve read this. I also liked that it was seen through the eyes of one of her friends, Kat (Kitty) Tylney. She was an interesting character too, and I really felt for her when she got absorbed into the court life and all of Cat’s lies and eventual fall. You could really get a sense of what life must have been like then, especially for a woman, which pretty much meant you lived to marry the men and have children. They had no freedom and had to do as they were told.
Now this book isn’t all about pretty gowns and parties in the life at court, although there is a bit of that. There are a lot of secrets, gossip and rumours and of course treason. This highlights what goes on behind the curtains, away from all the public and what the Queen goes through with her personal entourage.
Cat was indeed a good character, although very demanding and making everything about herself. I definitely liked Kitty more but both characters really brought this book up a peg for me.
I hope to read more from this author in the future, as well as delve into more historical fiction thanks to this book!