Author: Katherine Longshore
Release Date/Publisher: June 12th 2014 by Viking Juvenile
Finished: August 16th 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?
What I Thought:
This is another awesome book by the author that I had trouble putting down. Even the slowest moments captured me because you never know what’s going to happen next, especially at court and around the King.
I really liked Mary even though she seemed like more of a background character compared to some other historical figures back then. She tried to make the best out of what she had, and even though she seemed so shy and listened to others she had that strength that you can appreciate. At the end of the book you can really see it. Even her love to Fitz developed over time and as she got to know more about him. I really liked him and I felt sorry for what he had to deal with, not really being a legitimate heir in his father’s eyes. Her two friends really made the book fun to read, even when sometimes Madge deserved a kick in the ass.
It really made me want to read Gilt and Tarnish again since it features Anne Boleyn as the Queen in this one. The three books aren’t technically a series but they center around the same king and different characters/queens in court. If you’ve looked at this, you’ve probably realized that it’s a big book. Honestly though I felt like it went pretty fast and I kind of loved holding it when reading, made me feel like it wouldn’t end and it could just continue forever, in a good way of course. Also make sure to read the added part at the end, the author talks about more factual history based on this book. I really like how you can tell she’s done research to make many things accurate and then she adds her own spin to things. The characters always feel so alive and I never want to leave this world I’m reading.
I really suggest that you go read this as well as Gilt and Tarnish, they’re such great books!