This is the second book in a trilogy that follows an alternate reality in which Anne Boleyn gave Henry VIII the son he so desperately needed. I loved the first volume, and wondered if this one would hold up.
THE PLOT: Intrigue abounds in this volume. It appears to be Catholics versus everyone else…but who is the real enemy? Minuette and Dominick continue to hide their love from William (aka Henry IX), who firmly believes he will be able to abandon his betrothal to the French princess to marry childhood friend-turned-true-love Minuette, no matter what it costs the kingdom. Meanwhile, Elizabeth uses her renowned intellect to figure out what’s going on, and keep her brother and friends safe.
MY TWO CENTS: I love how the skewed reality marries with true history in this world of Andersen’s. I hate to say it, but I get the most enjoyment from watching Elizabeth’s activities and personality develop in a world where she’s always been a beloved royal princess, never lost her status, and appears to be merely a royal sister to be married off in the best diplomatic bargain rather than a future queen (even though at this point she’s still heir presumptive to the throne).
BOTTOM LINE: I was delighted to read on Andersen’s website that there will be a second trilogy that takes place in this reality. I won’t give spoilers; you can check her page yourself if you want to read the plot of it. It looks like something I feared would happen will, indeed, happen, but that it will be the catapult to the second trilogy, so maybe it’s okay. Or maybe we’ll learn a long-hidden secret that brings about the second trilogy. Either way, I’m looking forward to it!
TEACUP RATING: I love these books and easily give this entry four and a half teacups.
ON SALE DATE: The Boleyn Deceit will be on sale November 5th.
Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.