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Book Review: "The Boleyn Deceit" by Laura Andersen

"The Boleyn Deceit" by Laura Andersen

It didn't matter who was on the throne of England during the Tudor period, there was drama in the country and drama abroad. Even a fictional son of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn couldn't stop the drama, he added to it. In "The Boleyn Deceit" by Laura Andersen, the second novel in a trilogy about the fictional son of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, it is totally father like son.

"The Boleyn Deceit" continues to follow the stories and fates of William, the new King of England, his beloved sister Princess Elizabeth, his faithful friend Dominic, and his beloved and hopeful bride Minuette. William longs to marry Minuette, but those around him demand he marry a French princess to bring peace between Protestant England and Catholic France. Meanwhile, Minuette's desires lie with the faithful Dominic and discovering who unleashed a deadly plot against William's reign. During all this, Elizabeth deals with complicated feelings for Robert Dudley as he and his family plot and scheme. "The Boleyn Deceit" is a look at the state of England and its rival countries during the reign of William and how those closest to him were affected.

"The Boleyn Deceit" like "The Boleyn King" does present an interesting twist. It is fascinating to see how England and those from history were affected by the son of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn ruling. The fates of the real life Elizabeth I, Lord Rochford, and the ambitious Northumberland family are particularly interesting. This novel is creative and unique.

The novel's four central characters have varying levels of success. Elizabeth is written appropriately and strongly. You really understand her frustrations with her brother, her desire for Robert, and her longing to have more of a role in politics and ruling. The fictional Dominic is also a strong character. He is loyal, loving, steadfast, and a likable character. The problem is with King William and Minuette. King William is just as stubborn and whiny as his father, but without Henry VIII's charm. Minuette's is the worst part of the novel. She's a character that can do no wrong and everyone loves her and falls apart to protect her, but she is lacking personality and likability.

"The Boleyn Deceit" is a novel with tons of potential, but flat and tedious characters weigh down the novel. The final novel in the trilogy holds hopes though as it will be focused on Elizabeth and her role in England's future. Here's hoping for a more interesting and complex novel in the final chapter of the trilogy!

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