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I am a former stay-at-home mom who has given up her hopes and dreams of becoming a professional reader. I now spend my days showing small children how to play games on computers. Right now I'm living vicariously through my 9 year-old who is reading everything she can get her hands on. 

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling, Olly Moss
Dragon's Lair
Sharon Kay Penman
In the Name of the Family
Sarah Dunant
SPOILER ALERT!

Well obviously.

The Boleyn Reckoning - Laura Andersen

I received this book from NetGalley as an advanced read.

This trilogy ended exactly like I thought it would. That's not a bad thing but based on the three stars I'm giving the book, it's not really a good thing either. Elizabeth ending up on the throne of England, even in an alternate history is not a disappointment. If anything, it is a testament to the impact Elizabeth had on history and the world. The author's decision to end the trilogy with Elizabeth as the Queen of England is a little disappointing. It just seems like an easy, obvious ending when one takes the trilogy into consideration.

The plot of the novel was well-written and I found it compelling but there was a lingering feeling of deja vu throughout the whole thing that picked away at my enjoyment. Despite being a novel set in an alternate history, a lot of the characters suffered the same fate as they did in actual history.  A few of the examples 1.) Lady Jane Rochford- goes mad, executed 2.) Duke of Northumberland, John Dudley- executed for treason 3.) The obvious end for Elizabeth as Queen
There were several other characters and incidents that existed in the alternate history in a manner nearly identical to the actual history. The above is just a short list. I don't really have any issues with any of the above plots but it seems a little lazy. If you want to write a alternate history, write an alternate history.


If you are a person interested in alternate histories, I would recommend giving this trilogy a go but I caution against getting your hopes up too high. At the end of the day, these Tudors didn't really fair any differently than the real Tudors.