Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Court of Traitors (Bridget Manning, #2) by V. E. Lynne


Read from October 01 to 06, 2014

(Borrowed from Amazon's Kindle lending library.)

I found this sequel to Ambition's Queen predictable, and if you're familiar with Henry VIII, there will be no surprises. That doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it, however.

Bridget, a fictional character, is very unambitious, and only wants a simple life.  A simple life is, unfortunately, hard to come by at the court of Henry VIII.  Everyone is always on the lookout for a chance to be escalated, and they don't care who has to die for that to happen.  One of the most ambitious men at court, Thomas Cromwell, has his sights set on Bridget, and hopes to use her to help further his cause.  He's not the only one with plans for Bridget, however.  Henry VIII has also singled her out, and wants to make her his mistress.  While Bridget initially keeps the king at bay, no one can refuse him for long. 

This novel clearly shows the futility of Bridget (or any woman at court) trying to remain faithful to her unloving husband and attempting to avoid intrigue at court, when that goes against the wishes of Henry VIII.  No matter what she says or does, she is inexorably pushed into the king's bed.  It also shows how fickle Henry VIII could be, and how fine a line his courtiers had to walk in order to keep their heads. 

While this wasn't my favorite Tudor novel, it was still entertaining enough to keep me interested in reading to the end, and I plan to read any subsequent books the author releases in this series.  I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys light Tudor fiction.  

Rating (out of five stars): 

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