The Queen’s Rivals by Brandy Purdy – Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway #QueensRivalsTour

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I received a free copy of The Queen’s Rivals from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest review.

About the Book:

Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Kensington Publishing
Paperback; 384p
ISBN-10: 0758265999

Their ambitions were ordinary, but they were born too close to the throne…
As cousins of history’s most tempestuous queens, Ladies Jane, Katherine, and Mary Grey were born in an age when all of London lived beneath the Tower’s menacing shadow. Tyrannized by Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen, the sisters feared love was unthinkable —and the scaffold all but unavoidable…

Raised to fear her royal blood and what it might lead men to do in her name, Mary Grey dreads what will become of herself and her elder sisters under the reigns of Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I. On their honor, they have no designs on the crown, yet are condemned to solitude, forbidden to wed. Though Mary, accustomed to dwelling in the shadows, the subject of whispers, may never catch the eye of a gentleman, her beautiful and brilliant sisters long for freedoms that would surely cost their lives. And so, wizened for her years, Mary can only hope for divine providence amid a bleak present and a future at the whim of the throne — unless destiny gains the upper hand.

A gripping and bittersweet tale of broken families and broken hearts, courage and conviction, The Queen’s Rivals recounts an astonishing chapter in the hard-won battle for the Tudor throne.

Please note this book will be published in the UK on September 12, 2013 as THE FALLEN QUEEN by Emily Purdy.

About the Author:

Brandy Purdy (Emily Purdy in the UK) is the author of the historical novels THE CONFESSION OF PIERS GAVESTON, THE BOLEYN WIFE (THE TUDOR WIFE), THE TUDOR THRONE (MARY & ELIZABETH), THE QUEEN’S PLEASURE (A COURT AFFAIR), and THE QUEEN’S RIVALS (THE FALLEN QUEEN). An ardent book lover since early childhood, she first became interested in history at the age of nine or ten years old when she read a book of ghost stories which contained a chapter about Anne Boleyn haunting the Tower of London. Visit her website at, you can also follow her, and her cat Tabby, via her blog at where she posts updates about her work and weekly book reviews.

My Opinion:

This novel tells the tale of the three Grey sisters; Jane, Mary and Kate. I was quite familiar with Jane’s story of course, but not so familiar with her sisters’. It starts from their girlhood and progresses through their tragic ends. It’s narrated by Mary – the last of the three to die.

The girls came to their adulthood in dangerous times carrying a dangerous heritage; they were next in line to the throne after Henry VIII’s offspring and were therefore used as rallying points for those opposed to the rules of Mary and Elizabeth.

I enjoyed learning more about the other two Grey sisters and Tudor intrigue is always fascinating but the characterizations were so one note for all of the major characters it was frustrating; Jane was always an uptight, religious fanatic. Mary was always a perfect, sweet girl. Their mother was a dominating, horse mad woman. Minimal nuance at all within a character. The plot was a foregone conclusion but I found plenty to keep me interested in the stories of the other two girls.


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Disclosure:  I received a free copy of The Queen’s Rivals from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.


  1. says

    Hmm…I’ve read a number of books that touch on Jane Grey’s life and what I think of her has fluctuated some. After the last couple of books I have read, I think she was controlled very harshly by her parents (having to marry and accept the crown whether she wanted to or not) but also had her own agenda with wanting to be queen. So somewhere in the middle :) (like so many things in life). Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  2. says

    I tend to think of Lady Jane Grey as basically innocent. I don’t doubt that she would have used her social position for some gain but I don’t think she aspired to the crown in those unsettled days. Thanks for the giveaway. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  3. says

    What a great question, just as fun to read all the answers. I think she was pretty duped and handled most of the time, although she was willing!

  4. says

    She was a definite innocent in my eyes. Used by Lord Dudley to interject that family and himself into positions of power. She was the means to the end. Otherwise, why would her own mother, Francis, abdicate her claim in favor of her daughter… I think Jane would have rather her mother deal with the situation so that she could be left to her books.

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