The second book in the historical mystery series by one of my favorite authors, C.W. Gortner was sent to me at no charge for my honest review. Read on to learn my thoughts on The Tudor Conspiracy.
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This is the second of three books in the Spymaster series featuring Brendan Prescott. I enjoyed the first and I must write that The Tudor Conspiracy is even better. Brendan is coming into his own as a character and he learns the truth of his parentage so by the end of the story he at least has a better sense of his place in the world – although he is still and will always be Elizabeth’s fervent follower. It is, I suppose, difficult for a writer to take well trodden material and write what many will see as just “another Tudor book.” But I have to note that Mr. Gortner has made the oft told tale of the Wyatt Rebellion seem fresh by telling the story from his fictional character’s point of view and making the Rebellion a minor part of the book.
Brendan is fictional but he mixes easily with many well documented historical figures from Queen Mary to Elizabeth to Cecil. It all rings true due to the seamless way that Mr. Gortner brings together that which is known with that which he draws from his imagination. He creates a well drawn world where his characters are comfortable and his readers can enjoy their adventures.
In this book Brendan walks a fine line as he ostensibly works for Mary while spying for Elizabeth while trying to stay alive with various factions trying to kill him. He does have an astounding capability for staying alive in the most dangerous of situations – but he is a HERO. If you are looking for a page turning foray into a Tudor spy novel The Tudor Conspiracy will satisfy with beach read sensibility and a leading man that you can’t help but love.
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