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Monday, July 22, 2013

HF Virtual Book Tours: The Tudor Conspiracy by C.W. Gortner

Title: The Tudor Conspiracy
Author: C.W. Gortner
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St. Martin's
Publish Date: July 16, 2013
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours






Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a historical fiction fan.
  • You like great characters.
  • You like great storytelling.
What's the Story?:

From Goodreads.com: "Winter 1554. Brendan Prescott, spymaster to the Princess Elizabeth, has discovered that he is connected to the Tudors by blood as well as allegiance. Though his secret is known only by a few, it could be his downfall as he is called to London to protect the princess.
Accompanied by his young squire Peregrine, he reluctantly leaves his sweetheart Kate behind - but in the city he discovers that no one is quite what they seem. What fate does Queen Mary intend for her sister? Is Robert Dudley somehow manipulating the princess, even though he is locked in the Tower? And should Brendan trust the alluring Sybilla, Mary's lady-in-waiting, who professes to be on his side?

As he tries to unravel the mysteries of the Tudor court Brendan's life will be put in danger many times, and along the way he learns more about his own past."


My Two Cents:

Take one part mystery, one part adventure, a fantastic main character, a cup of the Tudor dynasty, and a bit of romance and you have "The Tudor Conspiracy." This book is the second book in the Spymaster Chronicles series but it can definitely be read as a stand alone book. Gortner pulls you right into Brendan's (the main character) world and you will definitely not be lost.  Although, I can tell you that I will definitely be going back and reading the first book since I liked this one so much!

It is easy to see why Gortner's books are so well received amongst book lovers, especially those of the historical fiction persuasion. He knows how to get you right into a story and to really care about the characters in the book. I really, really liked Brendan. He's Queen Elizabeth I's (Princess Elizabeth during the time period of the book) spymaster. He's super savvy at what he does, which was so much fun to read about, but on the other hand, he also has a great back story that I loved reading about just as much.

This book takes place during a fascinating time. Mary, Elizabeth's sister, sits on the throne so the book is full of the wheeling and dealing of Elizabeth trying to figure out what her sister intends for her in the new future. Queen Elizabeth is one of my favorite historical figures to read about. I hadn't read a lot about her life during this point in time so I loved getting a glimpse of this part of her life.

The historical detail in this book is great. Gortner does an amazing job of fully weaving great historical detail into the story while creating a fully engaging story. I cannot wait to see what is next for Brendan in the next part of this series!


Follow the Rest of the Tour:

Tuesday, July 16
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Review & Giveaway at The Tudor Book Blog
Wednesday, July 17
Review at The Maiden’s Court
Review at Diary of a Book Addict
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Thursday, July 18
Review at Amused by Books
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Friday, July 19
Review at The Broke and the Bookish
Review & Giveaway at Enchanted by Josephine
Interview at The Tudor Book Blog
Monday, July 22
Review at A Bookish Affair
Review at Jenny Loves to Read
Review at A Muse in the Fog Book Reviews
Tuesday, July 23
Review at Bippity Boppity Book
Guest Post at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, July 24
Review at Confessions of an Avid Reader
Review at A Writer’s Life: Working with the Muse
Thursday, July 25
Guest Post at Confessions of an Avid Reader
Interview at A Writer’s Life: Working with the Muse
Feature & Giveaway at Ramblings From This Chick
Friday, July 26
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Monday, July 29
Review at Books in the Burbs
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Review at Writing the Renaissance
Tuesday, July 30
Guest Post at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, July 31
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, August 1
Review at JulzReads
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Guest Post at A Chick Who Reads
Friday, August 2
Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Interview at Bibliophilic Book Blog
Monday, August 5
Review at Historical Tapestry & Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, August 6
Review at From L.A. to LA
Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading
Guest Post at Historical Tapestry
Wednesday, August 7
Review at Review From Here
Thursday, August 8
Review at Book Nerds
Interview at Review From Here
Friday, August 9
Review at Always with a Book
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Monday, August 12
Review at A Book Geek
Review at Bloggin’ ’bout Books
Tuesday, August 13
Review at The Bookworm
Guest Post at A Book Geek
Wednesday, August 14
Review at My Reading Room
Guest Post at Book Nerds
Thursday, August 15
Review at Book Journey
Interview at My Reading Room
Friday, August 16
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Monday, August 19
Review at The True Book Addict
Guest Post at So Many Books, So Little Time
Tuesday, August 20
Review at Lost in Books
Guest Post at The True Book Addict
Wednesday, August 21
Review at Broken Teepee
Thursday, August 22
Review at The Eclectic Reader
Guest Post at Broken Teepee
Friday, August 23
Review at Tanzanite’s Castle Full of Books
Monday, August 26
Review at Layered Pages
Review at A Bookish Libraria
Tuesday, August 27
Review at Book Addict Katie
Interview at Layered Pages
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1 comment:

  1. This is another on my 'to read' list! And seeing you rate it so highly just caused me to bump it up a few notches. Don't you love that cover?

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