Title: My Lady Viper
Author: E. Knight
Publisher: Knight Media, LLC
Publish Date: October 1, 2013
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "May, 1536. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.
Anne Boleyn falls to the executioner's axe on a cold spring morning,
yet another Anne vows she will survive in the snakepit court of Henry
VIII. But at what cost?
Lady Anne Seymour knows her family hangs
by a thread. If her sister-in-law Jane Seymour cannot give the King a
son, she will be executed or set aside, and her family with her. Anne
throws herself into the deadly and intoxicating intrigue of the Tudor
court, determined at any price to see the new queen's marriage a success
and the Seymour family elevated to supreme power. But Anne's
machinations will earn her a reputation as a viper, and she must decide
if her family's rise is worth the loss of her own soul."
My Two Cents:
"My Lady Viper" is the story of Anne Seymour, who becomes a lady in waiting to Jane Seymour, who is, of course, one of Henry VIII's queens. This is the first traditional historical fiction offering from E. Knight, who also writes romances under the name Eliza Knight. It was neat to see the author make a jump to traditional historical fiction and after reading this book, I can say that the jump was worth it.
Now Tudor fiction can be tricky and it's a tricky subject for me. I was going guns a'blazin for Tudor fiction a couple years ago but fell out of it when it seemed like so many Tudor historical fiction books were the same. I was a little hesitant to read this book because of that but the author makes it worth it. This is a very different take on what could be a well tread subject. I feel like Jane Seymour is one of Henry VIII's lesser known queens so I liked seeing her and getting to know her through this book. Because Anne is so close to Jane, we get to see a really intimate picture of Jane that I really enjoyed. Anne is a really interesting character in her own right. There is a good infusion of romance in this book so that Knight's previous fans will not feel so at sea.
The writing of the book is pretty good and the pacing moves nicely. This book has a lot of drama and intrigue that keeps it moving at a good clip. E. Knight breathes new life and new scandal into the Tudors. This is an engrossing historical fiction tale that readers will love!
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