“He was a pawn wishing to be promoted to king, and minor pieces are oft sacrificed early in a game. The game, though, is always between the two most powerful pieces, queens.”
It’s release day for Roses Have Thorns by the ever wonderful Sandra Byrd! So go buy it. Right now! 🙂 Now on to the review:
Can we take a moment to take about this family’s drama? I mean seriously. I could not handle never knowing who to fully trust. Like ever. My sister wants me dead? How sweet. Someone tried to poison me with deadly lotions? Neat. I can’t marry the love of my life? Precious.
Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots weren’t exactly b/f/fs and what a sad reality where family doesn’t always mean instant love, but sometimes you have to execute them instead. But tis the life of royalty, especially during the Tudor age. Take a look at what awaits in these pages:
What happens when serving a queen may cost you your marriage–or your life?
In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fiance has fallen in love with her sister and her dowry money has been gambled away, but ahead of her lies an adventure that will take her to the dizzying heights of Tudor power. Transformed through marriage into Helena, the Marchioness of Northampton, she becomes the highest-ranking woman in Elizabeth’s circle. But in a court that is surrounded by Catholic enemies who plot the queen’s downfall, Helena is forced to choose between her unyielding monarch and the husband she’s not sure she can trust–a choice that will provoke catastrophic consequences.
Vividly conjuring the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots, Roses Have Thorns is a brilliant exploration of treason, both to the realm and to the heart.
I love love love this whole series! What I really liked about this one, was that all the main characters were based on real people and Byrd did fantastic research. Once again this family line and reign came to life in awesome and intriguing fashion. If you love this time period, you definitely need to read these three. And even if you don’t, get them and I promise you’ll become fascinated!
P.S. I find it a tad bit humorous that one of England’s greatest and most beloved Queen’s was the daughter of Anne Boylen. Just throwing it out there.
(I received an advanced copy for review)