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Friday, February 11, 2011

Book Blog Tour Stop - The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner

About The Book:

The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and above all, spies.
Summer 1553: A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the King’s brilliant, enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil—who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.

A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth’s quest to unravel the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With only a bold stable boy and audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, The Tudor Secret is the first book in The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles.

My Thoughts:

I found The Tudor Secret to be a pleasing mixture of historical fact and creative fiction. C.W. Gortner gives his readers a fast-paced story of intrigue and royal mayhem that will leave them satisfied with the ending, and wanting more! I look forward to the next book in this series.

I've always been fascinated by the Tudor family, the life of Queen Elizabeth I and her court, and this well-written novel only whetted my curiousity to learn more. 

Elizabeth I

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a historical fiction or royal fiction fan.

About The Author:

C.W. Gortner is the author of the acclaimed historical novels The Last Queen and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. He holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis on Renaissance Studies from the New College of California. In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall and experienced life in a Spanish castle. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights and environmental issues. Half-Spanish by birth, he divides his time between Northern California and Antigua, Guatemala.

The Tudor Secret is the first book in Gortner’s The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles series.
You can visit the author online at http://www.cwgortner.com/ or his blog at http://historicalboys.blogspot.com/.

The Tudor Rose

My Thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for including me on this tour, and to St Martin's Press and the author for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinions.

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The Mistress of the Dark said...

Oh I like the sound of this one. I'll have to wishlist it :)

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the great review of Christopher's latest. I'm glad you enjoyed it. While more fictional than his other books, I found it to be an engaging read. I hope your readers will check it out.


C.W. Gortner said...

Thank you for hosting me on my blog tour and for your lovely review! I hope your readers enjoy THE TUDOR SECRET. I love your music, too; "Somewhere In Time" was one of my late father's favorite themes and he first encouraged me to write. This is a special tour stop for me.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thank you so much for stopping by, Mr. Gortner! I'm looking forward to your next book to see how things go for Brendan and Kate, and of course, Queen Elizabeth!

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