Fatal Throne was a pretty cool read. I won this book off of a Goodreads giveaway and I actually forgot I had it until I saw the cover at Books-A-Million. How could I forget? I am obsessed with Tudor fiction. I pulled it out to read but then got sucked up by life and didn’t actually read it until May 19th. I know the exact date because I made a Facebook post saying something along the lines of “In “honor” of the royal wedding im going to drink red wine and read about the tragic lives of King Henry VIII wives”. Something to that degree.
I have a pretty decent collection of Tudor fiction on my bookshelves and this one might be one of my favorites. Each section is written by a different author and has a different tone. That give this book a lot of character. Each part is written from the point of view of Henry’s wives, not himself. After the demise of each wife there is a small little excerpt of Henry, and his thoughts but he isn’t a major point of view character. <— If that makes sense. The only thing that kind of disappointed me was the part of Anna of Cleaves. I felt like that was a spoiler for the whole rest of the book. Fatal Throne did Henry’s wives’ stories in chronological order. So when we got to Anna of Cleaves, who didn’t die until AFTER everyone else her story up to her demise kind of made the parts of Catherine Howard and Kateryn Parr predictable and not as interesting because Anna gave it all away. At the same time though, Anna of Cleaves was also my favorite section. I liked the way her part was written.
This books portrayed Henry VIII in a very different light. The book layout was unique for this story. I loved it and would totally recommend it to anyone interested in Tudor history or historical fiction.
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