The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner



The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner was an Audible read for me.  It is a historical novel set in the tumultuous time before the death of King Edward, Henry VIII’s only male heir.

The novel’s main protagonist is Brendan Prescott, who begins the novel as a servant of the Dudley family and ends the novel a member, albeit undisclosed, of the Tudor family.  The narration was less than pleasing.  It wasn’t horrible but it didn’t make the novel any more appealing either, in fact if I hadn’t been engrossed in my stitching it is doubtful I would have continued to listen to the book.

The book was interesting but not in the same league as others who write fictionalized histories of the same period.  There was just too much slightly”off” to be believable in the overall premise of the story.  Too many near misses brushes with death, a lowly servant rising up to serve Princess Elizabeth and Queen Mary within eleven days of arriving at court, and let’s not forget being the secret nephew of Henry VIII. 

I love historical novels, especially those set in Tudor England, but they have to be at least plausible when they play fast and loose with history.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find the setting of this novel plausible in the slightest.

Two stars out of five for being intriguing enough for me to finish listening too while stitching.


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