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review 2016-05-24 21:26
Book Review of Phoenix Rising: A novel of Anne Boleyn by Hunter S. Jones
Phoenix Rising: A novel of Anne Boleyn - Hunter S. Jones

The last hour of Anne Boleyn's life...

 

Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets of the last hour are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny's stage.

 

A young Anne Boleyn arrives at the court of King Henry VIII. She is to be presented at the Shrovetide pageant, le Château Vert. The young and ambitious Anne has no idea that a chance encounter before the pageant will lead to her capturing the heart of the king. What begins as a distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction.

Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment... the execution of a queen. The history of England will be changed for ever.

 

Review 4*

 

This is an intriguing look into the last hours of Anne Boleyn's life. A friend of mine recommended this book to me. I am not really a huge reader of historical fiction, but who hasn't heard about these royals and the tragic circumstances leading up to Anne Boleyn's beheading? So, being curious, I decided to give this book a try.

 

First off, I would like to say that the cover is very striking. It definitely catches the eye and has many elements in it that are relevant to the story within the cover.

 

This book is told in first person by various characters, from Anne Boleyn herself to King Henry VIII and the executioner amongst others. The author has taken real facts but added her own fictional twist to the tale. Unfortunately, I found this story, although a page turner, to be a little too dry for my taste. I felt that there could have been more meat added to the fictional sections to make it more scandalous. I don't know if Henry really loved Anne or not, or whether the accusations he levied against her were true or not either. Henry must have found himself under extreme pressure to father a male heir for him to annul his marriage and order Anne's death, then set his sights on Lady Jane Seymour. Or he was an utter womanizer and it was his infidelity he was hiding by accusing his wife of it instead when she failed to give him the son he desired. We can only guess at his thoughts, though his actions on the day of the execution was rather telling in my opinion.

 

What I did discover about Anne Boleyn from this book was that she was strong willed and had many enemies that wished her ill. I am not sure if she would have gone to her death without a fight. Whether she was drugged/sedated up until her beheading to keep her quiet one will never know. However, what I do know is that she was a formidable woman who faced death with grace.

 

Hunter S. Jones has written an intriguing fictional tale of real events. Her descriptive writing brought the past to life and her fast paced writing style kept me turning the pages. However, by having each chapter told through the various characters, I found the flow a little choppy and slightly disconnected from each other. But, having said that, I would consider reading more of this author's books in the future.

 

Although there are no scenes of a sensuous nature, there is mention of execution and beheading. Therefore, I do not recommend this book to younger readers (under 12) or those with a nervous disposition. However, if you love historical fiction and you're interested in the Tudor's, this is the book for you. - Lynn Worton

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review 2015-10-14 04:44
Phoenix Rising by Hunter S. Jones
Phoenix Rising: A novel of Anne Boleyn - Hunter S. Jones

Short book that I wish could've been longer. It was so very good. Excellent writing! A fictional account of Queen Anne's last hour alive, told from different perspectives. Completely believable and Jones is an exceptional storyteller. Although I knew the outcome, my heart began to beat faster as Anne's hour of deliverance drew near. Long live the Queen!! Wait. No? Ok. Well, long live Hunter S. Jones!!

 

 

**I was graciously given a DRC of this book by the author. A review was not requested, expected, nor have I been compensated. Thank you, Hunter! Loved it!

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text 2015-10-01 18:04
October TBR
Feud (Rebels & Brothers 1) - Derek Birks
Owen - Book One of the Tudor Trilogy - Tony Riches
People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks
The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez - Ann Swinfen
Phoenix Rising: A novel of Anne Boleyn - Hunter S. Jones

Keeping this shorter this month due to that NetGalley TBR that needs some attention. Also including at least one of the audiobooks that I will be listening to in an effort to keep things more realistic.

 

I also have an ARC that doesn't seem to be in the system: A Casualty of Grace by Lisa Brown 

 

Here we go!

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text 2015-08-31 20:22
September Reading List
Owen - Book One of the Tudor Trilogy - Tony Riches
The Half-Hanged Man - David Pilling
The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez - Ann Swinfen
Phoenix Rising: A novel of Anne Boleyn - Hunter S. Jones
Feud (Rebels & Brothers 1) - Derek Birks
The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett
March - Geraldine Brooks
The Summer Queen - Elizabeth Chadwick
The Winter Crown - Elizabeth Chadwick
The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel - Nina George,Simon Pare

Here I am, setting myself another impossible goal. These two Elizabeth Chadwick novels have been included in at least three monthly goals so far. Hopefully, I will get at least one of them read this time!

 

Here's the breakdown:

 

More Historical than Fiction Book Club:

Game of Kings

 

NetGalley:

Winter Crown

Little Paris Bookshop

 

Audio Book:

March

 

Indie Reads:

Owen

The Half-Hanged Man

The Secret World of Christovel Alvarez

Phoenix Rising

Fued

 

Other books on my shelves that may tempt me into going astray:

The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshall

Madrid

 

Also from NetGalley:

Killers of the King

Marbeck and the Gunpowder Plot

Edith Cavell

Medicis Daughter

Jesus, Pope Francis, and a Protestant Walk into a Bar

The Queen's Caprice

 

Want to buy:

Invention of Fire

Kingmaker: Broken Faith

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text 2015-07-17 14:11
Historical Fiction Kindle Sale
Phoenix Rising: A novel of Anne Boleyn - Hunter S. Jones
The Claimant: A Novel of the Wars of the Roses - Simon Anderson
Cor Rotto: A novel of Catherine Carey - Adrienne Dillard
The Truth of the Line - Melanie V. Taylor
The Merry Wives of Henry VIII: A Tudor Spoof Collection - Ann Nonny,Claire Ridgway

Each of these is 99c or 99p today depending upon your side of the pond. Pick up some weekend reading!

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