Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spotlight and Review: "Prisoner of the Queen" by E. Knight

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Publication Date: July 2014 | Knight Media, LLC | Formats: eBook, Paperback
Series: Tales From the Tudor Court
Genre: Historical Fiction
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I have served three queens in my life. One was my sister, one was my savior, and one my bitterest enemy. Knowing she was seen as a threat to the Queen she served, Lady Katherine Grey, legitimate heir to the throne, longs only for the comfort of a loving marriage and a quiet life far from the intrigue of the Tudor court. After seeing her sister become the pawn of their parents and others seeking royal power and then lose their lives for it, she is determined to avoid the vicious struggles over power and religion that dominate Queen Elizabeth’s court. Until she finds love—then Kat is willing to risk it all, even life in prison.

Tales From the Tudor Court Series

Book One: My Lady Viper
Book Two: Prisoner of the Queen

My Review

"Prisoner of the Queen" takes on the true story of Lady Katherine Grey. Often overlooked due to her older sister Jane, "the Queen of Nine Days", Katherine saw first hand what unbridled ambition could result in. Raised as a "Princess of the Blood" (her grand uncle was Henry VIII), Katherine knew she would be a pawn in the political machinations of her era. Instead, she chose to take her own destiny in hand and marry for love, which unfortunately had disastrous consequences.

E. Knight has a great way of detailing the Tudor period. It is clear that she has put in a remarkable amount of research while writing this book. The customs and language of the period were spot on. I really enjoyed reading something from Katherine's perspective though I wish her characterization had been a bit more filled out. Since the novel was written in first person, the reader sees Katherine's version of things only. She was obviously a sweet girl, somewhat naive, but able to play the game in order to get what she wanted. Ned's adoration of her was a bit unfounded at first as their relationship begins as a physical attraction and slowly blossoms into something deeper.

Overall, this new take on Katherine is a much needed entry in the historical fiction world. Tudor enthusiasts will certainly rejoice!

About the Author

Eliza KnightE. Knight is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America and several RWA affiliate writing chapters: Hearts Through History, Celtic Hearts, Maryland Romance Writers and Washington Romance Writers. Growing up playing in castle ruins and traipsing the halls of Versailles when visiting her grandparents during the summer, instilled in a love of history and royals at an early age. Feeding her love of history, she created the popular historical blog, History Undressed ( Under the pseudonym Eliza Knight, she is a bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author of historical and erotic romance. For more information please visit E. Knight's website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Prisoner of the Queen Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 15 Review at A Bookish Affair Review at WTF Are You Reading? Tuesday, September 16 Review & Giveaway at JulzReads Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading Wednesday, September 17 Review at Just One More Chapter Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past Thursday, September 18 Review at A Chick Who Reads Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection Friday, September 19 Guest Post at What Is That Book About Monday, September 22 Review at Historical Fiction Obsession Interview & Giveaway at The Tudor Enthusiast Tuesday, September 23 Review at Book Nerd Review at Historical Tapestry Wednesday, September 24 Review at Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time Thursday, September 25 Review at CelticLady's Reviews Review at Curling Up By the Fire Friday, September 26 Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages Monday, September 29 Review at Book Drunkard Review at So Many Books, So Little Time Tuesday, September 30 Review at Flashlight Commentary Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book Wednesday, October 1 Review at Caroline Wilson Writes Review at 100 Pages a Day - Stephanie's Book Reviews Thursday, October 2 Review & Excerpt at Romantic Historical Reviews Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading Friday, October 3 Review at The True Book Addict Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

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