My Lady Viper

My Lady Viper

Tales From the Tudor Court

Book - 2014
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"May, 1536. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. When Anne Boleyn falls to the executioner's ax on a cold spring morning, yet another Anne vows she will survive in the snake-pit court of Henry VIII. But at what cost? Lady Anne Seymour knows her family hangs by a thread. If her sister-in-law Jane Seymour cannot give the King a son, she will be executed or set aside, and her family with her. Anne throws herself into the deadly and intoxicating intrigue of the Tudor court, determined at any price to see the new queen's marriage a success and the Seymour family elevated to supreme power. But Anne's machinations will earn her a reputation as a viper, and she must decide if her family's rise is worth the loss of her own soul..."--Publisher description.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Lake Union Publishing, c2014
ISBN: 9781477830901
1477830901
Characteristics: 456 pages ; 22 cm

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Sep 29, 2015

Lady Anne Seymour has usually been a side figure in most Tudor novels. She is chiefly remembered for being Katherine Parr's rival and sister-in-law. It's good to see that she's been given a chance to tell her own story; unfortunately, she doesn't seem to know what to do with it.

For example, we don't get a chance to see what drew Edward Seymour to her; we do get lots of examples of her ordering her would be lovers off in a huff. We don't see her rise to power; only that she somehow persuades King Henry VIII to marry Katherine Parr (and then wonders why Katherine won't be her ally).

The copyediting is sloppy too. At one point, we're told that King Henry is ill, and "Puss is oozing through his bandages." OK, where's the cat and how did it get in Henry's bandages?

The book is a quick, light read for Tudor fans, provided you're able to see past the gaping holes in the plot and the spellcheck status. I hope E. Knight finds a good friend to read her next manuscript--a friend armed with a big red pen.

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