Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Blood of Kings by Angela King! I’ll be sharing my review for this historical fiction novel, right after I tell you a little about the book.
Author : Angela King
Title : The Blood of Kings
Pages : 400
Publisher : Bombshell Books
Publication date : September 1, 2017
1559. A girl arrives in London to search for her brother.
Aalia, an awkward, arrogant teenager plans to bring William to his senses, until she discovers that both their lives are based on a lie.
Aalia must unravels a web of secrets but has the weight of her past to contend with.
Courageous and undisciplined, Aalia gradually comes to terms with the truth that William, her brother, has royal blood.
Deciding to undermine the men who want to use him as a pawn, Aalia must negotiate a world where secrecy arms the powerful. But unwilling to ask for anyone’s help she is forced into making a fateful decision.
Who can she trust when everyone around her is plotting? Is the truth really something worth dying for?
The year is 1959. The place is London. The ship Cornucopia arrives after a long journey from India. On board is Aalia. She’s come to England to find her brother, William. William seems to think he’s a long lost son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour and thus the rightful heir to the throne. He quickly becomes a pawn in a deadly game. Some know the truth and will go to desperate lengths to keep that truth hidden at all costs. There’s a lot of sneaking around and dubious meetings from multiple players with their own ambitions, not at all necessarily noble, which is exactly how I would imagine things to have been in those days.
Set in the era of Elizabeth Tudor’s reign, The Blood of Kings is full of a healthy dose of intrigue that’s to be expected from a life at court and a time when kings and queens weren’t safe from anyone. Aalia must unravel a web of deceit and lies but with so many people around her plotting, is there anyone left she can trust?
Aalia is quite likeable and very different from what women were supposed to be like or act like in those days. She’s fiery, feisty, tempestuous and incredibly stubborn. She’s not someone you can control but she can take excellent care of herself.
I must admit that I often felt a tad confused about the large cast of characters, although it’s entirely possible that was due to my concentration levels not being up to scratch. I also found some chapters to be rather on the slow side, which broke the flow of the story and I didn’t always understand their relevance.
However, the author truly manages to create a wonderful atmosphere of London life in the 1500’s from the pubs to the docks to court. If you like historical fiction, the Elizabethan era and a great dose of mystery and intrigue, then this is the book for you!
The Blood of Kings was published on September 1st.
I’ve always loved words, those little black squiggles dancing around the page lead inside a secret world – the world of imagination.
I’ve always loved writing – diaries, stories, letters – I’m a compulsive writer. My favourite task is pinning the imagined world into words – it’s also the most exciting but I’d rarely let anyone read my work.
While my children were growing up I studied with the Open University. I also worked for a small company which made docu-history films for museums and wrote articles for magazines and specialist publications. Then, in 2008, two very close friends died, kicking me into action – if I didn’t write my novel soon it might never be written. I joined a couple of local creative writing groups and finally allowed my imagination to run free.
In 2016 I had short stories published in three different anthologies: Dark Minds (Bloodhound Books), Happily Never After (C & P Writers) and Dot, Dot, Dot, (Wiza Words).
My first novel – The Blood of Kings – is due to be published by Bombshell Books later this year.