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This is Auggie Talk's first review of the new year! I'm so excited!
by Katherine Longshore
by Katherine Longshore
Author: Katherine Longshire
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Publication: May 15, 2012
In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free--
and love comes at the highest price of all.
When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.
Gilt is a historical fiction based around the short but very dazzling life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife to Henry VIII.
We know of course that Henry's wives, most of them, met untimely ends for a number of crimes. I've never been much into the stories of this particular King. Even the Boleyn story didn't interest me, mostly because I find it too sad to bear.
I was concerned at first at how I would feel at the finish of this book already knowing the outcome, but the author did a fantastic job of spinning out a life from the eyes of a less mentioned woman, a friend of the short-lived queen.
The intrigue and the suspense kept me reading, and despite the downright stupidity of numerous of the characters involved in the story, this book had me turning page after page. I read it in one sitting. I couldn't put it down! I was so enveloped in the story of the selfish, dumb little girl and her friends that were swept up in the glory of court and loyalty to each other, I couldn't imagine what was going to happen next... I just kept waiting for the shoe to drop, for the #*&$ to hit the fan, as it were.
It eventually did.
Despite the fact that the reader will not sympathize with Catherine Howard... you won't be glad of the ending especially considering the girl was very young. The author did, however, do a great job of getting you to sympathize with those who were harmed by her shenanigans.
Historical accuracy for this author is pretty important, and aside from a bit of poetic license the story's characters were mostly all original players in the life of Catherine Howard.
Despite how much I disliked Gilt's Catherine Howard, I also felt abundant sympathy for her...an immature, young woman full of life and love being trapped in a marriage that couldn't have possibly been fulfilling. You don't consider much of anything at that age... but if she would have just kept herself in check for another 5 or so years Henry would have died and she would have been off the hook.
Hind sight is 20/20 especially after four hundred some odd years...
Anyway. If you're a fan of Historical fiction and have ANY love for the history of England, this book is going to be aces for you.
Even if you don't like English history, this book was well written enough that it could be read as a stand-alone fiction about the tragedy and intrigue of a royal court.
You know all of that couldn't have actually been enjoyable. What a mess.
Anyway. I highly recommend this book to all of you.
Read Read Read!
I wish all of you fantastic reading and great blogging for the year to come.
Let's enjoy 2013!
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