Fatal Throne

Fatal Throne

Fatal Throne, a book about Henry VIII and his six wives, coordinated by Candace Fleming. Fleming and six other authors will each contribute a story from different points of view: M.T. Anderson, Jennifer Donnelly, Stephanie Hemphill, Deborah Hopkinson, Linda Sue Park, and Lisa Ann Sandell....

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Fatal Throne Reviews

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    Wow, I had no idea how much I would freaking 

    reading about Henry VIII's wives, their struggles, and his deplorable behavior. I cheered for the women, whose lives were often hell, and I jeered Henry at every turn (seriously, most of my Kindle notes are along the lines of "why is he the actual worst?" and "who let this asshole rule a country, should have shot him instead"). And it is

    Wow, I had no idea how much I would freaking 

    reading about Henry VIII's wives, their struggles, and his deplorable behavior. I cheered for the women, whose lives were often hell, and I jeered Henry at every turn (seriously, most of my Kindle notes are along the lines of "why is he the actual worst?" and "who let this asshole rule a country, should have shot him instead"). And it is a sadly accurate portrayal of the awfulness that 

    women have been dealing with since literally forever.

    First, it was freaking 

    to have a different author for every queen (and Henry!),

    . Each queen was, quite literally, her own woman even in the book, and it really showed. The voices all were 

    well done too, each seeming quite appropriate for each queen's personality. And Henry, too- even though I loathed him at every turn, his chapters were still compelling to read.

    Basically, I never wanted this book to end. Which I haven't felt about a book in a 

    time. It's also

    , as I found myself down a very lengthly Henry-related Wikipedia rabbit hole after finishing the book. The authors had me so completely enamored with each queen that I found myself wanting to know about 

    .

    It was certainly not easy to read, as you can imagine. The time period was hell, obviously, and people died on the regular, even if Henry didn't have them killed. Reading of the deaths of the queens' children was probably the hardest part. These women were, by and large, so young, and dealt with so much trauma. But their strength was incredible, and worth every page.

    If you have any interest in this topic or historical fiction at all,

    . It is one of my all-time favorites, both entertaining and informative.

  • Steph

    Every time I get a chance to read about the infamous king or, even better, his (in)famous wives, I jump at the chance. I like how the authors wrote not only from Henry's perspective but from the viewpoint of each wife as well. Of course, there is no certain way to know EXACTLY what was going through each one's mind, but I surely enjoyed the ride. This book is one that I found myself glued to and did not want to put down. It flowed very well and I discovered that I was quickly turning the page to

    Every time I get a chance to read about the infamous king or, even better, his (in)famous wives, I jump at the chance. I like how the authors wrote not only from Henry's perspective but from the viewpoint of each wife as well. Of course, there is no certain way to know EXACTLY what was going through each one's mind, but I surely enjoyed the ride. This book is one that I found myself glued to and did not want to put down. It flowed very well and I discovered that I was quickly turning the page to find out what was going to happen next. With each flip of the page, I channeled myself into the magnificent court that I was reading about. I could even imagine what it was like to be in that horrid Tower, looking down at the block where, as the expression goes, heads would roll. If you are looking for a dramatic glimpse into the lives of these women, then this is the book for you.

  • Katelynne

    This is one of my favorite Tudor books ever. It made me interested beyond Anne Boleyn! Each author writes a different "character" - and they are all so, so rewarding and wonderful.

    Fleming's Katharine of Aragon is pious and understandable. M. T. Anderson's Henry VIII is wonderfully insane yet lovable. His Elizabeth, though brief, is beautiful and strong. Hemphill's Anne Boleyn is a classic mean girl - certainly not my favorite telling of Anne, but wonderful nonetheless. Sandell's Jane Seymour is

    This is one of my favorite Tudor books ever. It made me interested beyond Anne Boleyn! Each author writes a different "character" - and they are all so, so rewarding and wonderful.

    Fleming's Katharine of Aragon is pious and understandable. M. T. Anderson's Henry VIII is wonderfully insane yet lovable. His Elizabeth, though brief, is beautiful and strong. Hemphill's Anne Boleyn is a classic mean girl - certainly not my favorite telling of Anne, but wonderful nonetheless. Sandell's Jane Seymour is sweet and relatable. Donnelly's Anna of Cleves has a wonderful narrative. Though she doesn't prescribe to my Anne of Cleves theories, she proves herself yet again as one of my favorite authors. Park's Catherine Howard genuinely interested me in the woman. I would love to learn more about her. The same goes for Hopkinson's Kateryn Parr!

    All in all, this book is a fabulous YA retelling of the six wives of Henry VIII. It's factual while still remaining fictional, and falls into borderline New Adult with some of the steamier - or, to be frank, more disgusting as Henry grows older - scenes.

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    This advance reader copy was provided by publisher Random House via NetGalley.

    First and foremost, this is a Young Adult genre novel, so I am rating it as such.

    This is a fictionalized narrative told in the first person by each of King Henry VIII's six wives. Immediately following each wife's account is Henry VIII's point of view. Out of the many Tudor tomes I've read, I don't ever recall a book structured in this way. Not only did I find this compelling, but it was a clever touch to have Henry's

    This advance reader copy was provided by publisher Random House via NetGalley.

    First and foremost, this is a Young Adult genre novel, so I am rating it as such.

    This is a fictionalized narrative told in the first person by each of King Henry VIII's six wives. Immediately following each wife's account is Henry VIII's point of view. Out of the many Tudor tomes I've read, I don't ever recall a book structured in this way. Not only did I find this compelling, but it was a clever touch to have Henry's font in a different style to go along with his alternative take on things.

    It wasn't immediately evident to me that this was a YA novel, but after digesting it awhile I realized that it was lacking the depth of a more intensive biography. Also, this is historical fiction, so poetic license was employed much like a Phillipa Gregory novel. Another unique device was using seven different authors to "speak" for each wife and Henry. The writing quality didn't quite rise to the brilliance of a Phillipa Gregory or Alison Weir (who has recently embarked on the "Six Tudor Queens" series of first person narratives) novel, but was a pleasantly written overview for young adults or casual readers of Tudor history.

  • Tatiana

    I am impressed. The title of this work makes it sound trashier and gushier than it is. Even though it’s no "Wolf Hall," the writing in "Fatal Throne" is strong and sophisticated, albeit not uniformly so. This book is assembled of 8 perspectives (Henry Viii, his wives and then Elizabeth I telling their personal stories) all written by different YA authors, most writers of the highest acclaim. The real standouts are Jennifer Donnelly’s Anna of Cleves and Linda Sue Park’s Catherine Howard.

    Hardly an

    I am impressed. The title of this work makes it sound trashier and gushier than it is. Even though it’s no "Wolf Hall," the writing in "Fatal Throne" is strong and sophisticated, albeit not uniformly so. This book is assembled of 8 perspectives (Henry Viii, his wives and then Elizabeth I telling their personal stories) all written by different YA authors, most writers of the highest acclaim. The real standouts are Jennifer Donnelly’s Anna of Cleves and Linda Sue Park’s Catherine Howard.

    Hardly any of this was factually new to me. After all, I am no Tudor novice. I’d spent a pretty obscene amount of time consuming Tudor media. Still the authors managed to bring something fresh to their narratives. This would be an excellent tool of recruiting a new generation of Tudor junkies.

  • Tammie

    A YA historical fiction book, Fatal Throne was a highly interesting read. I’ve always had a interest in King Henry VIII- especially books, movies and shows that depict his somewhat scandalous life. Best known for his six marriages, Fatal Throne is broken into sections-each wife telling her own story, followed by King Henry’s own interpretation. Recommended to readers that enjoy YA historical fiction.

  • Jen Ryland

    What a fun premise - each chapter is from the perspective of one of Henry VIII's wives, and each is by a different YA author. I learned a lot about the lesser-known wives! I wasn't as much of a fan of Henry's perspective and question whether it was needed, but overall I really enjoyed this one!

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    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway

    What a fun premise - each chapter is from the perspective of one of Henry VIII's wives, and each is by a different YA author. I learned a lot about the lesser-known wives! I wasn't as much of a fan of Henry's perspective and question whether it was needed, but overall I really enjoyed this one!

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    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway!! I've entered so many and this was the first I've ever won!!!!!!!!!!

  • Christina

    Fatal Throne is perfect for those just beginning to read about Henry VIII and his six wives. Each queen details and summarizes important periods in their life and individual downfalls. The accounts are simplistic and easy to read. After telling their stories, Henry has to get the last word and plays the victim in some form each time.

    For those who are already well read on the Tudors, this book offers nothing new. What I did like, however, is that unlike some of the run-of-the-mill Tudor books—we

    Fatal Throne is perfect for those just beginning to read about Henry VIII and his six wives. Each queen details and summarizes important periods in their life and individual downfalls. The accounts are simplistic and easy to read. After telling their stories, Henry has to get the last word and plays the victim in some form each time.

    For those who are already well read on the Tudors, this book offers nothing new. What I did like, however, is that unlike some of the run-of-the-mill Tudor books—we get to see the importance of religion (whether Catholic or Protestant) was to women like Katharine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, and Kateryn Parr. It’s often overlooked for the more seedier happenings of the time. These women were more well-rounded, complicated individuals and not mere stereotypes to be boxed in.

    The best perspective, I think, in this book was Anna (or Anne) of Cleves. She is often one of the more ignored ones aside from the whole ‘ugly’ business. Her story stood out to me above the others. I’m nitpicky about Katharine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, but they were passable for what this collection is supposed to be.

  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)

    This review is going to be a lot shorter than usual since this is an anthology and it’s a retelling of historical figures and events. There isn’t really a whole lot to discuss!

    This was an okay book, not terribly bad but not terribly good either.I did enjoy reading it, just not as much as I originally thought I would. I don’t think I

    This review is going to be a lot shorter than usual since this is an anthology and it’s a retelling of historical figures and events. There isn’t really a whole lot to discuss!

    This was an okay book, not terribly bad but not terribly good either.I did enjoy reading it, just not as much as I originally thought I would. I don’t think I’m a big enough “Tudor fan” for this book, however, if you are very interested in Tudor history (especially Henry VIII and his wives) then you might enjoy this one!

    There isn’t much to say about the plot since the plot is ….well history! We follow the 6 different POVs of Henry VIII’s wives: Katharine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Kateryn Parr. Then we also see some POVs from Henry VIII and Elizabeth I as well. Each POV is also written by a different YA author:

    M. T. Anderson – Henry VIII

    Candace Fleming – Katharine of Aragon

    Stephanie Hemphill – Anne Boleyn

    Lisa Ann Sandell – Jane Seymour

    Jennifer Donnelly – Anna of Cleves

    Linda Sue Park – Catherine Howard

    Deborah Hopkinson – Kateryn Parr

    There wasn’t too terribly much revealed in each POV that I didn’t already know, but the writing was fantastic and I enjoyed reading through each perspective. My personal favorites were Fleming’s, Hemphill’s, and Park’s stories a.k.a. the tales of Katharine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, and Catherine Howard. I also liked the added POV of Henry VIII after each of the wives’s POVs, I just thought it was an interesting touch to see how he played the victim in each marriage even though he obviously was not.

    Overall this was an enjoyable enough book and one that I definitely recommend checking out if you’re a fan of Tudor history. If you aren’t terribly keen on Tudor history I’d pass on this one though.

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