Image of The Tudor Secret (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles)


Image of The Tudor Secret (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles)

Even Tudor fans who know all the key players and historical backdrop will be captivated by Gortner’s storytelling and his engaging hero. He juxtaposes his naïve and loyal hero with the cruel Robert Dudley, enhancing the plot and grabbing reader interest as much as the quick pace and lush historical references. This novel is both entertaining and thoughtful.

Henry VIII is dead and young King Edward, influenced by the Dudley family, sits on the throne. The powerful Dudleys send orphaned servant Brendan Prescott to court to serve their son, Lord Robert. Young Brendan is quickly caught up in the court intrigue when Princess Elizabeth arrives and he becomes a double agent for the Dudleys and the princesss’s protector, William Cecil. As Edward becomes ill, the Dudleys fear the threat Elizabeth poses to their bid for power. Meanwhile the princess is searching for the truth about her brother’s disappearance. Brendan begins questioning — not only others’ loyalties, but his own and his place in the scheme of things while helping to locate the king and perhaps learn the secrets of his past. (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Feb., 336 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin