[PUYB Blog Tour, Review, AND Giveaway] The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner

Posted 9 February, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 14 Comments

*See the end of this posting for details on the giveaway!*

About the Book:
The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and above all, spies.

Summer 1553: A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the King’s brilliant, enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil—who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.
A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth’s quest to unravel the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With only a bold stable boy and audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, The Tudor Secret is the first book in The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles.

About the Author:
C.W. Gortner is the author of the acclaimed historical novels The Last Queen and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. He holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis on Renaissance Studies from the New College of California. In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall and experienced life in a Spanish castle. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights and environmental issues. Half-Spanish by birth, he divides his time between Northern California and Antigua, Guatemala.

The Tudor Secret is the first book in Gortner’s The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles series.
You can visit the author online at www.cwgortner.com or his blog at https://historicalboys.blogspot.com/.

My Review:
Incredible. Fabulous. Page turning suspense. I absolutely fell in love with this book instantly! C.W. Gortner writes his novels in such a way that his readers become the story. That’s what happened to me with this awesome first installment to Gortner’s Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles.

Reading Brendan Prescott’s story and his life as a spy, so to speak, in exchange for finding out about his past and who he really is, was thrilling. The treason that takes place amongst this story, is indescribable as it lends the action to the story. It fascinated me to turn each page and see a new twist each time. At times, I found my heart racing as I waited to see what would have to Brendan, as he sets forth to protect Elizabeth. To read these kinds of novels about real people mixed with fictional characters in a fictional setting, is outstanding.

I could go on and on about this thrilling, suspenseful treason filled novel, but if I do, I fear that I’ll give away spoilers, and I don’t do that, so I will stop here.

But, I will tell you this: you MUST give this series start a try. Words and 5 star praises aren’t enough to do this author’s work justice. His research is outstanding, and his stories instantly capture the reader. If you love History, the Tudor era and fantastic writing, DO NOT MISS Gortner’s 5 star novel. I can’t wait until the second installment to this incredible spymaster series, as well as going back and reading his novel, The Last Queen!

You can see the other stops on this tour here.

You can purchase your copy here.

*This book was provided for review by PumpUpYourBook!*

The Giveaway:
To enter this giveaway, tell me if you have ever read a novel about the Tudor era, and what it was (gotta get more of these fascinating books and LOVE hearing about new ones that I haven’t read yet!). PLEASE remember to include some for of contact information in your comment so that if you win, I may notify you! NO CONTACT INFO=NO VALID ENTRY. If you would like a SEPARATE bonus entry please tell me how you follow my blog. For one additional SEPARATE bonus entry, tweet/blog about this giveaway and come back here with the link (may be done ONCE each day until the deadline). Giveaway will end February 28th@1159pmEST. Good luck to all!

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