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The Boleyn Deceit

(The Boleyn Trilogy #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,279 ratings  ·  326 reviews
Torn between his kingdom and the woman he loves. . .

William Tudor, now King Henry IX, sits alone on the throne. But England must still contend with those who doubt his legitimacy. William is betrothed to a young princess from France, but still he has eyes only for his childhood friend Minuette, and court tongues are wagging.

Even more dangerous – if discovered – is that Min
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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They say confession is good for the soul so perhaps it's best that I just admit I've been avoiding this review. I've allowed Laura Andersen's The Boleyn Deceit to languish in my pending folder for months to circumvent penning what I knew would be somewhat negative commentary, but no more. It's time to bite the bullet and be done with it.

I realize I'm in the minority here, but I genuinely feel the second installment of Ander
You know how, sometimes, you finish a book and find yourself - quite literally - breathless?

Well, this was one of those times.

ETA: I wish the publisher wouldn't use the comparisons to Weir and Gregory. This is MUCH better.

The Review

The Boleyn Deceit picks up more or less where The Boleyn King left off and is, I have to say, even better than its predecessor. With William now king in his own right, the stakes are higher and friendships are going to be tested further than ever.

At the end of
Kelly | xoxo, Kelly Nina
Bloody hell, this was amazing! I need The Boleyn Reckoning IMMEDIATELY! Also, it is quite jarring having finished, looking around, and realizing I'm not in 1555 England. That's the caliber of storytelling. ALL the feels.

Full review to come <3

You guys…YOU GUYS! I know that I always say dystopia and fantasy are my comfort genres but there is just something so magical that happens to me while reading historical fiction…GOOD historical fiction. If you know me or read this blog before you may know I
I am aware this is more a rant than a review, but I had to do it to rid my system of this piece of shit called Minuette.

More appropriately titled Minuette is Perfect, this book is the second book in the Boleyn King trilogy. While the first book was good enough, and there was immense scope for a wonderful series, this book is terrible. There are a few good things. For example, the political intrigues are interesting and some of the actual historical characters like George and Jane Boleyn, Elizabe
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Writing a proper review has always been my struggle, especially when a book has swept me off my feet. And this is one of those cases. It is a difficult review to write and, in my defense, a reader does not simply sum up all the intense emotions and thoughts a brilliant book inflicted and provoked in himself. So please forgive me if you don’t find this review helpful at all.

The Boleyn King easily became one of my favorite debuts & books this year and when I discovered the sequel would also be pub
Looking back I LOVED the first book because of how mesmerizing the idea of this trilogy was. To answer one of MANY questions in history and one of the biggest one of all:


The first book for someone like me who has a weird fascination with Henry VIII and his story and each of his wives fates was brilliantly written. I loved these new fictional characters that were created and it delivered.

This book was a great delivery as well a
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in this series and it was just as good if not better than the first!!! Loved it and recommend it to any fan of the Tudors!!! Really can not wait for the final book!!! 5 BIG stars for this one!!!
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley, ebook
The Boleyn Deceit is the second book in the trilogy written by Laura Anderson. It is an alternative history assuming Henry and Anne's son, William, survived to become king.

This installment picks up right where The Boleyn King ended. The four friends have tangled quite a web: William is in love with Minuette and has promised to marry her. Now, he doesn't really ask her if she also loves him but assumes that she would want to be queen. Dominic is also in love with Minuette and it turns out that s
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
These aren't working for me at all and I did a lot of skipping, just want to get the last one finished...guess Im in the minority with all those high ratings out there.
Oh well..:(
Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
4.5 stars I am in love with this trilogy! It's astonishing to remember that William and Minuette and Dominic weren't real people. They are written so convincingly, with such passion and character, that they leap off the page and feel as wholly realized as Elizabeth or Henry VIII himself. I'm actually sad they aren't real! This reads like some of the finest historical fiction despite the alternate timeline; the period details and political machinations at court are as vivid and lifelike as the ac ...more
3.5 stars

The second book in the Boleyn King trilogy, for some reason was not as good as the first one, but I still enjoyed it and want to read the third one.

I think it was the love triangle that bothered me, because I didn't feel anyone's feelings towards the other, and it did take a big part in the book.

As for the "what if" history, the book ends in 1555, William is still alive, is Mary ever going to be Queen? Northumberland is in the Tower, two years after the real Northumberland was supposed
It's a real shame; I loved the time period, loved the concept of the alternative history.
But Minuette, a Mary Sue if I ever read one, smashed all of those notions to bits. Guess it really was too good to be true.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
FIRST THOUGHTS: The tension is through the bloody roof right now!! But seriously, Andersen spins such a delicately crafted tale of subterfuge and emotion, once again drawing readers into the tempestuous, traitorous world of the Holy Quartet.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Four stars: An entertaining, well researched book that presents and alternate course in history.

Henry IX, William, the son of the infamous Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, is the royal heir to the throne of England. At eighteen, he is one of the most powerful men in Europe. Yet he is surrounded by treachery and deceit as those around him try and usurp his power. The country is still squabbling over religious differences, thanks to his father and his lustful desires. The loyal Catholics still believe
Natasha Hurwitch
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, of course I had to keep reading the trilogy after I started the first one! The plot thickens in this book, and it was just as amazing and thrilling as both the first book and the first time I read it. I am so excited to read the third one now!
The only reason this book doesn't have five stars is because it is still, to me, geared towards a mildly younger, or inexperienced, audience. That being said, it is still wonderfully crafted and often has me confusing actual period history and this a
The second in a trilogy proposing an alternate history where Anne Boleyn didn't miscarry in 1536 and instead gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Thus leading to the reign of Henry IX after his father's death. It's an interesting exercise to wonder what if when it comes to key moments in history and I'm really enjoying this premise about a son from Anne Boleyn. Even if you're not a history buff, this series is proving rather entertaining as a work of historical fiction. ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good second installment in the trilogy. We really get to know Dominic more in this one. The twisty court intrigue is head spinning. If this is really how the court games were played, I’d have been in big trouble. On to the next one....
3.5 stars. Not as good as the first because it was a bit longer than it needed to be. Also a bit too much emphasis on the love triangle (and once again, not enough on Elizabeth, imo). But still enjoyable, with good, engaging writing and a good feel for the period and I'm going to continue on to the third book to wrap it all up. ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, reviewed
The second in a series of “alternate” reality history fictions, Anne Boleyn was able to deliver a male heir to her beheading-happy Henry VIII. While I hadn’t read the first in this series, this story wasn’t horribly difficult to understand, although some recurring characters and the odd faux-historical events will prove stumbling blocks for those familiar with their Tudors. I will admit that I am not a fan of the comparisons to works by Philippa Gregory, this author has managed to insert a wild ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off--and this is very important--you really need to read The Boleyn King before you read this book. This is not the kind of series where you can just pick up wherever and start really need to read it from the beginning. I would also suggest, if you read The Boleyn King some time ago, re-reading it to refresh some of the details.

I say this not as a criticism, but as a fact. As this is the second book in a trilogy, the first book really is necessary for all the background infor
Laurel Bradshaw
I am continuing to enjoy this series very much. As I think I said in my review of The Boleyn King, I wasn't sure I would like the alternate history angle, but it is very well done. The political background is familiar, but the characters are new, so you don't know from history what is going to happen. The Boleyn King was almost a coming of age story - William comes into his majority, but is still very much dependent on his circle of childhood friends, Minuette, Dominic, and his sister Elizabeth. ...more
Patty Mccormick
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Today we have one of my new favorites in Tudor fiction. This is a new release. It will be released on November 12,2013. I had been looking forward to reading this book, because I read Laura’s first book the Boleyn King and I enjoyed that one. I think that this book is even better than the first book in the series. I reviewed the first book a while ago. The idea of a fictional Boleyn King grew on me with this book. It seemed such a startling idea to change history at first. I have now gotten over ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book! This is the second book in a trilogy, which I didn’t realize until I started reading it…but Laura Andersen does a great job of explaining what’s happening, so I had no problem getting into the story and loving the characters even though I hadn’t read the first book. (though I will probably go back and read the first book soon just to get even more detail on the characters)
This is a story about what it might have been like had Anne Boleyn had a son to be heir to the King
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I picked this book up without realizing it was the second in a trilogy. I read reviews of the first book to make sure to get up to speed. In this word King Henry the VIII's wife Anne Boleyn had a son who lived. William is now of age and has taken the throne.

He is close with his sister Elizabeth, her maid Minuette and his adviser Dominic. William intends to marry Minuette but does not realize Dominic has the same intentions. William outwardly is betrothed to a politically beneficial woman who wil
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked from book #1, so I knew I'd be reading the next one. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one, probably because the novelty had worn off. There are so many characters who are called more than one name (Duke of ...... as well as Lord so and so . . . as well as their given names) that I wished I had a "cast of characters" at the beginning to refer to, to remind me who was whom. Maybe the print copy does have that, but the kindle version does not. Suggestion for future editions!!

I fe
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book through a GoodReads First Reads giveaway, and what an amazing read it was!

I read The Boleyn King (the first book in this series) before starting The Boleyn Deceit, and I loved it. I daresay this installment of the trilogy is even better than the first! The story continues very shortly after the the events of The Boleyn King, and the author once again does a marvelous job of weaving together fact and fiction. This is a real page-turner full of politic
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your a fan of historical fiction and you've yet to prance upon this gem then, let me tell you: you're missing out. This trilogy has quickly become a dear favourite of mine. The storyline is fluid and consistent, and is contextually realistic. Like the predecessor, this book retains it's ability to transport the reader back into the "Elizabethan" era (quite ironic, considering the tale).

I still love William's character, despite his faults. He is very much a parallel of his father, in reign and
Sofia Lazaridou
The book didn't have the same appeal as The Bolyen king did. I thought more than once to stop reading it but I kept reading with the hope that things were going to get better.

The William-Minuette-Dominic triangle was simply tiring. Honestly I hadn't realized how strong were Minuette's feelings for Dominic. They were deeper and fierce than I thought. I can't forgive easily William for his slip.

As for Elisabeth I want more of her story. In reality she was the queen and a great one so I don't that
Nancy Brady
Full disclosure: I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

The second book in this alternative history series features a Tudor king, William, his sister Elizabeth, and friends Minuette, and Dominic. Intrigue and machinations abound as the king hides his true intentions from his nearest and dearest friends as well as his enemies. He isn't the only one as Minuette, Dominic, and Elizabeth all keep their secrets closely guarded. Fictional characters are intertwined with historical figures making
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to have won an advance proof of The Boleyn Deceit from Random House. Power, mystery, intrigue, and a love triangle. What more could you ask for? I somehow missed The Boleyn King, but I found this book to be entirely readable on its own. Once I started, I did not want to put it down. I understand that it is a trilogy and to be continued; however, the book just seemed to stop. I would have given it five stars if most of the situations in the book had been resolved a little more. ...more
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Laura Andersen has one husband, four children, and a college degree in English that she puts to non-profitable use by reading everything she can lay her hands on. Books, shoes, and travel are her fiscal downfalls, which she justifies because all three ‘take you places.’ She loves the ocean (but not sand), forests (but not camping), good food (but not cooking), and shopping (there is no downside.) ...more

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