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Court of Conspiracy

(The Tudor Enigma #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  7 reviews

Book one of The Tudor Enigma

England is the prize. The death of a young king is the price.

King Henry IX, son of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, holds the very balance of European power in his Protestant hands. His numerous Catholic enemies have cast greedy eyes upon his crown and will stop at nothing to usurp the throne.

An unassuming apothecary in the Outer Green of Hampton

ebook, 100 pages
Published May 26th 2014 by Carina Press
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Stuart Aken
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
April Taylor’s Court of Conspiracy is the first in her series, The Tudor Enigma. This fascinating alternative history fantasy is crime novel set in a Tudor England where Henry VIII’s son by Ann Boleyn, Henry IX, is on the throne. Much of the action takes place in and around Hampton Court Palace. It’s clear that the location is very well known by the author, who makes the place live with her subtle descriptive passages intertwined in the action.

Her hero, Luke Ballard, is an apothecary; a mix bet
Terry Tyler
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this or not - a mix of Tudor history and fantasy/magic? I was pleased to find that it was excellent, and I read it in two days!

The author clearly knows her subjects very well indeed, which always makes such a difference. The history itself is detailed and accurate, and I very much liked the accounts of the day to day domestic life of the period. I'm fascinated by the thought of possible alternative lives, and the idea of what might have happened had Henry VII
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Court of Conspiracy is a mix of history, alternate history, magic and mystery. Set in the court of Henry IX, son of Henry VII and Ann Boleyn the main character is Luke Ballard, a man who has the ability to do magic. He is outside the court and Ann chooses him to help stop whoever is trying to kill Henry. The story requires a lot of world building, and character development to move the plot. This is the first in a series and the stage is set for more of Luke and the other characters that support ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Are the Tudors a thing now? I’m only asking because this is the second series to use the conceit that Anne Boleyn did not miscarry her son, and that Henry IX is now on the throne. (For the other take, see Laura Andersen’s The Boleyn King, which I absolutely have to read).

In Court of Conspiracy, we have a 17-year-old Henry IX on the throne of England, with his very much living mother Anne Boleyn as one of his advisers. (If she had provided Henry VIII with a
Linda Acaster
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A gripping and fascinating read of an extension to a turbulent period of Tudor history (Alternate Historical Mystery).

The depth of April Taylor’s research is in no doubt – even the plants the apothecary Luke Ballard collects and mixes were used as remedies for the ailments and conditions described – but it is all highly accessible to a reader with little knowledge of the period. The royal apartments, the maze of corridors, halls and chambers of Hampton Court Palace, its myriad minions necessary
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
excellent alternate Tudor mystery!

An alternate Tudor universe where Anne Boleyn is very much alive and the Queen Mother. Henry VIII has died and their son Henry IX is King. Anne holds at bay those who would attempt to rule via the young monarch. Now though the very life of the young king has been threatened three times. Anne must 'plot her strategy and make England, and the King, safe.'
Luke Ballard is chosen to ensure that. Although a lowly apothecary, Luke is so much more. An elemancer, a user
Nicole Luiken
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I've had an interest in the Tudors ever since reading The Six Wives of Henry VIII in junior high, so when I found out someone had written an alternate history in which Anne Boleyn outlived her husband and had a son I jumped on it. The main character is Luke, an apothecary charged by the queen to uncover a conspiracy to kill young Henry IX. Luke is also, secretly, an elemancer and there's a strong thread of magic running through the novel. The history was well-done and the magic interesting (espe ...more
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Author of The Tudor Enigma series. High Treason in an alternate Tudor universe.

Other books in the series

The Tudor Enigma (3 books)
  • Taste of Treason (The Tudor Enigma, #2)
  • Mantle of Malice (The Tudor Enigma, #3)