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Kings And Queens

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Terry Tyler’s seventh novel is a romantic drama spanning the years 1971 – 2007, with an unusual echo from history …

"KINGS AND QUEENS" tells of the life and loves of charismatic Harry Lanchester, which just happen to mirror the story of Henry VIII and his six wives. All the passion and suspense of the Tudor court, but set in modern times.

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Kindle Edition, 428 pages
Published April 24th 2014 by Cranium X
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Zoe Saadia
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Commanding nothing more than the average knowledge on Henry VIII and the somewhat scandalous marital history surrounding this particular ruler, I picked Kings and Queens mainly because I've been enjoying this author's other novels. It was a strange idea to me - a modern-day parallel on the famous life of a powerful man quite a few centuries removed. Yet, I figured that the book would be enjoyable anyway, because I loved this author's style, no matter the subject.

Well, what a surprise!
An avid re
Cathy Ryan
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel promises to be uniquely different in its concept and delivery. And actually, that promise is fulfilled…in spades. The storyline and characters very artfully parallel the life and times of Henry VIII in a modern day setting.

Handsome and charming, Harry Lanchester makes his first appearance as a sixteen year old wannabe rock star and his story is told initially from the viewpoint of Harry’s best friend, Will. Thereafter we see Harry through the eyes of each of his wives in turn, combin
Liza Perrat
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kings and Queens by Terry Tyler is a unique and highly entertaining story that brings to life Henry VIII and his six wives via a contemporary setting. Through a clever storyline, each well-drawn character parallels the life and times of this infamous historical ruler. Each of the six wives were so different, and totally modern, whilst being the perfect reflection of her historical counterpart.

I really enjoyed how the multiple viewpoints gave me the opportunity to see Harry Lanchester (Henry VIII
Shaz Goodwin
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kings and Queens is a very cleverly crafted story. It brings Henry VIII into the modern world in the form of Harry Lanchester and the property empire he inherits.

Narrated by the wives and also interspersed with Will's (Harry's best friend) narration we're taken from 1971 when 16 year old Harry becomes the heir, through to a wonderful scene in 2007 seen through the eyes of Will.

At first, I was looking for correlations and compared the wives and other family members to Henry VIII's life but I beco
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With Kings and Queens, Terry Tyler has created a rather intriguing story of a family with interesting parallels to Henry VIII and his wives. Kings and Queens is an entertaining and gripping read with all too real characters. Terry Tyler carefully lets her characters evolve – a true art. I was drawn into the story right away, feeling like a close observer. I didn’t really like Harry – and I feel good about it: He is masterly portrayed as a despicable person – at least from my point of view. All o ...more
Kristal & Charmaine
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***4+ Stars***

There was the promise that this novel would be something different. That it would entwine the story of Henry VIII and our (by comparison) very modern current day world. I knew that if it was done well I was going to absolutely be absorbed by it. I also knew that if Terry Tyler wrote the characters in this book nearly as well as she had done in the past books of hers
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kings and Queens is essentially a modern-day retelling of the romantic life of King Henry VIII. Focusing on the life of 'Harry Lanchester', begrudging heir to the family property empire 'Lanchester Estates', and 'serial husband'.

Yaaaawn!!! I hated history at school (there's just such a lot of it!!) and reciting all the 'Bred, Wed and Dead' of the Royal family on a muggy Wednesday afternoon in the early '90's was, to me, akin to watching grass grow....

But - I do like Terry Tyler, she is an autho
Barb Taub
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I never know what to expect when I read one of Terry Tyler’s books. Oh, I know that it will be well-written and entertaining. But each one is a discovery—a new genre, new voice, new format. Even knowing this, I was completely unprepared for Kings and Queens. Quite simply, it is a five-star tour de force.

We’ve all seen the odd historical figure, Shakespearean drama, or even beloved literary icons like Mr. Darcy brought into modern settings. It’s fun to see their familiar stories play out against
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received my copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Kings and Queens was my very first Terry Tyler novel but it definitely won't be the last! Kings and Queens tells the story of Harry Lanchester, property developing magnate, whose life is very similar Henry VIII, except he lives in modern times. Kings and Queens begins in the 70's when Harry is a teenager and runs all the way through to 2007. I'm a big fan of Henry VIII novels, such as The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, s
Debbie Young
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having enjoyed the other Terry Tyler novels that I've read, I was intrigued by the premise of this one: rewriting the tale of Henry VIII and his six wives as if it was taking place in the modern era. She also dethrones him, making him a property magnate instead of a regal one, and follows his story from just before his first marriage to his last. Although we all know the history, at least in outline form, this makes for a compelling, thought-provoking story which had me gripped from start to fin ...more
Judith Barrow
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I only discovered Terry Tyler’s novels last year, they are true page-turners and I’ve enjoyed each one. This book, Kings and Queens, is both a family saga and a clever contemporary take on history; Harry Lanchester lives a hedonistic life that, in many ways, parallels that of Henry VIII. He might not order the death of his wives and lovers but they are just as easily discarded, he is portrayed as a patriarch and is at the centre of his world. And that world is filled with everything that makes u
Luccia Gray
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved the unique premise of Kings and Queens. It is an original take on the Tudors by transferring Henry VIII and his court to contemporary England. It tells the story of the life and loves of Harry Lanchester, who has a successful property developing company, Lanchester Estates, in the south of England. It was fun working out who the contemporary characters might have been in Tudor England, and watching how the author adapts them and their circumstances to recent times.
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Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I read a book that makes me think ‘I wish I’d thought of that!’ ‘Kings and Queens’ is a wonderful, clever book that brings the infamous history of Henry VIII and his many wives into modern times, detailing the life and loves of Harry Lanchester as he unexpectedly inherits control of his father’s company.
This is a real page turner with realistically drawn characters that hold your attention through every marriage, affair, dodgy deal and tragedy. The multiple viewpoints work really well
Rosie Amber
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kings and Queens is a modern day take on the life of Henry VIII. Beginning in the 1970's Harry Lanchester becomes heir to his father's business after his older brother is killed in an accident. With his father passing away soon after, Harry becomes Chairman and Managing Director of the firm at the age of 18 years.

Terry Tyler had great fun with the character names, Harry's first wife is Cathy Ferdinand and there are lots of other names which had me checking the history books to see how clever Te
Shelley Wilson
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read by Terry Tyler and for the second time she had me captivated from start to finish.
The story of Henry VIII is well known, but how Terry weaves her story into the Tudor history is pure genius.
The story is narrated by Harry's many wives and his best friend, giving a powerful insight into the main character.
The ending had me in tears! Looking forward to the sequel.
Stacey Vidal
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I cannot even describe how much I loved this book! As a fan of King Henry and the Tudors, I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Told with a modern twist, this is an absolute must read!!
Carrie Lahain
I was very much looking forward to Terry Tyler's re-envisioning of the story of King Henry the VIII and his six wives--the original dysfunctional family! Tyler has gift for presenting "big themes" in a fresh, contemporary style that keeps readers turning the pages. KINGS AND QUEENS, an ambitious undertaking, largely delivers what it promises--a tense family drama populated by complicated and uniquely flawed human beings.

Harry Lanchester is a wealthy property developer in the south of England. Ty
Geoffrey West
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is quite a departure for Ms Tyler, in that her books up to now have been pure fiction. Kings and Queens is also, of course fiction, but her imagination has weaved a fascinating network of criss-crossing ideas leaping across 500 years, creating the concept of ‘King’ Harry Lanchester and his trials and tribulations, comparing these with the life and loves of bluff King Hal.
In less experienced hands, this idea could have been a fiasco, but Ms Tyler’s treatment has produced results which are s
J.D. Hughes
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
What to say? Not my preferred genre at all, but having read and greatly enjoyed both ‘Dream On’ and ‘Full Circle’ by the prolific Ms Tyler, I decided to give ‘Kings and Queens’ a go, not least because I have an interest in English history and was fascinated by the idea of a contemporary novel based upon Henry VIII and his multiple wives.

I had a notion that I was going to hate it.

I’ve read fiction that sticks to the narrative of past events in a current setting faithfully and usually found them e
Valerie Poore
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In another lifetime many moons ago, I was a history student, and the reign of Henry VIII was 'my period'. I have to say that leaving aside the rather more gruesome disposal of his many wives, the story Terry Tyler has woven has very recognisable parallels with that of the Tudor king. It is so cleverly done, and her depiction of the character of each of the six women in the modern day Harry Lanchester's life leaves you in no doubt that had Henry VIII been alive today, this would have been both hi ...more
N.A. Granger
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Terry Tyler’s book, Kings and Queens, is a fast-paced romp through the life of England’s Henry VIII, but set in modern times with modern characters. For anyone who knows the story of Henry’s six wives (divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived) and for those with a wicked enjoyment of the foibles of historical figures, this book roars.
Even if you are not a fan of English history and know nothing of the metaphors and references the author has slyly inserted into the story, this book
Wendy Janes
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
While still in his teens, charismatic Harry Lanchester inherits the family business and marries his late brother’s girlfriend. He relishes the power, and is determined to build up the company and have a son who will eventually succeed him. What Harry wants, Harry gets, so when his first wife doesn’t produce a male heir he takes drastic action to achieve his goal. The stage is set for this inventive modern-day re-imagining of the story of Henry VIII and his six wives.

Narrated via alternating chap
C.L.R. Dougherty
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kings and Queens
By Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler delivers the story promised in the product description, spiced with her own brand of humor in the telling. While the main thrust of the story is well known, she threw in enough twists to keep it interesting. Being somewhat constrained as to the plot, she used some ironic juxtapositions of the characters and their traits to keep me guessing.

I've enjoyed several of her books, and I confess that I wondered how she would fare with this one. I needn't have wo
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've never been a big fan of historical fiction but the story of the Tudors is one that I know and enjoy. Terry Tyler has brilliantly recreated the story in a contemporary setting. Every character in the story of King Henry VIII - here the charismatic Harry Lanchester who unexpectedly inherits the family's property company - has a modern-day counterpart. The story unfolds over thirty-five years from the early seventies to the late noughties, each era brilliantly evoked with wonderful authentic d ...more
Vanessa Wester
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This book is intense!

For anyone who has watched series like Dallas, Dynasty, The Colbys or Falcon Crest (yes, I admit it - I have) this brought back so many memories! My grandmother was obsessed and I remember coming home from school and watching Falcon Crest with her, or when I was sick watching Dynasty. Dallas was much discussed at school! Yes, I am going back approx 30 years!

There was something about characters like Joan Collins, who nearly slept with her son and seduced anyone in sight that
Cynthia Harrison
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read every one of Terry Tyler's novels and each has been a lovely retreat. Her prose is effortless, lifting off the page and grabbing readers by the shirt. She never tells the same story twice, doesn't rely on formula, tries new things and yet her style and voice are unmistakable. Kings and Queens is so different, so good, I had to force myself to slow down and spend a few days with it. Tyler writes intelligent page-turners. I could have gobbled this one up, but chose to read slow and deep. ...more
Elizabeth Lloyd
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Despite having already discovered that Terry Tyler is an excellent novelist I had a slight resistance to reading “Kings and Queens.” The idea of a contemporary parallel to the life of Tudor King Henry VIII was superb, but could it be achieved without too much awkwardly contrived plotting? Yes!

All the significant players in the life of Henry VIII feature in Terry’s story but she adapts the circumstances of each marriage to the context of its late 20th century era. Children are born, there are div
Elaine Jeremiah
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a slow burner for me. I felt it took a while to get going, in terms of the action unfolding. But once it did the story pulled me along and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I thought the idea of updating the story of Henry 8th and his six wives to modern day Britain was ingenious. The story begins in the seventies when Harry Lanchester takes over the running of the family business when his father dies. Tyler goes on to tell the tale of Harry and his succession of wives and mistresses in a sa
Georgia Rose
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. The whole idea was well thought out and executed by Tyler with it being a modern day story based on Henry VIII and his wives but with enough differences for it to still have individuality. For someone like me who has a rather tenuous grip on historical facts there were enough links through the names used and the happenings in the politics of the modern day office to see the relationship between the two stories and I thought the prog ...more
Sandra Danby
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is the first novel by Terry Tyler that I have read. It is the rollicking story of property developer Harry Lanchester. A property developer you may think, hardly your usual hero type? But he is not just any Harry, he is King Henry VIII updated to modern times. I started reading this after a heavyweight novel and being in need of light refreshment, and had already started then discarded one book on my Kindle after two pages. This provided the page-turner my weary brain required, the story ra ...more
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