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Mantle of Malice

(The Tudor Enigma #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  9 reviews
England’s infant heir has been kidnapped, and there’s only one man who can find him.

Luke Ballard has dedicated his talents—and his life—to protecting the throne. As Henry IX’s Privy Inquirer and Dominus Elemancer, his loyalty is no longer in question. But when Queen Madeline’s coronation is interrupted with the news that Arthur, the baby Prince of Wales, has been abducted,
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published February 23rd 2015 by Carina Press
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Terry Tyler
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, she's done it - the third episode of the Tudor Enigma trilogy is by far the best of the three! I loved it, and read it in just two days.

This third book has all the elements that made Court of Conspiracy and Taste of Treason so good, but so much more, too. The series takes place in an parallel world in which Anne Boleyn carried Henry VIII's son to full term and they stayed married; Henry IX is now on the throne. Much though I've loved the story lines of the other two books, about apothecary
Oct 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Tudor mystery with Anne Bolyen's son as King Henry IX. So like The Boleyn King, Anne manages to keep her head and produce a male heir.

This alternate-history see the kidnapping of the heir to the throne in a plot to put Mary Tudor on the throne.

Unfortunately, I really couldn't get into this one - maybe if I had read the first two .... maybe
Penny Grubb
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third of April Taylor’s Tudor Enigma series and a worthy successor to the first two. In this book, Taylor really stretches her wings and takes us into a wider Tudor world, bringing in more of the characters familiar to anyone who has brushed up against this much-studied period of history.

Having thwarted all attempts to dispose of the king's wife, Queen Madeleine, before she could produce a child, Henry IX’s enemies now turn their attention to his son and heir. The child is kidnapped
Annemarie Macken
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was something of a welcome and unexpected surprise. Before reading, I was unsure what to expect: a kind of parallel universe, taking on an unknown world, one in which Anne Boleyn was never executed and, instead, remained queen and outlived Henry VIII, with their son, Henry IX now reigning supreme - was this something worth reading? I had some doubts and uncertainties prior to turning the first page. What awaited me was definitely worth exploring I found.
A world of intrigue and devilry,
Stuart Aken
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mantle of Malice is the third book in the Tudor Enigma series, and, having read them all, I’d say it’s the best so far. In this alternative fantasy history, the main protagonist, Luke Ballard, has matured and grown in wisdom and experience. That’s not to say he no longer makes mistakes or has somehow overcome his personal flaws, but he has a greater personal history from which to make his judgments.

The writing is clean and tight and so well-seated in the period that the reader is never jerked
Linda Acaster
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book 3 in the Tudor Enigma, the alternate history mystery where Anne Boleyn kept her head by providing Henry VIII the male heir he was so desperately craved, and the magic and mysticism believed in the period is a fact.

Henry IX is on the throne and his consort Madeleine has provided the much needed male heir. All is right in the world... except that during her coronation their child is abducted. Who would have England brought to its knees? Are the catholic kingdoms of mainland Europe conspiring
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
...sinister plots, magic and alternate history!

Once more Luke Ballard, Privy Inquirer to Henry IX and a Dominus Elemancer, battles the powers of the Custodes Tenebris, magical forces of evil seeking to control England. Even as Queen Madeline is being crowned dark forces kidnap baby Arthur, the Prince of Wales and future king.
Those same dark powers seek to isolate Luke and cut off the support of his friends and associates.
Rob and Alys are dragged away to the tower. Master Dufay and the dowager
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Prince Arthur, son of King Henry IX and Queen Madeline, grandson of Anne of Boleyn, has been kidnapped. King Henry puts apothecary and elemancer Luke Ballard on the case. Unbeknownst to most, there is also a plot to destroy Luke. As the mystery deepens, Luke falls for a beautiful young woman who happens to have been in the nursery when Prince Arthur was kidnapped. But Luke's friends do not like her and suspect foul play in this budding romance. Will Luke and his friends be able to find Prince ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Once again Luke is called on to solve a mystery. The price if he does not could be his head. There is a new plot and new characters who want to get rid of Henry the IX and his Mother Ann. What is different this time is that it is obvious that Luke is under some kind of spell. Everyone around him sees it but he refuses to listen. It takes time, travel and many hurt feelings before he comes to his senses and solves the mystery.

Look for new directions for some of the side characters. There is also
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