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4.82  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  30 reviews
LAST CHILD is the sequel to Kings and Queens, Terry Tyler’s modern take on the story of Henry VIII and his six wives.

Harry Lanchester is gone, his legacy passed on to his children:

Thirteen year old JASPER, who views the directors of Lanchester Estates as Harry Potter characters, and finds out that teenage love affairs are no fairytale.

ISABELLA, the eldest daughter; lonely
Kindle Edition, 363 pages
Published February 20th 2015 (first published February 20th 2014)
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Zoe Saadia
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fan of this author's books, I admit I awaited the sequel of the "King and Queens" very eagerly, snatching the 'Last Child' the moment it was out (probably on its first day). I was in the middle of another book, but I opened it for a moment, just to get a glimpse of what was ahead. Well, it was a mistake that I should have foreseen - this author's books are not the ones you can just put down and pick when it's comfortable to you. Oh no! Those books are a trap - you open it, you read it to the e ...more
Liza Perrat
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great yarn from a talented storyteller... full review to come.
Last Child is the gripping sequel to the unique and highly entertaining Kings and Queens, which I thoroughly enjoyed and reviewed here. As Kings and Queens was a modern day take on the life of Henry VIII and his six wives, through a contemporary setting, Last Child evokes the lives of his children, the Tudor descendants: Edward VI (as Jasper), Mary I (as Isabella), and Elizabeth I (as Erin), written with a fictional take that
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been hanging out to read Last Child for what feels like forever and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! Last Child is the sequel to Terry Tyler’s modern twist on Henry VIII, Kings and Queens, which I also loved when I reviewed it earlier this year. Last Child takes up where Kings and Queens ended with the death of Tyler’s modern day Henry, Harry Lanchester and tells the stories of his children, Isabella (Mary,) Erin (Elizabeth) and Jasper (Edward.) Any Tudor buffs will know that the lives o ...more
Rosie Amber
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Last Child is the much anticipated sequel to Kings and Queens. It's a modern day take of the loves and lives of The Tudor descendants of Henry VIII. Kings and Queens introduced us to Harry Lanchester, property developer and his six wives again in a mirrored modern day setting. With Last Child we read about similar mirrored lives of his children. Jasper - Edward VI, Isabella - Mary I and Erin - Elizabeth I written with a fictional take which brings these modern characters alive.

It's a stand alone
Cathy Ryan
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Following on from the impressive Kings and Queens, The Last Child tracks the fortunes of Harry Lanchester’s children, Isabella, Erin and Jasper. The narrative flows smoothly, with chapters from several of the main characters’ perspectives, each moving the story along seamlessly. Again, Terry Tyler very cleverly parallels each fascinating character with their Tudor equivalent, in a modern day setting and with her own unique interpretation.

Ex nanny, Hannah Cleveley opens the story the year after H
Lydia Thomas
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I give Last Child by Terry Tyler 4 out of 5 stars.

Although I’m giving Last Child the same rating as its prequel, Kings and Queens, I think I enjoyed this installment a little bit more.

I thoroughly enjoyed the various points of view. While Kings and Queens felt a bit like a collection of short stories with Will Brandon’s narration bridging them, Last Child felt more fluid as it shifted from character to character. Additionally, where Kings and Queens stuck with history (as much as a modern reimag
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a stomping family saga with a nod to the historical past of England which I really enjoyed. Terry Tyler has done her research very well in bringing a modern twist to the story we were all told about Henry VIII and his descendants.

I loved the way each character had a particular voice, particularly the teenage Jasper. When I read his diary I could imagine him very clearly as a teenager with all the hormones and wishes of adulthood. He was so ready to leave the confines of his Pretend Paren
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book provides a greater insight into life after Harry Lanchester's death.

With Last Child, Terry Tyler has created an excellent sequel to Kings and Queens. Harry Lanchester's death has not only affected his very different offspring; the lives of his friends and employees have changed as well. Last Child is a 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. This
Jenny Twist
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m a great fan of Terry Tyler’s books and I bought this one the moment it was available. Sadly I couldn’t read it immediately, as I had so many other commitments, but it was well worth the wait.
The next generation of the Lanchester family is just as fascinating as the previous one.
Like all Ms Tyler’s novels, this one is cleverly constructed with superb characterization, perfect pacing and flawless English. A real joy to read.
And a surprise at the end. Well, it was a surprise to me.
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Barb Taub
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Terry Tyler gave serious consideration to the Tudors’ historical makeover in her stunning novel, Kings And Queens. As I said in my review of that earlier book, what turned an interesting concept into a tour de force was that each woman told her personal story in her own unique voice. It was captivating and absolutely mesmerizing to not only see each character’s internal reasoning, but also to get a voyeur’s view of each woman through the eyes of the others.

The only problem? I wanted to know… no,
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Kings and Queens’ so was really looking forward to the sequel and ‘Last Child’ does not disappoint.
Harry Lanchester is dead, leaving behind three very different children - young Jasper, who just wants to be a teenager and, although the youngest, the heir to the Lanchester business; bitter, unhappy Isabella, still reeling from her father’s deception and abandonment of her mother; and Erin, beautiful, strong and somewhat spoilt. These three carry with them the traits of their
Vanessa Wester
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that having read Kings and Queens I was immediately drawn to read the sequel. This is the great thing about reading a book after the next one has already been written. I have on many occasions waited for the next book in a series to be sorely disappointed.

This was not the case here, and I have I say I actually enjoyed Last Child even more than reading Kings and Queens.

There are a few reasons for this. Historically, Henry VIII has always been an interesting historical characters b
G. Lawrence
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If possible, I think I enjoyed this book even more than Kings and Queens, the first book in Tyler's re-working of the lives of the Tudors. Taking the story and characters who made English history, she transports them to the modern world and allows her readers to see and also understand their stories from another angle. After reading Kings and Queens, I was keen to read the sequel, and was not disappointed.
The story centres on the next generation of the family, following the death of Harry/Henry
Elizabeth Lloyd
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After the tremendous success of Terry Tyler’s, “Kings and Queens,” set in recent times but based on the Tudor court of Henry VIII, its follow up, “Last Child,” was a treat I was looking forward to. And it doesn’t disappoint.

At the beginning of the novel we find orphaned Isabella, Erin and Jasper, the modern representations of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Edward VI living in Lanchester Hall with their stepmother Kate and her new young husband Aiden Seymour. Soon 16 year old Erin’s flirtatious
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Last Child is the sequel to Tyler’s brilliant Kings and Queens. It follows on after the death of property mogul Harry Lanchester and is full of scandal, tragedy, power, lust, greed, heartache…basically imagine if Dallas were well written!

It is written in the same style as Kings and Queens, with narratives from various key characters, and this is very cleverly done. It doesn’t consist of everyone just randomly throwing in their tuppence worth, and it isn’t repetitive at all – it’s more like each
Geoffrey West
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like I’ve said before about Terry Tyler’s books, they’re not the kind of books I normally read: not exactly chick lit, not exactly romances, not exactly conventional sagas, but often a combination of all three—in fact a genre that is uniquely her own. A genre I find I like very much indeed.
The strength of her writing is in the characters she creates and thus their consequent situations, messes and delights that inevitably result from the interaction between all kinds of people, whether the spar
Wendy Janes
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having right royally entertained us with her updated version of the life of Henry VIII in Kings and Queens, Terry Tyler now treats us to this equally satisfying sequel.

After Harry Lanchester’s death, his children - young Jasper, lonely Isabella, and beautiful, headstrong Erin - each take their turn at running his precious company, Lanchester Estates. Surrounded by advisors and hangers-on, mixing their professional and personal lives to the hilt, how successfully do they continue their father’s l
Georgia Rose
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved ‘Kings and Queens’ and have been looking forward to ‘Last Child’, the sequel, coming out, and eagerly bought it the minute it landed on Amazon.

Although this could be read as a standalone I would hugely recommend reading ‘Kings and Queens’ first not only because it is a joy to read but you will also understand the background to the legacy of Harry Lanchester, his heirs, on who this book is based much better. There is however a comprehensive introduction at the beginning of ‘Last Child’ w
Sandra Danby
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Tudor lovers will love this sequel to Terry Tyler’s popular Kings and Queens, the saga about construction magnate Harry Lanchester [Henry VIII] and his six wives. Now, Harry is dead. The King is dead, long live the king. In this case, his only son.
This book follows the tale of the three orphans and, like their Tudor namesakes – Isabella/Mary, Jaz/Edward and Erin/Elizabeth – they make a history of the 21st century kind. Adultery, boardroom betrayal, sibling arguments, sexual chemistry, this book
Shaz Goodwin
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Last Child, from the very beginning, I had forgotten about The Tudors. Totally. So much so that I tweeted Terry in shock about one character ... later that night I thought 'what are you doing? Of course you KNEW what was going to happen if not exactly how it would happen.' So even if you have no interest in history and The Tudors in particular, don't let that put you off! You also don't have to read Kings and Queens to enjoy Last Child.

Beginning in March 2008 with a narration from Hannah (bri
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't know where to start in praising this novel. I enjoyed Kings and Queens so much that I had high expectations, but Last Child exceeded them. The novel continues the modern-day reworking of the story of the Tudors with the events following the death of Harry Lanchester (Henry VIII). Like, Kings and Queens, it is told from multiple points of view and there are some wonderful characters. Each one of these characters is memorable. Jasper (Edward VI) is a spoilt, over-privileged teenage but it' ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Kings and Queens, and had been eagerly awaiting the sequel. I was not disappointed!

Last Child continues the modern day take on the Tudor Court, picking up the plot after the death of Harry Lanchester (Henry VIII). The story is told in the first person from a number of different viewpoints, and Terry does a superb job in handling all the different characters, giving each of them a compelling and authentic voice. I particularly liked the outpourings of the teenage Jaz (Edward VI), into his
Deborah Swift
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first one,Kings and Queens, but this one is superb. What Terry Tyler does really well is to get the reader into the characters' heads, and by providing us with contrasting personalities this never becomes too much. I enjoyed experiencing being the dull wife Amy, the neurotic, unbalanced Isabella and the teenage monster Jaz. And I loved them all. On the surface the characters might seem unlikeable, but I defy you not to understand their point of view, and this is what Tyler d ...more
Thorne Moore
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting and absorbing sequel to Kings and Queens, which follows the modern-day version of the lives of the children of Henry VIII – or Harry Lanchester. It veers much more from the historical parallels of the first book, especially, and in a major way, with regard to the Virgin Queen, but that is probably for the good, because real parallels can’t really transfer from Tudor England to the affairs of a 21st century property development company. (But it is amusing when parallels are dra ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down and kept snatching quick reads every time I had to do something else. The device of using historical personalities and events as the framework for the novel works really well once again. The author has used the Tudor history really effectively but makes adjustments where necessary to avoid the contemporary plot becoming strained and contrived. I loved the way the relationships between various characters were explored and evolved. The author has used her trademark re ...more
Cynthia Harrison
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great sequel to Kings and Queens. Jaz’s diary kicked off the action for me and the rest of the large cast of characters brought plenty of surprises and twists--just when I thought I knew everything. Terry Tyler does REAL love so well, there’s nothing melodramatic about her storytelling. It’s simply heartbreaking and joyful and true, like life. Although this one can stand alone, the extra bits, if you know the Tudor story and Kings & Queens, just add to the adventure.
Jennifer Ammoscato
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Last Child” is Terry Tyler’s follow-up to “Kings and Queens”, her clever retelling of the lives of the Tudors reset in modern times.

Her new novel’s titular character is Erin Lancaster, daughter of the late King Harry, a real estate titan. The novel traces her rise to the top of the company her father leaves behind after his early death, which happened at the end of the book’s predecessor.

Tyler takes us through a tale that mirrors the fate of the sixteenth century rulers of Britain: Edward IV (J
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Probably the book of the year for me, inspirational writing & a wonderful story, i have read it twice this year!
Julie (73)
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another great read by this author, a full 5 star's. Adored the ending 😀 ...more
Last Child is the gripping sequel to the unique and highly entertaining Kings and Queens, which I thoroughly enjoyed and reviewed here. As Kings and Queens was a modern day take on the life of Henry VIII and his six wives, through a contemporary setting, Last Child evokes the lives of his children, the Tudor descendants: Edward VI (as Jasper), Mary I (as Isabella), and Elizabeth I (as Erin), written with a fictional take that brings these modern characters alive.

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