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Fatal Throne

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,624 ratings  ·  415 reviews
Fatal Throne, a book about Henry VIII and his six wives, coordinated by Candace Fleming. Fleming and six other authors will each contribute a story from different points of view: M.T. Anderson, Jennifer Donnelly, Stephanie Hemphill, Deborah Hopkinson, Linda Sue Park, and Lisa Ann Sandell.
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Published May 1st 2018 by Schwartz & Wade
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Alienne There might be a smidge too much sex for middle schoolers! Kat Howard's section in particular gets a little graphic.

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Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This advance reader copy was provided by publisher Random House via NetGalley.

First and foremost, this is a Young Adult genre novel, so I am rating it as such.

This is a fictionalized narrative told in the first person by each of King Henry VIII's six wives. Immediately following each wife's account is Henry VIII's point of view. Out of the many Tudor tomes I've read, I don't ever recall a book structured in this way. Not only did I find this compelling, but it was a clever touch to have Henry's
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am impressed. The title of this work makes it sound trashier and gushier than it is. Even though it’s no "Wolf Hall," the writing in "Fatal Throne" is strong and sophisticated, albeit not uniformly so. This book is assembled of 8 perspectives (Henry Viii, his wives and then Elizabeth I telling their personal stories) all written by different YA authors, most writers of the highest acclaim. The real standouts are Jennifer Donnelly’s Anna of Cleves and Linda Sue Park’s Catherine Howard.

Hardly an
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A YA historical fiction book, Fatal Throne was a highly interesting read. I’ve always had a interest in King Henry VIII- especially books, movies and shows that depict his somewhat scandalous life. Best known for his six marriages, Fatal Throne is broken into sections-each wife telling her own story, followed by King Henry’s own interpretation. Recommended to readers that enjoy YA historical fiction.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite Tudor books ever. It made me interested beyond Anne Boleyn! Each author writes a different "character" - and they are all so, so rewarding and wonderful.

Fleming's Katharine of Aragon is pious and understandable. M. T. Anderson's Henry VIII is wonderfully insane yet lovable. His Elizabeth, though brief, is beautiful and strong. Hemphill's Anne Boleyn is a classic mean girl - certainly not my favorite telling of Anne, but wonderful nonetheless. Sandell's Jane Seymour is
Jen Ryland
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun premise - each chapter is from the perspective of one of Henry VIII's wives, and each is by a different YA author. I learned a lot about the lesser-known wives! I wasn't as much of a fan of Henry's perspective and question whether it was needed, but overall I really enjoyed this one!

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Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
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****Thank you to Random House Children’s for sending me this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****

This review is going to be a lot shorter than usual since this is an anthology and it’s a retelling of historical figures and events. There isn’t really a whole lot to discuss!

This was an okay book, not terribly bad but not terribly good either.I did enjoy reading it, just not as much as I originally thought I would. I don’t think I
Lauren Elise
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I have received a copy of this book through a giveaway hosted by the publisher. This has not affected my rating or review in any way.

I'm not sure if this can be counted as a novella bindup (it's more like a collection of short stories) but I'm going to be using my novella bindup review format.

Katharine of Aragon: TBD
Anne Boelyn: TBD
Jane Seymour: TBD
Anna of Cleves: TBD
Catherine Howard: TBD
Kateryn Parr: TBD

Overall: TBD
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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Wow, I had no idea how much I would freaking love reading about Henry VIII's wives, their struggles, and his deplorable behavior. I cheered for the women, whose lives were often hell, and I jeered Henry at every turn (seriously, most of my Kindle notes are along the lines of "why is he the actual worst?" and "who let this asshole rule a country, should have shot him instead"). And it is
Fatal Throne is perfect for those just beginning to read about Henry VIII and his six wives. Each queen details and summarizes important periods in their life and individual downfalls. The accounts are simplistic and easy to read. After telling their stories, Henry has to get the last word and plays the victim in some form each time.

For those who are already well read on the Tudors, this book offers nothing new. What I did like, however, is that unlike some of the run-of-the-mill Tudor books—we
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I get a chance to read about the infamous king or, even better, his (in)famous wives, I jump at the chance. I like how the authors wrote not only from Henry's perspective but from the viewpoint of each wife as well. Of course, there is no certain way to know EXACTLY what was going through each one's mind, but I surely enjoyed the ride. This book is one that I found myself glued to and did not want to put down. It flowed very well and I discovered that I was quickly turning the page to ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost 3.5 or 4, but the editors made sloppy mistakes & critical omissions. Ex: p. 359: 1846-1847 [A.D.], instead of 1546-1547; p. 373: we’re told that Kateryn Parr died of puerperal fever, which most YA readers (and older ones, I’d venture) would not know about or understand, especially since we’re not told that she married Seymour after Henry’s death, got pregnant, and died shortly after having a daughter; p. 380: Henry VIII ruled England a few months shy of 38 years, not “almost thirty-si ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing you might realise about this book is that there are many authors. This is one of the core aspects of the book that attracted me. This book is a story of Henry VIII and his six wives. Each wife narrates the story of her life in her own chapter and each chapter is written by a different author. Interspersed between each queen’s tale is Henry VIII’s narration. While the book is generally categorised as YA historical fiction, I enjoyed it immensely as a non-YA reader.

I personally do
Audrey Laurey
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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It's always a nice feeling when you hit September and read one of your favorite books of the year! Fatal Throne was fantastic and I couldn't tear myself away. Henry VIII and his 6 wives all have their own distinct voice and story, written by different authors. Anne of Cleves is my favorite, who is yours?
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall Rating: 3 stars

Katharine of Aragon: ⭐ ⭐⭐ This chapter provided a succinct, broad overview of Katharine’s life but her story seemed rushed. In my opinion, Fleming’s chapter would have been the most challenging to write. Katharine lived the longest of the six queens. I’m not sure that any writer would be able to do her story justice and cram sufficient detail to describe 50 years of life into 56 pages. While Fleming’s account of Katharine was brief, she thoroughly researched Katharine’s
Fantastic collection of stories written from the perspective of each of King Henry VIII's six wives, along with rebuttal from Henry (written by M.T. Anderson) to each of them. Also includes a timeline and cast of characters. Perfect reading level and amount of content for teen readers.

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A spontaneous purchase at the train station bookstore, I was immersed in the lives of Tudor England and Henry and his wives. A YA version of Wolf Hall but with all the wives.
Lacey D-Bell
I liked some of the stories, but not all of them. Because each wife was only granted 50 pages, each wife’s story was rushed. The whole thing felt a tad disjointed.
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I am a bit if a history buff, so I do at times like to dive into a story set way back when.

The title, though accurate, does make this sound a bit like a Jackie Collins style novel - which it isn't!

History has proven what an abhorrent man Henry VIII was to his wives. This fictionalised, first person POV by each of Henry's wives drew us a vivid picture of their lives, their loves and their destinies. I felt it made the more human to me, rather than j
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
That was great! I have this strange obsession with Anne Boleyn so I fully expected to check out after her story and struggle through the remainder of the book. Not at all! Each viewpoint was so captivating and I felt like I got to know each queen (even if they don't hold a candle to my main girl).

Kudos to the writing for Anna of Cleves. She has never interested me since she didn't stick around for long, but her point of view in this book was fascinating. I never really thought about how she was
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
So good! And so painful to read *sobs*
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY loved this! It's a nice overview of each wife, though I could have done without the Henry parts because honestly? Don't care. But seriously, so great.
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
When I'm really stressed I return to Tudor fiction/non-fiction. God knows why, it's not exactly a peaceful era.

This is a pretty unique presentation of Henry VIII and his six wives. A different author for each wife, and commentary by Henry (also by a different author) in between. This book is interesting in that I feel like I grows in quality as you read, largely due to its structure. Catherine of Aragon's chapter is very, very standard for how she tends to be portrayed in historical fiction. An
As is the case for many readers, I have long been intrigued by the Tudor period of British history and the large personalities that seemed to populate those times. The beautiful book cover and title are perfect for its contents as assuming the throne of England as queen was, indeed, fatal for more than one woman, resulting in execution or banishment after the king tired of his bride. What makes this book particularly unique and compelling is how each of the six wives of Henry VIII has her story ...more
Ashley Hoover
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Going between 3.5 stars and 4 stars, this book was enjoyable and well written. I would highly recommend this to anyone starting off in the Tudor dynasty as it is an excellent beginners book looking into the wives of Henry VIII. It does not go into much detail into the lives of each wife, which is to be expected as a short story anthology. New stories have each of the queens mottos separating them and each are ended by a short story from the view point of Henry talking about each of them. I found ...more
Apr 16, 2018 added it
"The wives of Henry VIII tell all." I loved this book! Candace Fleming asked her favorite YA authors to each take on a wife to tell her version of her own story. M.T. Anderson speaks as Henry VIII after each wife. All the wives' stories are compelling, but a special shoutout to Jennifer Donnelly for actually making Anne of Cleves (wife #4) interesting, and, wow, Linda Sue Park does an amazing job with Catherine Howard (wife #5). Brava, ladies!
Mary Flynn
If you're fairly familiar with the wives of Henry VIII, this won't be super gripping. The wives' sections ultimately rehash the Important Moments of their reigns and (where applicable--which is in most cases) downfalls, and if you watched the PBS series, you probably know them all.

It's as a result of this that Henry's sections actually ended up being my favorite and the ones I found most interesting. His sections weren't focused so much on getting to the Important Events as on shaping a view of
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.25 Stars

A solid story about Henry’s wives from their POVs. While this book is categorized as a YA novel, it is still quite mature and doesn’t leave out the gory or intimate details. The Tudor period is one of my favorite points in history, and I can tell this book is well researched and generally accurate. I thought it was a great idea having different authors voice each wife, and another still for Henry himself. While I enjoyed some writers more than others, I feel like the distinct voices is
Allison Freeth
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Candace Fleming is one of my favorite children's authors, but she has also written biographies for the young adult audience. This book crosses into the adult range.... I knew virtually nothing about the wives of Henry the VIII. I loved how each wife talked from her point of view, followed by Henry's "take" on the situation. I found the Tudor Timeline extremely helpful as I tried to keep the "cast" orderly in my mind. It also gave a brief synopsis of "who's who in the court" .... crucial for some ...more
Tessa McNeice
Stumbling across this was, in a way, a pleasant surprise. That it even bothered to include a bibliography--not to mention one full of good, familiar sources--gave me a lot more hope than these sort of books usually do. However, I can't say that this book really fulfilled on the promise it made in the prologue to break these six wives out of the stereotypes they so regularly get shoved into.

To begin with, I was left with the sneaking suspicion that this book was rushed through print. Spotting a q
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
I enjoyed this book and the telling of the story of Henry VIII’s wives. Told from their POV, it was interesting to hear their side-their thoughts about their lives married to this infamous king. Anne Boleyn is my favorite and I was surprised how much I didn’t love her story in this one. In between each life, is a recollection from the king himself and how each wife deserved her fate. It was an okay read... some parts a bit boring but other that that, good stories
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