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Brandon by Tony Riches
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it was ok
bookshelves: historical-fiction

This is #2 in a three-book Tudor series about Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk and close friend of King Henry VIII.

I guess this series is NOT intended to be read consecutively. Because it appears wholesale chunks of copy have simply been lifted from #1 and stuck into #2. The only other time I had that experience was when I read a bunch of historical fiction by Jean Plaidy.

While I understand that when an author has worked hard to research and describe events -- it's tempting to repeat those chunks of narrative when you write about the same events in the future. But, personally, I felt a bit cheated, having to re-read material I had just been through in book #1.

I also have the same complaint with #2 as I referenced in my review of #1 (though I WILL NOT repeat what I wrote word-for-word in THAT review - for obvious reasons). Riches' writing is more a recitation of facts and events, with little emotional content or insight into the motivations of these historical figures.

I do plan to read book #3 about Charles' last wife - Katherine Willoughby. I'm hoping that since she and Charles were only married a few years before his death, this will be more a story about Katherine's life -- with fewer options to cut and paste.

My Advice: I think this series, if read, would be more enjoyable if the reader lets some time elapse between novels.
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Reading Progress

December 14, 2019 – Shelved
December 14, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
December 28, 2019 – Started Reading
December 30, 2019 – Finished Reading
December 31, 2019 – Shelved as: historical-fiction

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TAS This is #2 in a three-book Tudor series about Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk and close friend of King Henry VIII.

I guess this series is NOT intended to be read consecutively. Because it appears wholesale chunks of copy have simply been lifted from #1 and stuck into #2. The only other time I had that experience was when I read a bunch of historical fiction by Jean Plaidy.

While I understand that when an author has worked hard to research and describe events -- it's tempting to repeat those chunks of narrative when you write about the same events in the future. But, personally, I felt a bit cheated, having to re-read material I had just been through in book #1.

I also have the same complaint with #2 as I referenced in my review of #1 (though I WILL NOT repeat what I wrote word-for-word in THAT review - for obvious reasons). Riches' writing is more a recitation of facts and events, with little emotional content or insight into the motivations of these historical figures.

I do plan to read book #3 about Charles' last wife - Katherine Willoughby. I'm hoping that since she and Charles were only married a few years before his death, this will be more a story about Katherine's life -- with fewer options to cut and paste.

My Advice: I think this series, if read, would work better if the reader lets some time elapse between novels.


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