The Tudor Trilogy by Tony Riches Blog Tour with my Personal Reviews and Giveaway :)
Owen (The Tudor Trilogy #1) by Tony Riches
Jasper (The Tudor Trilogy #2) by Tony Riches
So I was prepared for a love story between Margaret Beaufort and Jasper Tudor, however that is not what happened. It seems that while he held a high level of respect for Margaret, his love lied elsewhere - with her sister ... . The story revolves around the times during the War of the Roses, after Jasper's step-brother Henry is abducted and dethroned in favor of Edward of York, who is under the spell of the Earl of Warwick. Jasper is determined to get the Tudors back on the throne and end the war. Along his journey he meets Gabriel, whom he saves after a battle and whom accompanies him. And also begins an affair with a woman named Mairead, who seems to love him, although I do not remember this woman from history. This book really made me realize what a huge role Jasper Tudor played in the War of the Roses and the succession of his nephew Henry to the throne of England. And it also shows another side of him, he wasn't just a warrior, he was also a young man who loved women and had fun. He meets Queen Margaret and realizes that her life has not been easy with King Henry, as he has some mental issues. But it also makes him work that much harder to ensure a place for his nephew. It was easy to overthrow King Henry because of his illness and he was not well. Jasper sees him and promises Queen Margaret that he will not give up no matter what until the Tudors are restored to the throne. He even travels to France to attempt to recruit help from King Louis, which is declined - however he does manage to secure a promise to unite their countries once King Henry is restored to the throne. As anyone who knows history is aware - this never happens. King Henry dies whilst in the care of King Edward and his brothers in the Tower of London and no one knows exactly what happened. While others such as Edward Beaufort are pledging their faithfulness to the York King, Jasper seems to be one of the very few holdouts - he is determined to never give up and to protect and bring up his nephew Henry to be King one day, especially after it becomes clear that his stepbrother Henry is not going to be able to fulfill the role any longer. Young Henry is the only choice.
I truly enjoyed reading this story, but I think what I loved the most was reading about the relationship that Jasper develops with his young nephew. I have watched most of the War of the Roses movies and read a lot of books, but never really saw the deep and meaningful bond they shared. Jasper was the one person Margaret Beaufort trusted her son with, and she was not mistaken. He never waivered and never gave up. To find out the rest you will have to read the book, but trust me it is an awesome read and I definitely give it 5 stars! It is great to learn more as well as get a fantastic story on the side :)
Henry (The Tudor Trilogy #3) by Tony Riches
***My Personal Review Of HENRY***
Everything I have ever read or seen about Henry VII told me that he was a very intrepid King who bowed down to everything his mother wanted, and the story does start off that way - as Henry tells us in his own words that he didn't want to be King. He did not expect it. However he does share his mother's faith that it was God's will that put him on the throne. And his mother brokered the deal to marry him to Elizabeth of York in order to unite the 2 houses and finally bring peace to England. Little did she or anyone else know that her son and daughter in law would become legends - but not because of what THEY did - but because of what their children did. King Henry VIII is one of the most well known monarchs ever, and his daughter Elizabeth I is by far the most well known female monarch and the mother of Protestant England. One thing I noticed about Henry in this book was that in most things I have read he is not a really nice guy, he pretty much does whatever his mother wants and is ruthless. However this book paints him in a totally different light - one of vulnerability and deep feelings, of being humane and yet strong through all of this. Many sources state that his relationship with Elizabeth was tempestuous and lonely - but here we see Henry as a man in love with the woman he is married to and in awe of her beauty and charisma. She was after all a York Princess, her father was King and by all accounts she had been in love with her Uncle Richard, who was dethroned and killed by Henry's army. But she seems just as in love with Henry as he is with her. All the while I had to wonder if she was pretending to love him in order to get her mother's status and money back, but it seems as if she really did love him. After all, they had Arthur, Henry, Mary and Margaret for heirs and immediately began planning for Arthur's succession and marriage. This book takes us up through the marriages of Mary and Margaret, as well as the marriage of Arthur and his untimely death and how Princess Katheryn of Aragon was treated after his death. Henry does seem much more heartfelt towards Katheryn than history leads us to believe, much kinder.
I love the way this book portrays the marriage of Henry and Elizabeth, the way they are with their children and the mutual love they share for the good of England. They of course don't know what is in store for their sons or daughters, but they work together as a team which is perfect for a King and Queen. Unfortunately their son Henry did not get that particular gene, he only believed that having a son was important. And I also love the way Henry begins to gravitate more towards his wife than his mother for advice on things. Again, totally different take on the story we have all heard. The one thing I did notice was that when the "boy" who claims to be Edward's son and heir and also Elizabeth's younger brother comes into the picture, she questions him but also stands by her man. This book also shows the ultimate sacrifice his mother made for him and her determinedness to keep him safe and keep his faith intact. The book ultimately ends with of course the death of King Henry VII. Anyone who is a fan of this history will know well what happens and there are really not spoilers in this book as it goes along with the real history very well from what I could tell. I give it another 5 stars, I think this was my favorite out of all 3 books, but I honestly cannot wait to read the other books by Tony Riches. So grab a copy of these today and read some fantastic historical fiction on the Tudor dynasty in England.