Friday, July 19, 2013



Gortner’s second historical mystery of The Spymaster Chronicles, The Tudor Conspiracy, was a target-hit with me.  The plot moved along at a quick pace, leaving no time to even momentarily set this one aside-definitely a breeze to read.  Not only does it contain the right amount of suspense, historical intrigue and creativity of plot- the characters come to life making every fictional detail a definite historical possibility.  I caught myself numerous times going back to research a character or event and wishing it were true.  Admittedly, even though this is fiction…I still think our main actor, Brendan, spy master- extraordinaire, could possibly be the…but- I won’t spoil it for you!

After thinking I’ve had enough of anything Tudor (and the only reason I gave this one a shot is because I love Gortner’s books so much…)-  I’m so glad I decided to read this! First of all, this novel is centered in Mary’s Court with Elizabeth playing pivotal character.  It made it that more interesting to read a novel that revolved solely around the two sisters (no Henry and no wives!).

I loved reading about a younger Elizabeth, who already demonstrated a strong will and exceptional brilliance in all subterfuge matters of royal court life.  Mary was all-regal; accurately depicted as both vengeful and forgiving.  As for our hero…who shall he serve- Mary or Elizabeth?  And for those who need a little love and compassion in their historicals- there is just the right amount of both to help bring this story around.  Kate Strattford is Brendan’s love of his life- but can he remain true to her at all costs?  And there can be no deeper heartfelt moment than when you read about Brendan’s young squire, Peregrine…Lastly, the book concludes with the completely unexpected unmasking of an antagonist- wow!

Deception, trust and loyalty are key in The Tudor Conspiracy.  I was not very well read on The Wyatt Revolt, and am pleased to have gotten more than just a historical lesson- I was plunged right into the plot.  Also, I haven’t read the first of this series, but I can tell you that it seemed to make no matter, as it is perfectly enthralling as a standalone.

Short-spanned but intense in every hue- Gortner has covered it all.  This book will leave you totally satisfied but with a lingering need to read more.  I am eagerly awaiting the third book in this series- meanwhile I gotta get my hands on the first, The Tudor Secret!
Loved it!

About the Author

C.W. Gortner is the author of The Last Queen, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, The Queen’s Vow and The Tudor Secret. He holds an MFA in Writing, with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies. Raised in Spain and half Spanish by birth, he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He welcomes readers and is always available for reader group chats. Please visit him at for more information.

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Linda said...

I enjoy Mr. Gortner's books, and I've read several. I would love to win this mystery. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Denise said...

I feel like you do..kinda done with the Tudors, but I'll read anything C.W Gortner writes. Ever since "The Last Queen," I am hooked.

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Carl Scott said...

I'd love to win a copy of The Tudor Conspiracy. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
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Anonymous said...

Ama folower !! ONLY READ ONE GORTNER NOVEL AND LOVED IT ...... cant wait to read some more of his work :)

Elizabeth said...

Sounds excellent....thanks for sharing.

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