I’m so glad that I decided to try out Eliza Knight’s Tudor Series, written under E. Knight to differentiate from her romance novels she’s been so successful at writing (though I’ve not read those yet). Speaking strictly on her Tudor Series novels, of which I’ve read both now, E. Knight is a superb writer with detailed prose, excellent dialogue, and emotional characters. Fully researched, these historical novels on the Tudor Era bring a fresh take to the shelves of what is fast becoming, if it hasn’t already, a major sub-genre of historical fiction.
Speaking of book two, Prisoner of the Queen gives us the story of Katherine Grey, sister to the well-known Jane Grey (cousin to Elizabeth I and Mary I) who unfortunately ended up being caught in the scandal of monarch lineage and power hungry noble families like the Dudleys (which ultimately saw to her fate of being beheaded after 9 days as Queen). Jane had two sisters, and of the two, Katherine was next in line for the throne once her sister was killed, after Henry VIII’s two daughters.
As Elizabeth I becomes extremely paranoid (and with due reason), the relationship between Katherine and Elizabeth is strained. In Prisoner of the Queen, Knight also writes of the passionate romance between Edward Seymour and Katherine, which they conducted under the radar of the now Queen Elizabeth. Becoming pregnant, however, led to Katherine and Edward being discovered and they were locked in the Tower by Queen Elizabeth. Katherine’s lived her life in the Tower until her death.
It’s a sad story, but Knight does such a superb job of telling it that you feel compelled to root for Katherine even if you know how it turns out historically. She does an overwhelming amount of research and it shows within the pages of her novel. She writes with an expert hand, bringing heart-wrenching emotion to the page.
Many people adore Elizabeth I, and I admit I like many parts of her legacy and personality, but it’s important for us as readers and historians, to remember the other side of Elizabeth I as well. Knight shows the true side of the Queen with an authentic accuracy, even if we wish it weren’t so. Impulsive and paranoid, Elizabeth I is many times the image of Henry VIII, and within this book, Knight was correct to portray the proper course of history.
Knight writes a novel that lights with passion, emotion, and description that breathes new life into old stories of England’s monarchy. She writes with elegance and vivid descriptions that make you feel as if you’ve entered into the period yourself. Her imagery is easy to convert visually and her details stunning.
If you are getting tired of Tudor historical novels, don’t stop yet until you read Knight’s series. It will make you see a whole new side of all the characters and players you thought you’d had enough of! You’ll be swept away snuggled by the fire with some tea and biscuits before you know it has captivated you, leaving you turning your head only when your partner says, “Have you been up all night?”
It’s not always easy to write in first person, but with Knight’s Tudor series, she succeeds in making you feel that emotional connection with the protagonist that is so important when reading from that point of view. If you think you’ve liked Brandy Purdy or Phillippa Gregory in the past, they can move way over for Knight’s eloquent storytelling. In the same vein of Elizabeth Freemantle and Hillary Mantel, Knight’s writing is top-notch and highly recommended as a new face of Tudor fiction.
Publication Date: July 2014
Knight Media, LLC
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Series: Tales From the Tudor Court
Genre: Historical Fiction
I have served three queens in my life. One was my sister, one was my savior, and one my bitterest enemy.
Knowing she was seen as a threat to the Queen she served, Lady Katherine Grey, legitimate heir to the throne, longs only for the comfort of a loving marriage and a quiet life far from the intrigue of the Tudor court. After seeing her sister become the pawn of their parents and others seeking royal power and then lose their lives for it, she is determined to avoid the vicious struggles over power and religion that dominate Queen Elizabeth’s court. Until she finds love—then Kat is willing to risk it all, even life in prison.
Tales From the Tudor Court Series
Book One: My Lady Viper
Book Two: Prisoner of the Queen
Author E. Knight, Biography~
E. Knight is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America and several RWA affiliate writing chapters: Hearts Through History, Celtic Hearts, Maryland Romance Writers and Washington Romance Writers.
Growing up playing in castle ruins and traipsing the halls of Versailles when visiting her grandparents during the summer, instilled in a love of history and royals at an early age.
Feeding her love of history, she created the popular historical blog, History Undressed (www.historyundressed.com).Under the pseudonym Eliza Knight, she is a bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author of historical and erotic romance.
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