Summary

Author Tony Riches clearly demonstrates his historical expertise with The Brandon Trilogy. While the stories can be enjoyed as a standalone, my recommendation is to read them in order. Only then will you understand my frustration with Charles Brandon.

5-STAR REVIEW: THE BRANDON TRILOGY by Tony Riches

The Bradon Trilogy: Book 1
Publication Date: February 1, 2018

From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy, the true story of the Tudor dynasty continues with the daughter of King Henry VII, sister to King Henry VIII. Mary Tudor watches her elder brother become King of England and wonders what the future holds for her.

Born into great privilege, Mary has beauty and intelligence beyond her years and is the most marriageable princess in Europe. Henry plans to use her marriage to build a powerful alliance against his enemies. Will she dare risk his anger by marrying for love?

Meticulously researched and based on actual events, this ‘sequel’ follows Mary’s story from book three of the Tudor Trilogy and is set during the reign of King Henry VIII.

The Bradon Trilogy: Book 2
Publication Date: December 3, 2018

From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy, the true story of the Tudor dynasty continues with the daughter of King Henry VII, sister to King Henry VIII. Mary Tudor watches her elder brother become King of England and wonders what the future holds for her.

Born into great privilege, Mary has beauty and intelligence beyond her years and is the most marriageable princess in Europe. Henry plans to use her marriage to build a powerful alliance against his enemies. Will she dare risk his anger by marrying for love?

Meticulously researched and based on actual events, this ‘sequel’ follows Mary’s story from book three of the Tudor Trilogy and is set during the reign of King Henry VIII.

The Bradon Trilogy: Book 3
Publication Date: October 1, 2019

From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy, the true story of the Tudor dynasty continues with the daughter of King Henry VII, sister to King Henry VIII. Mary Tudor watches her elder brother become King of England and wonders what the future holds for her.

Born into great privilege, Mary has beauty and intelligence beyond her years and is the most marriageable princess in Europe. Henry plans to use her marriage to build a powerful alliance against his enemies. Will she dare risk his anger by marrying for love?

Meticulously researched and based on actual events, this ‘sequel’ follows Mary’s story from book three of the Tudor Trilogy and is set during the reign of King Henry VIII.

The Review

Much has been written about the exploits of Henry VIII and his many wives. Author Tony Riches takes a fresh approach with The Brandon Trilogy, providing an in-depth look behind the scenes into the life and times of this infamous monarch.

Mary—Tudor Princess begins as Henry ascends to the throne at age 17. This installment focuses on the new king’s sister, who has fallen in love with Charles Brandon, a married man twice her age. Through the events depicted, the author demonstrates how essential duty to country actually was during that time period, particularly when it involved a young girl. Royal alliances focused on strategy rather than love.

Brandon—Tudor Knight starts when Charles Brandon is 21 and explores his life, loves and losses. I actually read this book out of sequence by mistake, so this was my introduction to the series. The author’s level of research was reflected in the attention to detail.

Katherine—Tudor Duchess opens with 9-year-old Katherine being selected by the Duke of Suffolk as his ward. This installment stands out because of the impact religion had during this era. Court intrigue dominated the storyline as family holdings were wiped out on a royal whim. Of the three, this was my favorite.

Using historical events as a basis, the author brings the characters to life. While I became disgusted with Charles Brandon, I was impressed with how history’s minor characters evolved into more than just names. I can’t imagine children running an entire household, but the author’s insight demonstrates how different things were. The loss of children to a sweating sickness was heartbreaking to read about, yet it reflected the time period.

Author Tony Riches clearly demonstrates his historical expertise with The Brandon Trilogy. While the stories can be enjoyed as a standalone, my recommendation is to read them in order. Only then will you understand my frustration with Charles Brandon.

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About The Author

Tony Riches is a full-time writer and lives with his wife in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. After several successful non-fiction books, Tony turned to novel writing and wrote Queen Sacrifice, set in 10th century Wales, followed by The Shell, a thriller set in present day Kenya. A specialist in the history of the early Tudors, he is best known for his Tudor Trilogy. Tony’s other international best sellers include Warwick: The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses and The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham.

For more information please visit Tony’s website and his blog The Writing Desk. He can also be found on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Goodreads.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 13
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at The Tudor Enthusiast (Mary)

Tuesday, September 14
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews (Mary)

Wednesday, September 15
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read (Mary)

Thursday, September 16
Review at Novels Alive (trilogy)

Friday, September 17
Review at Pursuing Stacie (trilogy)
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary (Katherine)

Monday, September 20
Review at The Tudor Enthusiast (Brandon)

Tuesday, September 21
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews (Brandon)

Wednesday, September 22
Review at SJ Through the Looking Glass (Mary)

Thursday, September 23
Feature at Reading is My Remedy
Review at Books, Writings, and More (trilogy)

Friday, September 24
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals (Brandon)

Monday, September 27
Review at The Tudor Enthusiast (Katherine)

Tuesday, September 28
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews (Katherine)

Wednesday, September 29
Guest Post at On the Tudor Trail

Thursday, September 30
Feature at Coffee and Ink
Review at The Enchanted Shelf (trilogy)

 

REVIEW AUTHOR

Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

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