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Elizabeth I, Spymaster 3 books in series. The Tudor Secret Summary. The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies. Add to basket failed. Please try again later. Add to wishlist failed. Free with day trial. The Tudor Vendetta By: As did the fact that on two different occasions Brendan mentions leaving his sword at home for safe keeping, that is just complete silliness. There were many, many things that just didn't ring true to my ears and because of that I didn't enjoy this story.

It was an easy read and probably would be fun for people who aren't familiar with this period in time and could just read along and "enjoy the ride" so to speak.


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Jun 23, Orsolya rated it did not like it Shelves: Although I have enjoyed other works by Mr. Gortner, I could only read a chapter of The Tudor Secret before I put it down telling my boyfriend, "This is much too fake to read". Perhaps it is because I have been in more of a actual history kick for the past year versus historical fiction or perhaps it is because of the fact that book was reading more like a high school drama club play.

Granted, if I had stuck it out, then it may have progressed better. Call me a quitter, but I just couldn't read a Although I have enjoyed other works by Mr. Call me a quitter, but I just couldn't read a book that appeared more fiction than historical-fiction. Oct 05, C. A rousing historical adventure set in the Tudor court, during final days of Edward VI's reign- a time of danger, deceit, and courage. Brendan Prescott, a foundling reared in Dudley household, arrives at court to serve as a squire to the arrogant Lord Robert Dudley. Keen and ambitious, Brendan hopes to gain advancement in his new post - until Lord Robert dispatches him on an illicit mission to the King's enigmatic sister, the Princess Elizabeth, and Brendan discovers that nothing in his world is as it appears.

A dark plot brews around Elizabeth's quest to unravel the truth about her brother King Edward VI's disappearance. Lured into her service as a spy, with only a bold stable boy and audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths and lies, pitted against the wiles of a vengeful opponent who may hold the secret of his own mysterious birth - a secret that could shatter everything he believes in, and cast an inescapable shadow over him, Elizabeth, and the future of England itself.

View all 4 comments. Ever author who blurbed on the back of this book should feel bad about themselves. The cover wardrobe is inaccurate. Just for the record. Feb 03, Patty rated it really liked it. Historical fiction readers should thank Mr. Gortner for choosing to take us along with his imagination and give us such tales of what might have been.

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It takes a strong knowledge of time, place and history to be able to weave a story that at its core is completely based in fiction but populated by icons. Yet that is exactly what Mr. Gortner does with this first book in his Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. We meet young Brendan Prescott as he is making a journey to London. A foundling, Brendan w Historical fiction readers should thank Mr. A foundling, Brendan was brought up in the mighty Dudley household knowing nothing of his origins.

It is a dangerous time for England as young King Edward is very ill. Dudley, Duke of Northumberland is currently in charge and is trying to maintain that control through his sons. This is the London in which Brandon arrives. While there he meets William Cecil and is erm, encouraged to spy for Elizabeth. I don't want to say much more for fear of ruining this most excellent book. Gortner knows how to write to create an atmosphere of tension and fear.

He also makes the characters come alive on the page. Again, as with book this well written I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. A movie I didn't want to end. I will note that our hero had the most extraordinary luck. But what is a good spy tale without an invincible hero, right?

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There is also a touch of romance - and I am not talking about Elizabeth and Dudley. This was a truly enjoyable read with an intriguing premise that sets up the rest of the series quite well. I am very much looking forward to the continuing adventures of this particular spy. Jan 18, Amy Bruno rated it really liked it Shelves: I am a huge fan of C.

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And I was not disappointed! As a newborn babe Brendan Prescott was abandoned on the grounds of the powerful Dudley family. Taken in and raised at Dudley Castle, Brendan is tormented daily by the Dudley brothers, in particular the handsome, yet arrogant Robert. As the book opens, we find Brendan riding towards the court I am a huge fan of C. As the book opens, we find Brendan riding towards the court of Edward VI, where John Dudley is Lord Protector, to begin his service as squire to his old adversary Robert.

Not long after coming to court, Brendan is solicited by William Cecil to assist in uncovering a plot against the Princess Elizabeth, which they believe is lead by the ambitious Dudley family. While unearthing secrets at court, Brendan is hoping to find answers to his own mystery…the identity of his parents and the truth behind his birth.

The Tudor Secret was a quick, light read with an entertaining mystery within a mystery. Feb 04, Shannon rated it it was ok. I won this in a Goodreads first reads giveaway, which I was very excited about.

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They asked for a review, so here it is. What I liked about the book: I find the time period absolutely fascinating. I thought the author did a great job interweaving fiction with non-fiction. The Tudors are the ultimate dysfunctional family that you hate to love or love to hate. That always makes for great reading. I also liked most of the characters, flawed as they were. What I didn't like: I rea I won this in a Goodreads first reads giveaway, which I was very excited about.

I really had to suspend my disbelief to get through this one. Everything just happened way too fast. The main character was taken to court to serve as someone's squire, and within a day he's spying and almost dying every five minutes? He falls in love in less than a week? He has the trust of Elizabeth within one conversation? I also saw a lot of sentences that pretty much just repeated what the previous sentence said in a different way.

If those would have been edited out I would have been much less irritated. I have yet to decide if I'll read the next one when it comes out. Maybe if I win that one. Dec 11, Misha Mathew rated it really liked it Shelves: Everyone has a secret. Like the oyster with its grain of sand, we bury it deep within, coating it with opalescent layers, as if that could heal our mortal wound. Some of us devote our entire lives to keeping our secrets hidden, save from those who might pry it from us, hoarding it like a pearl only to discover that it escapes us when we least expect it, revealed by a flash of fear in our eyes when caught unawares, by a sudden pain, a rage or hatred, or an all-consuming shame.

The Tudor Secret is t Everyone has a secret. I cannot even count the number of books related to Tudors I have read. I can't seem to get enough of them. After reading The Tudor Secret, I am really looking forward to the second in the series. The Tudor Secret offers us a glimpse at one of the most turbulent times in British history from the perspective of Brendan Prescott, a servant in the Dudley family.

Young King Edward VI is rumoured to be dying. John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland might as well be running the country. At the same time, Elizabeth is slowly rising to power. She has her suspicions about her brother's illness, but is prevented from seeing him. Being the next in line to the throne after Edward VI and Mary Tudor, she is surrounded by enemies, deceit and people who will do anything to see her dead. There are conspiracies, secrets, betrayals, lies and danger all around.

Brendan Prescott unknowingly and reluctantly becomes embroiled in this dangerous game. Brendan is a powerful protagonist - quick, clever, intelligent, honorable and brave. He was abandoned by his real parents and brought by a woman called Alice, who had found him. Alice was like a mother to him until her sudden death, which still grieves him. He's raised to be a servant in the Dudley family and as a child, is bullied by the Dudley brothers.

At the age of 20, he is summoned to the court to be a squire to Robert Dudley. But things are not as straightforward as they seem. There's a mystery about his birth and his real parents that he is determined to unravel. What he discovers is a dealy web of lies around Princess Elizabeth. Brendan is determined to protect Elizabeth from the Dudley's clutches.

Out of all the Tudors, the one I am completely enamoured by is Elizabeth. It was fascinating to see this extraordinary woman through Brendan's eyes, especially since he is as taken with her, as I am. Elizabeth is all at once an enigma and an admirable woman. In Brendan's eyes, she becomes even more so. Elizabeth is reckless, stubborn, determined and an incredibly brave woman. Like everyone else, Brendan falls unedr her spell.

You can understand why he is determined to risk his life for her.


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Some of my favourite scenes in the book involved Elizabeth. There are moments that define our existence, moments that, if we recognize them, become pivotal turning points in our life, providing solace when our end draws near. For me, meeting Elizabeth Tudor was one of those moments. Amid the incandescent flames and sheen of mirrors, the colored satins, and extrabagant jewels, as courtiers sank into obeisance like oversized heaps, she Elizabeth stood out like albaster.

A chill slithered up my spine. It was as if I was seeing everything for the first time, my senses attuned to this forest of treachery and deceit, populated by well-fed predators who circled the princess much as wolves circled their prey. Having read so much about the Tudors, I knew exactly what will happen. There was no suspense about the actual events. What makes The Tudor Secret a gripping, fast-paced read is that we get to see the these events through Brendan's perspective.

Add to that, the suspense about Brendan's birth, which makes the book even more exciting. Further, The Tudor Secret captures the feel of the Tudor era - the scandals, the controversies and the court intrigue. The details add to the atmosphere of the book. I admit, I do hold a soft spot for Robert Dudley.

But in this book, he is short-tempered, selfish and cruel. Though my heart broke a little to see him depicted this way, it's still refeshing to see a different take on him. There was just one small problem I had - the romance. It felt a bit unecessary and I felt the book could have done without it. I just wanted to skip over the romantic bits and continue with the actual plot.

It must be obvious that I am obsessed with the Tudors. I wasn't much of a history fanatic until I came across them. Since then, my obsession with them has grown and expanded to other eras in British history. Then there's Elizabeth whom I will never tire of. Much to my joy, The Tudor Secret offers a captivating portrayal of my favourite Tudor.

Read The Tudor Secret with an open mind. Do not expect complete historical accuracy.

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It's just a very original and very entertaining take on the Tudors. Though the timeline of the major events and their basic nature is accurate, there are some changes. After all, Brendan is a fictional character and his story is entwined with the actual facts. Fact and fiction beautifully combine to give an unputdownable book. This book can be enjoyed by both historical fiction as well as mystery lovers. The author kept me guessing till the end. The Tudor Secret is an engrossing, compelling look on the equally fascinating Tudor era.

I will be looking forward to more of Brendan's adventures. Adventure-filled and riveting look at the Tudors. If you love the Tudors or if you love historical mysteries, this is a perfect book book for you. Jan 23, Ravin Maurice rated it it was amazing. I had to force myself to not finish this book in one sitting, and even then it kept me up till the wee hours of the morning. But I can't say enough about C.

He's remarkable in so many ways, and weaves the most amazing stories! The Tudor Secret revolves around Brendan Prescott, a foundling who was reared in the Dudley household, and what happens to him when he comes to the court of Edward VI to serve Robert Dudley. Gortner kept very close to the facts as I understand them in and surrou I had to force myself to not finish this book in one sitting, and even then it kept me up till the wee hours of the morning.

Gortner kept very close to the facts as I understand them in and surrounding the death of Edward VI, the rise and quick fall of Jane Gray and the eventual rise of Mary I, one of my favorite Tudor characters.

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He has taken some liberties with some details, giving the reader a big 'what if' scenario, in the lines of 'what if this had happened? But I think what he's really done is added to the story. His brilliant crafting of characters has added dimension to already known favorites - I loved his interpretation of William Cecil, the man always painted as this saint like person, and Robert Dudley, who is often painted as a romantic figure in Elizabeth I's life. I really think that Gortner's treatment of Dudley is closer to what the man may have actually been like, it rang truer than any interpretation I've read.

Tudor fans should eat this up, but I suggest reading the author's note at the back of the book first, along with some of the added materials. Gortner says quite plainly that he wanted this book to be a story, and its a great one, and I wouldn't want any Tudor fan to be bothered by it because it's just that good. Feb 24, D. The book was set at an interesting time in history, during the last days of Edward VI and the fight for the throne among all the Tudors, including Jane Grey, Mary Tudor and of course, Elizabeth.


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  5. The whole mystery of Brendan's parentage was pretty obvious I could tell from his description where he came from but how that came about was super convoluted. I didn't like AT ALL that he betrayed the family that brought him up at the first chance he could and how he seemed to be embroiled in all the court intrigue merely hours after arriving in London. It just didn't seem likely that all these people took such a shine to him all of a sudden. I originally picked up this book because it was narrated by Steve West, which I simply adore as a narrator what a sexy voice!

    I may pick up the rest of the series just because he's narrating it as I'm sure I'll enjoy it more, now that I'm not expecting it to be a mystery. Once you step into the luxurious pages of The Secret Lion, you will find yourself on an excursion full of intricate plots, rich settings and historical themes. The time is sixteenth century Tudor England, during the riveting and exquisite renaissance period. Aug 30, Tudor Book Blog rated it really liked it. This story follows an orphaned stable boy, Brendon Prescott, on a search to discover his past, as well as save the Princesses Mary and Elizabeth.

    Found abandoned as a baby, he is taken in by the powerful Dudley family. Though Robert Dudley has shown his obvious distaste for Prescott, Prescott is assigned to become his squire. His first mission is to take a ring to the Princess Elizabeth, a gift from Robert Dudley. This small gesture sets the events for the rest of the story in motion. Upon meeting the Princess, he is quickly taken with her. He resolves to save both. Prescott is an innocent, knowing nothing of the way the Royal Court works. He quickly finds himself spying for Dudley and an unknown person, in the hopes of keeping Princess Elizabeth safe and help her half-sister, Mary, take her rightful place as Queen.

    His motivation really stems from his desire to discover his past; Who abandoned him and why? However, once he gets involved with protecting Elizabeth and aiding Mary, they quickly become his motivations. Overall, I really liked this novel. I found it extremely easy to read and was quickly drawn into it.

    Through this point of view you certainly get a new look at the Tudor Court. He would have been happy to stay at the Dudley estate raising horses. I found this interesting as despite it being a good position, it was still the position of a servant. Even this he thought was too much.

    I suppose this is how it was back then; You were born low, you stay low. This view is in stark contrast to that of the Dudleys whom Gortner paints harshly. He shows them as greedy, self-serving, and cruel. To an extent, I think this is an accurate depiction. However, there seems to be no real redeeming quality presented in the novel.

    One thing I did not like about the novel is that it takes place in such a short amount of time: It seems like such a short amount of time for so much to happen. Not events, but the development of the characters flies by. Brendan Prescott evolves so fast, it seem unrealistic.

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