Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be today’s stop on the epic blog tour for the ; Brandon Trilogy by Tony Riches. I love this series and can’t wait to share my review for it. I was scheduled to review only one book; Brandon; Tudor Knight, but I enjoyed that book so much I decided to buy the other two books and review them too.
Firstly, thank you to Amy from Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours for the invite.
About the Brandon Trilogy
Mary: Tudor Princess
Brandon Trilogy #1
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.
Brandon: Tudor Knight
Brandon Trilogy #2
From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy:
Handsome, charismatic and a champion jouster, Sir Charles Brandon is the epitome of a Tudor Knight. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Brandon has a secret. He has fallen in love with Henry’s sister, Mary Tudor, the beautiful widowed Queen of France, and risks everything to marry her without the King’s consent.
Brandon becomes Duke of Suffolk, but his loyalty is tested fighting Henry’s wars in France. Mary’s public support for Queen Catherine of Aragon brings Brandon into dangerous conflict with the ambitious Boleyn family and the king’s new right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell.
Torn between duty to his family and loyalty to the king, Brandon faces an impossible decision: can he accept Anne Boleyn as his new queen?
Katherine – Tudor Duchess
Brandon Trilogy #3
She stands up for what she believes in…
but such courage has consequences
Attractive, wealthy and influential, Katherine Willoughby is one of the most unusual ladies of the Tudor court. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Katherine knows all his six wives, his daughters Mary and Elizabeth, and his son Edward, as well as being related by marriage to Lady Jane Grey.
When her father dies, Katherine becomes the ward of Tudor knight, Sir Charles Brandon. Her Spanish mother, Maria de Salinas, is Queen Catherine of Aragon’s lady in waiting, so it is a challenging time for them all when King Henry marries the enigmatic Anne Boleyn.
Following Anne’s dramatic downfall, Katherine marries Charles Brandon, and becomes Duchess of Suffolk at the age of fourteen. After the short reign of young Catherine Howard, and the tragic death of Jane Seymour, Katherine and Brandon are chosen to welcome Anna of Cleves as she arrives in England.
When the royal marriage is annulled, Katherine’s good friend, Catherine Parr becomes the king’s sixth wife, and they work to promote religious reform. Katherine’s young sons are tutored with the future king, Prince Edward, but when Edward dies his Catholic sister Mary is crowned queen. Katherine’s Protestant faith puts her family in great danger – from which there seems no escape.
Katherine’s remarkable true story continues the epic tale of the rise of the Tudors, which began with the best-selling Tudor trilogy and concludes with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I
I am a big fan of Tudor books and have read many, there is something about this era that interests me so when this series came along on tour I was so excited to participate. I originally agreed to review the second book in the trilogy; Brandon Tudor, but I enjoyed the book so much I went out and bought the other two books in the trilogy just so I could share my review of the trilogy in full.
I hadn’t read any of Tony Riches books before this, despite having a few of his sitting neglected on my Kindle, and I am so pleased that I had the opportunity to finally read his work. I will certainly be reading more from him and once again travel back to the Tudor era.
The Brandon Trilogy is meticulously researched, enthralling and a captivating, richly descriptive and fascinating account of the dramatic and politically deadly Tudor court. The writing transports the reader right into the shark-infested waters of the Tudor era with vivid clarity.
I love everything about this series, despite them being intricately connected I think each of the books can be read as stand-alone’s. I read Brandon (which is undoubtedly my favourite of the three) first and then went on to read the first book; Mary and then the third book; Katherine, I was never perplexed as to who was who and what was going on.
I love that this Brandon trilogy focuses on a character who has been overshadowed by the more well-known names, I loved getting to know Mary Tudor, Henry’s sister a woman who I didn’t know a lot about, and I liked learning more about the Brandon’s, especially Charles’ sister Katherine whom I thought was a thoroughly intriguing woman.
I loved all three books, each one is engaging and gloriously realistic, they connect flawlessly with one and another, but my overall favourite has to be Brandon, I love how beautifully this man weaves himself through each of the books and dependant on which book you read you opinion of him changes. I didn’t take to him in Mary; Tudor Princess, I thought he was a little cold, yet I loved him in his own story; Brandon Tudor Knight – true, it may have something to do with my love of Knights on the joust ;-).
Overall, The Brandon Trilogy is an amazing series, anyone who has read and loved a Tudor set novel will know how addictive they are and this Trilogy is no different, the minute you start reading them you are hooked and you may even do what I did and insist on reading all three at once.
I may have mentioned how much I enjoyed this Trilogy, I did though I don’t think I can say enough of how fabulous it is, and would recommend anyone who has a love of the Tudor era and of books that are enthused with gritty and flawless history then these books are for you.
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’.
Blog Tour Schedule
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)
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)
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
During the blog tour, 3 winners will receive a paperback copy of Mary-Tudor Princess or an eBook from the trilogy (winner’s choice).
The giveaway is open internationally and ends on September 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Direct Link: https://gleam.io/competitions/HQ3ol-brandon-trilogy