Sunday, July 8, 2012

Jen Reads: Good Historical Fiction

Since I have been worried about Boots, I am more likely to stay home to keep an eye on him and when I am home, I read a lot. I don’t watch much TV but I do read.  I have read two books recently that I really liked.

 

Gilt by Katherine Longshore has one of those covers that are sort of misleading based on the book. Gilt is based on the story of Catherine Howard, King Henry the VIII’s fifth wife. It is told through the eyes of Catherine’s friend, Kitty Tilney. Kitty is awkward and believes herself to be ugly (I can relate.) Kitty was a real person and the author added a plausible story. Kitty is Cat’s friend who grows up in the same household and Kitty eventually follows Cat to the court of Henry the VIII.

There is all the backstabbing of a soap opera today in the history of yesterday. Catherine was eventually put to death for lying about her virginity prior to getting married to the King. Gilt provided a guilt-free look into the Tudor court. I really enjoyed it.

The second book I read was Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.

The premise of this book is different from anything that I have seen. Ismae is a woman who escapes a brutal marriage on her wedding night. She bears a birthmark on her back that had people in Brittany calling her the child of the Devil. Upon being saved on her wedding night, she is taken to a convent of St. Mortain, an old god of death in Brittany. She is trained to kill the enemies of Brittany. She uncovers treachery in the court of the Duke of Brittany and in the dark Duval.

This was a book was the type of book that I could not put down. I love historical fiction and the premise of this book was too awesome for me to put down. Nuns that are handmaidens of Death and kill. I am not a huge Young Adult reader but I just could not pass up these books.

They are both first books in the series and I look forward to more books by these two authors.

2 comments:

  1. I love historical/period style books. Especially beautifully researched ones with interwoven historical events in them. Sigh. You're making me want to go out there and find some to read. Might start with these... ;)

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  2. These sound really good! I also love historical fiction!

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