I kept wishing the King would die all the time I was reading this book. The King is the ailing and repulsive Henry VIII, and the Queen is his reluctant sixth wife, Katherine (Kateryn) Parr. We know that she outlived him, but the author still manages to keep us in suspense about her fate. This engaging novel increased my knowledge of Katherine Parr, who was staunchly involved in the reformation of the English Church, and the first woman to publish original work under her own name in English. She was also a mentor to the future Queen Elizabeth I, possibly the the influence that inspired Elizabeth’s decision to remain unmarried.
“The King was an obnoxious killer
which helps to make this book a thriller.”