BOOK REVIEW | JANE SEYMOUR: THE HAUNTED QUEEN, BY ALISON WEIR

Title: Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen

Author: Alison Weir

Series Number: 3

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

Genres: Historical Fiction

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from hachette nz in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★☆

Summary: Ever since she was a child, Jane has longed for a cloistered life as a nun. But her large noble family has other plans, and, as an adult, Jane is invited to the King’s court to serve as lady-in-waiting for Queen Katherine of Aragon. The devout Katherine shows kindness to all her ladies, almost like a second mother, which makes rumors of Henry’s lustful pursuit of Anne Boleyn—who is also lady-in-waiting to the queen—all the more shocking. For Jane, the betrayal triggers memories of a painful incident that shaped her beliefs about marriage.

But once Henry disavows Katherine and secures his new queen—altering the religious landscape of England—he turns his eye to another: Jane herself. Urged to return the King’s affection and earn favor for her family, Jane is drawn into a dangerous political game that pits her conscience against her desires. Can Jane be the one to give the King his long-sought-after son or will she meet a fate similar to the women who came before her?

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i just want to put this out there: alison weir is a phenomenal writer. her writing is straight to the point (no confusion), entertaining and historically accurate.

i thoroughly enjoyed jane seymour: the haunted queen. i loved katherine’s story, but found anne boleyn rather boring. i didn’t know what to expect for jane seymour, considering i haven’t read any other books by alison weir, but i must admit that i really want to pick up her other works now.

jane was a lovely character to read about. she had a lot of morals that i could relate to (unlike anne, who was just a bit too out-there for me). one thing i didn’t like about the haunted queen (aside from: how tf is she haunted????) was how jane criticised anne for “stealing” henry from katherine, then went and did the exact same thing to anne. i understand that henry wasn’t bound by marriage (as katherine was now dead) as he was when he married anne but in terms of katherine being like a friend to her and since she’s dead it’s fine to marry her husband? it just doesn’t sit right with me. (and i’m probably writing it in a really weird way that doesn’t make sense to you – sorry).

the plot for the haunted queen was definitely more interesting than both the true queen and a king’s obsession. considering jane didn’t live as long and the books are all relatively the same length, i was amazed. i found the first two books dragged a bit, especially compared to this book. aside from jane being a very likeable character, the haunted queen had a lot more important events throughout.

back to the historical accuracy thing – can alison weir please give other historical fiction authors some tips on how to make your book less like a non fiction biography and more like an actual novel? her writing style is amazing. no doubt she can write a non fiction book and make it feel like i’m reading a fiction one. (trust me, i’m gonna try some of her other works).

anyway, to conclude this review: henry is a dick.

(and the cover is so beautiful, i can’t stop staring at it).

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