Title: The King’s Damsel
Author: Kate Emerson
Series: Secrets of the Tudor Court
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Pleasure Palace
2. Between Two Queens
3. By Royal Decree
4. At the King’s Pleasure
Date Started: June 24
Date Finished: June 25
Format: Paperback from library co-op
Tamsin Lodge is well aware of what loss feels like. She has lost her father and her brother within a very short time span. Due to this loss, she believes that all the lands her family owns – except for the third her step-mother was given as her father’s widow – now belong to her. But she gets a letter that says otherwise. A man named Sir Lionel Daggett has purchased her wardship from the king and is now in control of her and the lands until she reaches the age of 21. Using his influence at court, Sir Lionel has gotten Tamsin a position as a maid of honor in Princess Mary’s court.
Not all is well, as history likes to indicate. Even though Tamsin has found a comfortable spot in Mary’s household as a storyteller, Queen Catherine is falling out of favor with the king and the lady Anne Boleyn has taken her place. She has no love for Mary, seeing her more as a threat to her throne than anything, and everyone knows that its only a matter of time before she has Henry strip her of her title. To make matters worse, Sir Lionel has returned and believes that Tamsin can now marry…him. He also senses that the tides are turning and believes that she doesn’t have a place in Mary’s household. So, despite her faithfulness to the princess, Tamsin comes up with a plan to become a spy in Anne’s household.
Out of all five novels of the Secrets of the Tudor Court series, this one is definitely my favorite. I’ve said a few times that the whole reason I got into the Tudor era was because of The Other Boleyn Girl and the tale of Anne Boleyn. Her story always fascinates me and it was really eye-opening to read Anne’s rise to power from a different author’s perspective. It was craftily done, and I also liked how the story didn’t really focus on Anne, but one of her maids Tamsin. I loved this character a lot. She goes through so much to protect her inheritance, her step-mother, and the Princess Mary that sometimes it takes her a while to remember to protect herself. Sir Lionel was one big asshole of a dude and fit the villain character type to a T.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Really good description and character development. Also loved the plot and the undertone of romance for Tamsin and Rafe.
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