30-Day Book Challenge: Day 18

The Boleyn King - Laura Andersen

Day 18 - A Book That Disappointed You


I had the highest of hopes for a speculative fiction take on the English monarchy. There are so many ways it could have gone. England may have been too focused on Spain to put down the Irish rebellion. Spain might have depleted their resources fighting the English and not funded expositions. The Boleyn king could have been a warmonger or a religious zealot. Elizabeth would have been married off for an alliance, but which country? You could literally go anywhere.


Instead? This novel is actually a romance between two completely unconnected characters, a lukewarm mystery, and features very few real world implications.