Book Review: A Phoenix Rising: The House of the Red Duke by Vivienne Brereton

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: BooksGoSocial

Pub date: 10 July 2019

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

A Phoenix Rising: The House of the Red Duke is a debut novel and it’s fantastic!

The Howard’s were one of the most powerful families in the land during the Tudor period and this delves into their lives.

β€œIf I have anything to do with it, we Howards will live forever.”

The Howard’s met with disgrace but managed to regain their good fortunes under the reign of Henry VIII via Thomas Howard who in this book is elderly but still formidable and regales how he managed to raise his once disgraced family after spending years in the Tower of London.

It’s told from many perspectives which took me a few chapters to get used to but I was enthralled by how I got to know each character, their feelings and the troubles each of them faced. It doesn’t only focus on the Howard’s such as Thomas Howard but also King James of Scotland, French nobles and the Boleyns and their relationship with the Howard’s.

There are many secrets kept by those whose perspectives we enjoy and I was swept along with their storylines right from the beginning!

Brereton has created a captivating debut novel for anyone with an interest in the Tudor period and I am very much looking forward to reading more especially to find out what happens between certain individuals.

This is book one so I am certainly expecting more in this series and can’t wait!

It’s currently available on Kindle unlimited or to purchase


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