Tuesday 17 May 2016

Book Review - Jasper Book Two Of The Tudor Trilogy @tonyriches

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Jasper - Book Two Of The Tudor Trilogy
Tony Riches

'Without the heroic Jasper Tudor there could have been no Tudor dynasty.'
Terry Breverton, author, historian and Television Presenter.

'Jasper Tudor was the greatest survivor of the Wars of the Roses. Whilst almost all his contemporaries suffered often brutal and bloody deaths, Jasper persevered against all the odds. That's not to say it was easy, as you will discover...'
Nathen Amin, Author of Tudor Wales.

Following the best-selling historical fiction novel  OWEN – Book One of The Tudor Trilogy, this is the incredible story, based on actual events, of Owen’s son Jasper Tudor, who changes the history of England forever.

England 1461: The young King Edward of York takes the country by force from King Henry VI of Lancaster. Sir Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke, flees the massacre of his Welsh army at the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross and plans a rebellion to return his half-brother King Henry to the throne.

When King Henry is imprisoned by Edward in the Tower of London and murdered, Jasper escapes to Brittany with his young nephew, Henry Tudor. After the sudden death of King Edward and the mysterious disappearance of his sons, a new king, Edward’s brother Richard III takes the English Throne. With nothing but his wits and charm, Jasper sees his chance to make young Henry Tudor king with a daring and reckless invasion of England.

Set in the often brutal world of fifteenth century England, Wales, Scotland, France, Burgundy and Brittany, during the Wars of the Roses, this fast-paced story is one of courage and adventure, love and belief in the destiny of the Tudors.

What did I think of the book?

With his father, Owen Tudor, cruelly executed at the hands of York and his wealth and title stolen from him, Jasper Tudor must use all his intelligence and knightly skills to stay alive. But he is also a man of unassailable principles and he will do everything in his power to see his half-brother, King Henry VI, reclaim his rightful thrown from the York pretender.

Set in the backdrop of The War of the Roses, Jasper - Book Two of The Tudor Trilogy, tells the story of Jasper Tudor, the man who despite the odds stacked against him, never gave up and fought alongside his nephew on that fateful day at Bosworth against King Richard III army and, despite the odds, won. Ending the Plantagenet’s long reign in England forever and bringing peace, at last, to a country that had been bitterly divided by civil war.

The historical details and the account of Jasper Tudor's life, in this book, was staggering. Riches brings the 15th Century back to life, and his portray of Jasper was so beautifully executed that it felt as if Jasper Tudor had written this book and was telling his story himself. Riches brought him back to life.

The story itself is fast-paced and the years of war and exile flew by as quickly as I turned the pages. The story was so compelling that I had a hard time putting this book down. And when I had finished, I had to sit quietly for a moment, digesting all that I had seen between the pages of this book. This story of Jasper will stay with me for a long time.

Tony Riches is, without a doubt, one of my favourite historical fiction authors. He is not only a skilled story-teller, but he makes you care, not only for the protagonists but for everyone else as well. His portrayal of young Henry, first as a child, and then as a young man was very believable. As was his portrayal of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (The King Maker) and Margaret Beaufort.

 Sometimes in these sort of accounts you can get a little lost in the detail, but not so in this case. An awful lot happens in this book, but Riches is your personal tour guide and makes the journey very comfortable and enjoyable.

If you are looking for quality fiction about the Tudor dynasty and the War of The Roses, then this is the book for you. It is certainly a book I will come back to again.

 I Highly Recommend.

Where can I purchase a copy of this book?

About the author
Tony Riches is a full time author of best-selling fiction and non-fiction books. He lives by the sea in Pembrokeshire, West Wales with his wife and enjoys sea and river kayaking in his spare time.

For more information about Tony’s other books please visit his popular blog, The Writing Desk and his Wordpress website and find him on Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches.

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