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Phoenix Rising: A novel of Anne Boleyn by…

Phoenix Rising: A novel of Anne Boleyn

by Hunter S. Jones

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As the last minutes of Anne Boleyn's life draw to a close, the decisions that she made and the actions of those around the doomed Queen come together to fulfill a prophecy told in the stars. From Lady Bliant, the woman who drew up the star chart for the best day for Anne's life to be taken, to King Henry who once loved her, to the year-old Daughter that she left behind and Queen Anne herself, all of the players in Anne's life examine how they have come to the the point where Anne's star will fave and Jane will rise like a phoenix in her place.

This novella concentrates on the last hour of Queen Anne Boleyn's life and is a quick must-read for any Tudor fans. Split into twelve sections, like the star chart that foretold her last day, twelve points of view are brought to light. As I have read in many other books, Queen Anne's deportment approaching the day was very composed throughout the last minutes of her life. However, in this version Anne's inner thoughts on the matter are revealed. I enjoyed her recounting her first memories of meeting King Henry and where it all went wrong. I also enjoyed reading from King Henry's perspective about the whole ordeal and his conflicting views at the time. The views of Anne's mother, the Princess Elizabeth, Jane Seymour, Thomas Cromwell and the swordsman rounded out the story and gave Anne's final moments depth and meaning.

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  Mishker | May 19, 2015 |
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A rendering of the last hour of Anne Boleyn's life, based on actual historical events. Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets of the last hour are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny's stage.

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