Advance reader reviews of The Tudor Secret by C. W. Gortner.

The Tudor Secret

The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles

By C. W. Gortner

The Tudor Secret
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2011,
    352 pages.

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  • Cheryl W. (Faribault, Mn)


    Tudor disappointment
    I found this book unappealing. Also I think this is a republish of another book title. I struggled to enjoy the characters and found myself skimming through this book.
  • Trezeline B. (Columbia, MD)


    What a Wonderful Read!
    Mystery, lies and deceit keep the reader captivated while eagerly turning pages. One spy, decides to spy for another purpose and finally becomes very interested in finding his own origins which are all tied up in the the plot. It is difficult to put this book down. While reading, you actually learn some of the history of England, which I always find fascinating.
  • Jane A. (Lakeport, Ca)


    ....a fanciful imagination...
    The Tudor Secret is a swashbuckling story embroidered superficially on the rich tapestry of England after the reign of Henry VIII. My personal feeling is that this period of history needs no such embellishment. For those who enjoy a fast-paced hypothetical romp thru English history, this book is just the ticket.
  • Judith M. (San Diego, CA)


    The Tudor Secret - History & Mystery
    I have not read very much in the historical fiction genre, at least not in this time period. That said, I found that I was engrossed in the story right from the start. While not a fabulously written book, it is fun, fast paced and a really good read.
  • Carol T. (Ankeny, Iowa)


    The Tudor Secret
    Interesting point of view -- a young male servant -- and good feel for the times in the pacing and language, but a little unbelievable that a young servant would so quickly become enmeshed in intrigue, particularly when the young Princess Elizabeth knows so very well that her life is at stake.
  • Sharon A. (Gainesville, FL)


    Secrets to Tell
    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The style of writing was easy to follow, the characters interesting, the twists & turns of the plot kept my attention. The book is a mix of history & fiction & I appreciated the author's clarification of this at the end of the story. I'm not normally a fan of this time period, but really enjoyed the story. I would read another book by this author in the future. I'll certainly share my copy with friends along with my positive recommendation.
  • Elizabeth L. (Salem, Oregon)


    Not His Best
    The premise of the book - behind the scenes Tudor England between Henry VIII and Elizabeth I - is very promising and the book is well written. However I found it off putting that the main character - a squire - would be introduced to so many luminaries and become part of their plots in just a few hours (literally). Perhaps this will be less jarring as the series continues.

    I do recommend Gortner's other books, particularly The Last Queen.
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