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BOOK REVIEW: ROYAL BLOOD
BY RONA SHARON

We hope you enjoy this book review by Jennifer Higgins.





Royal Blood by Rona Sharon is set primarily in the court of King Henry VIII. From the very beginning we are introduced to a few of many characters filled with mystery, secret missions, agendas, love, betrayal, and murder. The novel is resplendent with descriptive prose and one is easily drawn into court life.

This novel of mystery, intrigue, seduction, secrets, betrayal, and love, Begins as a slow dance, where the author introduces the reader to the dizzying array of characters. We learn much about Michael, heir to the Earl of Tyrone, as well as Princess Renee de Valois of France. Michael is sent by his benefactor to the court for the annual St. George's tournament. He falls ill before heading to court and carries with him his secret medication that only he is to know about. Not even his trusted manservant Pippin is aware of Michael's condition and his secret mission. Princess Renee of Valois, caught in a scandal, to spare her life, is being sent to the court for a secret purpose; one Cardinal of Medici is desperate for her to succeed at.

As the dance increases so do the clever cunnings of the royal court, with twist, turns and even more secrets. Michael being known to the court must learn to adapt quickly to the whims, cunning, trickery, and deceit of the court. Princess Renee, a master of cunning, offers her advice to Michael on how the court works. Michael is quickly befriended and also quickly despised; yet he does not understand why he is so despised.

The dances pace quickens as does assignation plots, lover's trysts, friends turning foe, foe turning adversary and the underlying mystery of the Michael and Renee. Michael adapts quickly and finds himself matched whit for whit with the beautiful and cunning Princess Renee. Will he be able to succeed in his mission? Princess Renee almost has to succeed for failure is not an option.

The most dangerous secrets and wild accusations turn Henry VIII's court upside down. The quick pace of the novel, clever plots, and numerous secrets will keep the reader enthralled and not willing to put this book down until the last page, at which time the reader will be left wishing the novel was not over.

REVIEWED BY JENNIFER HIGGINS

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, JENNIFER HIGGINS


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