Owen (The Tudor Trilogy #1) by Tony Riches
Publication Date: July 26, 2015
eBook & Paperback; 318 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, OWEN is the epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience as he changes the course of English history.
England 1422: Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned King of England and France, and while the country simmers on the brink of civil war, Owen becomes her protector.
They fall in love, risking Owen’s life and Queen Catherine’s reputation—but how do they found the dynasty which changes British history – the Tudors?
This is the first historical novel to fully explore the amazing life of Owen Tudor, grandfather of King Henry VII and the great-grandfather of King Henry VIII. Set against a background of the conflict between the Houses of Lancaster and York, which develops into what have become known as the Wars of the Roses, Owen’s story deserves to be told.
Owen – Book One of the Tudor Trilogy is a new addition to story of the Tudors in the historical fiction tradition of C J Sansom, Conn Iggulden, Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel.
My Review: Okay, seriously. If you have spent any amount of time with me at all, be it here on my blog/social media/in real life, you know that I am
crazy about obsessed with all things Tudor Era. What you probably don’t know is that my obsession climbed to the “nth” degree when I found out that I am a descendent of Owen Tudor. So, needless to say, when I discovered that Tony Riches (Tony Riches, you guys. *enter unladylike squeal, here*) had written a book about Owen (and Jasper and Henry!) I absolutely had to have it. And as expected, I was not disappointed.
Tony Riches has this incredible way of fleshing out historical characters, bringing them to life and dragging them smack into the present. I didn’t feel like I had to step back into time to get into Owen’s story; the author brought Owen’s life to me. The historical research done was impeccable, allowing me to escape into the story with ease. I could picture the sights and the scenery, the sounds and politics of court life. The plot moved quickly, with plenty of tense moments, character victories and unforeseen events. My favorite part of the book, however, was the character development. Each character was vividly their own person. And Owen! I absolutely loved getting to know him. I found myself in awe of his strength, his integrity, his compassion, his talent for surviving court life. He was intelligent, had hopes and dreams, made mistakes and followed his heart. He was human and flawed and perfect and I couldn’t put the book down.
I am thrilled that this is a series, because I am not ready to say goodbye to this family.
About the Author
Tony Riches is a full-time writer and lives with his wife in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. After several successful non-fiction books, Tony turned to novel writing and wrote ‘Queen Sacrifice’, set in 10th century Wales, followed by ‘The Shell’, a thriller set in present day Kenya. A specialist in the history of the early Tudors, he is best known for his Tudor Trilogy. Tony’s other international best sellers include ‘Warwick ~ The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses’ and ‘The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham’.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, May 14
Review at 100 Pages a Day (Owen)
Tuesday, May 15
Review at Pursuing Stacie (Owen)
Wednesday, May 16
Guest Post at On the Tudor Trail
Friday, May 18
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit (Jasper)
Monday, May 21
Review at Just One More Chapter (Owen)
Tuesday, May 22
Review at Pursuing Stacie (Jasper)
Thursday, May 24
Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes
Friday, May 25
Review at Donna’s Book Blog (Owen)
Wednesday, May 30
Review at Jaffa Reads Too (Owen)
Friday, June 1
Review at Hoover Book Reviews (Owen)
Monday, June 4
Review at Donna’s Book Blog (Henry)
Tuesday, June 5
Feature at Passages to the Past
Thursday, June 7
Review at Maiden of the Pages (All 3 Books)
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