FATAL THRONE: THE WIVES OF HENRY VIII TELL ALL by M. T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, and Deborah Hopkinson
Schwartz & Wade
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought:
A candid glimpse into the lives and minds of the Queens who passed through Henry VIII’s life.

History is doomed to repeat itself and in Henry VIII’s case, this statement could not be more true. FATAL THRONE is the stories of the women who were in and out of the King’s bed throughout the course of his life.


What is so great about this book is the reader gets the women’s perspective. I greedily collected all the juicy tidbits, the impressions each Queen had of the other wives, and the struggles each dealt with having to prove themselves to Henry and those around him. As an added bonus, the reader is treated to a few moments from Henry’s perspective. Though I didn’t need this in the collection, it was a nice break to see what the man who tied all these women together would have been thinking.

Each of the authors who depicted the one of the six wives did a wonderful job at embodying a different voice from the woman who came before her. Having seven authors write this book enhanced the experience. It is just my humble opinion, but if one author would have written this, I don’t think I would have gotten such a sense of the individuality within these historic figures.

Now, this is a young adult title, so for those who are looking for something like WOLF HALL or an exact representation of the language at the time during Henry’s rule, this may not be your book. It is however, a great read for adults as well as teens. In fact, I think this is a perfect way to get young girls (and boys too) interested in this time period. By creating relatable voices for these women, the authors made them come alive in the pages. Their hopes, dreams, and emotions are all wonderfully displayed in this collection.


Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The tragic lives of Henry VIII and his six wives are reimagined by seven acclaimed and bestselling authors in this riveting novel, perfect for fans of Wolf Hall and Netflix's The Crown .

He was King Henry VIII, a charismatic and extravagant ruler obsessed with both his power as king and with siring a male heir.

They were his queens--six ill-fated women, each bound for divorce, or beheading, or death.

Watch spellbound as each of Henry's wives attempts to survive their unpredictable king and his power-hungry court. See the sword flash as fiery Anne Boleyn is beheaded for adultery. Follow Jane Seymour as she rises from bullied court maiden to beloved queen, only to die after giving birth. Feel Catherine Howard's terror as old lovers resurface and whisper vicious rumors to Henry's influential advisors. Experience the heartache of mothers as they lose son after son, heir after heir. 

Told in stirring first-person accounts, Fatal Throne is at once provocative and heartbreaking, an epic tale that is also an intimate look at the royalty of the most perilous times in English history.

Who's Who:
M. T. Anderson - Henry VIII
Candace Fleming - Katharine of Aragon
Stephanie Hemphill - Anne Boleyn
Lisa Ann Sandell - Jane Seymour
Jennifer Donnelly - Anna of Cleves
Linda Sue Park - Catherine Howard
Deborah Hopkinson - Kateryn Parr

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About the Authors:

M. T. Anderson is the author of Feed, winner of the LA Times Book Prize, and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, winner of the National Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and a Printz Honor. Residence: Cambridge, MA

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of These Shallow Graves, Revolution, and A Northern Light, winner of the Carnegie Medal, the LA Times Book Prize, and a Printz Honor. Residence: Hudson Valley, NY

Candace Fleming is the author of The Family Romanov, winner of the LA Times Book Prize and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; Amelia Lost; and The Lincolns. Residence: Oak Park, IL

Stephanie Hemphill is the author of Your Own, Sylvia, a Printz Honor winner, and Wicked Girls, an LA Times Book Prize Finalist. Residence: Naperville, IL

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and an ALA-YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist. Residence: Portland, OR

Linda Sue Park is the author of A Single Shard, winner of the Newbery Medal, and the bestselling A Long Walk to Water. Residence: Western NY

Lisa Ann Sandell is the author of A Map of the Known World, Song of the Sparrow, and The Weight of the Sky. Residence: New York, NY

Book Details:

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (May 1, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1524716197
ISBN-13: 978-1524716196

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