The Virgin's War (Tudor Legacy #3)
Ballantine / July 12, 2016 / $16.00 print, $11.99 digital
The Tudor Legacy series continues with Laura Andersen’s The Virgin’s War. Even though this is the third (and final?) book, there is enough background information provided so that you don’t need to read the first two. However, I highly recommend reading the first two—or better yet—start with the Boleyn King Trilogy first. You’ll get a richer history and background of the characters and storylines.
The Virgin’s War is everything I love about period pieces. There’s plot twists, intricate political liaisons, romance, and eloquent prose. Woven throughout the story of Queen Elizabeth and King Philip’s intellectual showdown are romantic storylines of three of the four Courtenay siblings. Stephen and twins Philippa (Pippa) and Christopher (Kit) are the children of Dominic and Minuette Courtenay. Minuette is a long-time confidante to the Queen. Likewise, Pippa serves in Princess Anabel’s (Anne) court as her dearest friend. For those of you not abreast of the series, Princess Anabel is the re-imagined what-if daughter of Queen Elizabeth I and King Philip II of Spain. With The Virgin’s War, Elizabeth and Philip are separated and Princess Anabel is enmeshed in a political scheme between her parents that could alter the fate of England.
But onto the romance!