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Royal Blood by Rona Sharon

May 10th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Anna at FSB Associates for the opportunity to review this book.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars

Description: In the Tudor Court of 1518, your friends and enemies can be one and the same…During the annual celebration of the Order of the Garter, Sir Michael Devereaux arrives in King Henry VIII’s court on a mission for his benefactor. The celebration’s endless feats and sumptuous women delight the charismatic newcomer, who becomes captivated by the enigmatic Princess Renee of France. But evil, it seems, has followed Michael to the court. Shortly after his arrival, an unknown killer claims several victims, including the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, and the powerful Cardinal Wolsey asks Michael to help with the investigation. As he searches for the killer, Michael is haunted by disturbing images of the victims – flashes of violence that lead him to doubt his own sanity. Michael soon realizes that the key to solving the crime is connected to both the Pope’s Imperial vault in Rome and a mystery from Michael’s own past – revealing a secret that is so damning, it could forever alter the future of mankind.

See the book trailer here.

First off I have to say I loved this cover.  Second, from reading the description you would have no clue about a major factor in the plot of this book.  As you read Michael Devereaux’s story I had an inkling of what was to come but it was still a surprise when the secret was finally revealed.  I thought the first quarter or so of the book was interesting and the last couple hundred pages were great.  I did think the book could have been much shorter though as the middle really seemed to drag along.

I seem to be on a Tudor court kick lately without meaning to.  It’s great because so far none of the books are the same and each has had it’s own interesting story.  Renee’s character is complex and intriguing.  Michael did not grab me as much but the over arching story was worth the read.  Stop here if you don’t want to know the secret the book description doesn’t mention.




When Michael kept needing to drink the special potion to keep away the “sweating sickness” he contracted I began to think he sounded like a fledgling vampire but thought “nah, never heard of a vampire story taking place in the court of Henry VIII”.  Then when it is finally confirmed it still seemed odd to me.  I really liked Sharon’s take on vampires, their origins and the part they played in human history.  I just wish this book was about 200 pages shorter.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Historical Fiction

2 Responses

  1. Marcy

    I just finished reading Royal Blood and loved it! I thought the book was a real page turner. I agree that it slowed down a bit in the second quarter, but it was worth it. The second half of the book was amazing. I found Michael’s and Renee’s love story to be extremely compelling and the sex scenes were HOT!!!

    I especially enjoyed the incredible historical detail and the fascinating characters in this book.

  2. dsuzuki

    LOL. Yes, the last half was definitely worth it. Just wish it didn’t drag so much in the middle.

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