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Anne Boleyn is accused of adultery and imprisoned in the Tower. The very next day she is due to be executed at the hand of a swordsman. Nothing can change the tragic outcome. England will have a new queen before the month is out. And yet…What if events conspired against Henry VIII and his plans to take a new wife? What if there were things that even Thomas Cromwell couldn’Anne Boleyn is accused of adultery and imprisoned in the Tower. The very next day she is due to be executed at the hand of a swordsman. Nothing can change the tragic outcome. England will have a new queen before the month is out. And yet…What if events conspired against Henry VIII and his plans to take a new wife? What if there were things that even Thomas Cromwell couldn’t control, things which would make it impossible for history to go to plan?The year is 1536.History is about to be changed forever. The old Anne Boleyn is dead.The new Anne is a cold and calculating woman.Between Two Kings....

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  • Ninelle Bainbridge
    2018-11-08 07:26

    Interesting novel, very interesting. I loved it very much! When she is at the Tower, waiting for her death, Anne's emotions are captured well, especially in the run up to what she thinks will be her execution – her pain that Henry betrayed her and their love and her anxiety that she will have to die an innocent traitor. I loved the way Anne was saved and then escaped from England. I welcome the changes in the new Anne Boleyn very well: now she is more cautious and colder, she doesn’t give her emotions a free reign, and this is a right thing to do for her. The revenge plan is a very well-crafted one. I was so happy to see how Henry began to panic when the pamphlets proclaiming Anne’s innocence appeared in England. Yeah, it’s really funny that Henry and all others in England don’t know what is happening, and they have no idea that it’s just the beginning.Highly recommended to all those who love Anne Boleyn and think that she deserved to live.

  • Iset
    2018-11-14 12:17

    I’m in two minds about this book. On the one hand, it has one really strong point to recommend it. But on the other hand, there are some minor niggles that bring it down – several minor niggles which add up. As a result it was a story I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend, but at the same time I can definitely see areas for improvement which I do hope are addressed in the second book.Let’s discuss the book’s great strength first. The big hook of Between Two Kings is that it plays historical What If? Anyone who’s fascinated by history is likely to have wondered to themselves at some point: “What if this event played out differently?” And certain events in history attract this speculation more than others. What if the Roman Empire had not fallen? What if the Allies had not won WW2? What if foreign colonisation of the Americas had never happened? For anyone who’s an aficionado of Tudor England, as I have been for many years, one that often occurs is: What if Anne Boleyn had not been executed? It’s a compelling hook that draws you in, but even better it does so in an unexpected way. The go-to alternative scenario that usually crops up in answer to that question is that Anne successfully gives birth to the son she miscarried, she thus stays queen and is never brought up on charges. But Between Two Kings does something interesting and takes a later point of divergence: what if Anne were discovered to be pregnant just before her execution, and it was a boy? It’s not so simple to puzzle out as the straightforward alternative scenario that most people think of, and sets the stage for a whole lot of intrigue, rivalry, and behind the scenes political manoeuvring.As such, the book does several critical things that make it a real page-turner. It taps into our innate curiosity, the idle wonderings and musings we have. It provides all the interest that a history buff could desire, without us knowing what the ending will be. And it is, at least in part, vengeance wish fulfilment. It satisfies that need for justice to be done and injustice to be punished, the part of Anne Boleyn’s story that bothers and appals us because it offends our sense of fairness. The concept of the book is genius. I read it hungrily, wanting to know what would happen. Well of course I did – it’s a book about the survival of a fascinating historical character unjustly condemned. It brings that fantasy to life, and is deeply indulgent in that way. But it did have a couple of distracting niggles scattered throughout.Proofreading. I don’t know if this was just the kindle edition, but there were irritating typos and places where autocorrect had clearly got a hold of the text and rendered it unreadable. Also the book definitely feels like it finished halfway through. You can have a book series with a bigger overarching plot, but each entry in it should be able to stand on its own. This one doesn’t really have a culmination, and it ends rather abruptly.Another thing was that it draws heavily from The Tudors. Characters would reminisce about specific things that happened in The Tudors, but not in actual history. When I hit the author’s note at the end, she admits this, but I wish it hadn’t been so. For me, the show was something I consumed only because history enthusiasts were starved of good historicals and sometimes you just take what you can get, and I often found the show rather silly and nonsensical. I’d rather a Tudor set novel didn’t perpetuate some of those silly moments like Anne dancing for King Francis or the inaccurate myths that Thomas Boleyn pimped out his daughter and Jane Parker betrayed her in-laws.The biggest problem however was with the style of writing. Often the story told rather than showed. Instead of action happening in a scene, frequently characters just descend into narrative thinking things out, or at most dialogue explaining things to each other. I felt like it was explained that a character felt a certain way instead of getting to see them actually demonstrate this. The cast of characters seemed unnaturally small, and seemed to consist of the three kings having conversations with one or two other characters. As a result the story had a strange ambience that did not feel true to life in its lack of complexity or direct action happening. I would like to see the author grow out of this in the next book, because the level of detail given to actual residences and style of attire clearly indicated that she knows her stuff when it comes to the sites and artefacts of the age. It just lacks a bit of storytelling flair.I have fairly good hopes for the next book, as the story has a really strong hook that is undoubtedly its greatest strength; it just needs polish here and there.7 out of 10.

  • Armand de Vignerot
    2018-11-08 13:31

    This novel is a must-be-read thing for passionate fans of the Tudor and Renaissance period!Although it is an AU in which Anne Boleyn survives and escapes from England beginning her life under a false identity and later marrying the King of France, the plot of the novel flows naturally from history. The author masterfully develops the character of the new Anne Boleyn because the old Anne Boleyn is dead. In this book, Anne finds herself “caught” between the past and the present, between King Henry VIII and King Francis I.The novel is very well-written and very entertaining. It contains the level of suspense that keeps you hanging on for more, awaiting for Anne's revenge. I love the details and descriptions the author gives in this novel! I always love when alternate history novels are as historically accurate as possible. It gives an excellent sense of place and time. Great novel! Waiting for the sequel!

  • Amanda
    2018-10-19 08:13

    Really like this book! Love the story of Anne Boleyn AU. I couldn't wait for the second book and to see Henry Tudor's reaction when he found out about everything and the relationship development between Anne Boleyn and King Francis I.

  • Armand
    2018-10-31 11:29

    I’ve always been interested in books set in the Tudor and Renaissance eras, including alternate history fiction and science fiction. I was happy when Between Two Kings was published more than two years ago. I’m also aware that now Olivia Longueville is working on the revised version of Between Two Kings, and my expectations for this new novel are very high. This alternate history novel about Anne Boleyn offers a fine blend of the lovely writing and the breakthrough plot about Anne’s salvation and her “rebirth” as Queen of France. There is a great mixture of the Tudor and Valois politics, court life, and deadly intrigues in this novel. People who love Anne Boleyn and want to see her life story reimagined by a talented writer should read it. There is an almost perfect harmony between the theme of this book (Anne’s miraculous salvation and her later marriage to King François I of France, Henry VIII’s French archenemy) and many scenes where characters suffer and cry, contemplate life choices and their mistakes, fall in love and out of love and experience passion, make plans for the future and weave intrigues, and act in different settings. In the original version, the prose was quite lyrical, sensitive, and always fresh, but in many scenes, the writing style was too descriptive. The pacing was rather slow, sometimes the dialog was a little stilted, and not enough happened to advance the revenge plot. Nevertheless, I loved the whole novel and the innovative plot, and to me, that was a marvelous read, one I would highly recommend to all Anne Boleyn fans. The revised version of Between Two Kings is quite different from the original version. Most of the novel was rewritten and heavily edited, and it was greatly improved. I’m aware that in the revised version, the author chose to be less lyrical and to make her writing clearer and less whimsical, as well as more dynamic. The new twists and turns in the revised version are like a scaffolding erected on top of the novel’s basic structure. The prose is still magnificent, even though sometimes less poetic, and certain scenes remain descriptive, though not over-descriptive; the pacing is faster, less repetitious, and more intense. The scenes which didn’t move the plot forward were taken out. In my opinion, the changes in the author’s writing style and many other changes have dramatically improved the novel, and I am sure that these alterations will be appreciated by readers. Now we have to wait for the new novel’s publication.

  • Regan
    2018-11-04 14:38

    I've been fascinated by Anne Boleyn since I was a child and am an avid reader of any book about her that I can get my hands on.As excellent as some of them are, almost every book about Anne Boleyn has a drawback in common: the ending. I know that it's coming but it doesn't keep me from reaching for tissues or from wishing that both the real Anne Boleyn and her fictional counterparts could have had a happier fate."Between Two Kings" takes Anne on a different path, away from the scaffold, away from England, and away from Henry VIII, giving her a second chance at life and love. It's a wonderful change from the usual novels about Anne, one that will keep readers guessing, and one that I highly recommend to anybody with an interest in this period of history and Anne Boleyn, especially those who share my wish that her story could have ended differently.

  • Chele Kispert
    2018-10-31 06:13

    Olivia! Give me more!!! What a great story. The very best "what if" Anne book I've read. The other reviews say there will be more. How do I get on a pre-order list, so that as soon as it prints, I get my copy? Wow I truly liked this one. The writing is fantastic. Only found 3 editing mistakes. Not the authors fault, she did a great job. As a reader of Boleyn fiction and non-fiction, this was one of the best written. A very easy read. It just flows. If I keep going, words like wonderful, fantastic, and brilliant will just keep coming. Thank you! Please do more!!

  • Shannon
    2018-10-18 10:20

    This book had a promising storyline, and was an AU that still managed to stick roughly to historical canon. The blurb was great, I really looked forward to it, and then I got to the end of the book and went what? Where is the rest? Then I found out this book will be continued by a series, which made made my question void. Something that slightly annoyed me about this book was the spoon-feeding language we were given. I certainly wouldn't expect the author to be writing in the actual style, but you have to get a bit suspicious when a royal prostitute goes, "Great!" Great? Was this even a word in the 16th century? Did royal prostitutes speak in the way we do today? No. Back to the spoon-feeding language, "Francois felt sad." Anne did this. Francois did that. In quite a few places after the first third of the book, the reader is literally handed the dialogue and action. Do we really need to be told Francois felt sad? Anyone reading the level of historical fiction would assume the reader was capable of working that out for themselves, from writing thats a bit more sophisticated. So, in short - great storyline idea, absolutely loved that. The originality surprised me. Will be pleased to see the rest of the series, whenever it may appear.

  • Adrienne Dillard
    2018-10-18 08:14

    As much as I love stories about Anne Boleyn, we know the ending is always (unfortunately) the same...so I've been waiting for a book like Olivia's to come along. Between Two Kings is a beautiful reimaging of what Anne's life might have been like had she escaped her dreadful fate at the business end of a French sword. I was surprised and delighted by the journey the author set Anne off on and I thoroughly enjoyed the important role that Francis I played. Olivia's love for the French Court is evident and it's clear that she did her research! The scenes are filled with rich details that bring the sixteenth century alive and the author's version of Anne is complex and sympathetic without being portrayed as a saint. I appreciated the well-rounded characterization of Mary Boleyn and Jane Seymour and found myself hungry for more from their perspective. Olivia's debut is a breath of fresh air and I eagerly await her next offering to see how this marvelous story plays out!

  • Ninelle Bainbridge
    2018-10-24 14:16

    Interesting novel, very interesting.When she is in the Tower, waiting for her death, Anne's emotions are captured well, especially in the run up to what she thinks will be her execution – her pain that Henry betrayed her and their love and her anxiety that she will have to die an innocent traitor. I loved the way Anne was saved and then escaped from England. I welcome the changes in the new Anne Boleyn very well: now she is more cautious and colder, she doesn’t give her emotions a free reign, and this is a right thing to do for her. The revenge plan is a very well-crafted one. I was so happy to see how Henry began to panic when the pamphlets proclaiming Anne’s innocence appeared in England. Yeah, it’s really funny that Henry and all others in England don’t know what is happening, and they have no idea that it’s just the beginning.Highly recommended to all those who love Anne Boleyn and think that she deserved to live.

  • Nick Sweet
    2018-10-16 10:37

    This is what alternate history fiction should be like. Believable. So often, the Tudors are combined with elements of the fantastic and the horrible. And true, that has its place. But its rare to find a gem that so artfully weaves a what if story together that you could see it happening in real life. That is what "Between Two Kings" is. A real gem. For those who have read Laura Andersen's "The Boleyn Trilogy", it deals with the idea that Anne Boleyn gave birth to a son and remained at the Tudor Court. This book deals with the idea that Anne Boleyn gives birth in the Tower of London, and circumstances take over from there. I am eagerly awaiting the second installment, "Queen's Revenge."

  • Jessica Trapani
    2018-10-23 07:22

    I thought it would be interesting to see an alternate history with Anne Boleyn, unfortunately the writing left much to be desired. It was written in a fashion akin to the way a fifth grader composes a book report, short choppy sentences with minimal vocabulary. Not great. After the first chapter I felt that every sentence was a punishment "Anne thought this" "Francois did that" "Percy didn't like Henry" I finished it only because to leave a book unfinished bothers me, the plot seemed to have everything a historical fiction reader could desire, unfortunately the plot becomes secondary to the language. Better luck next time.

  • Bettye McKee
    2018-10-16 07:38

    A "what if" storyThe author has presented a far from factual but immensely satisfying story about Anne Boleyn. What if Anne escaped death at the hands of King Henry VIII and was smuggled out of England?Ms. Longueville uses historical facts and events to create an alternative life for Anne Boleyn following her planned execution. I found the story fascinating and intriguing as I followed Anne's escape and the adventures that followed.My deduction of one star is for more than ten errors in the book, such as "bearing her bosom" and "Had Henry feet this kind of pain?"

  • Mary Walterman
    2018-10-25 13:26

    This book is an interesting twist on Anne Boleyn's story. I love that Anne lives and she seeks to avenge her reputation while getting even with HenryVIII. A quick!y moving story that is also historically interesting and filled with twists to history that are quite possible. I loved this book!I would recommend this book to any lovers of Tudor times and especially Anne Boleyn. This is a bit of alternate history done in a very believable manner.

  • Roger Scott
    2018-11-05 07:33

    Subjunctive history at it's best.Highly recommended this imaginative and well written tale of what could have happened if Anne Boleyn escaped from being executed and lived to take her revenge on those who brought her down . Look forward to reading the next book in this series.

  • Carol
    2018-10-26 07:13

    I could not put this down. A very plausible what if? Anne saved from the executioners hand by a well thought out plot. Flees from England to a new life and becomes? You have to read it to find out. I am eagerly waiting the next book.

  • Melissa
    2018-10-18 09:36

    Things to think aboutPretty cool take on alternative history. I like how she tried to stay close to actual historical events. This made the story more believable.

  • Queen Anne Boleyn
    2018-11-02 12:27

    A great take on what might have happened if Anne had survived.

  • Tara Keating
    2018-10-27 09:08

    Excellent story, very well written and description of anne boleyn and the change from old Anne Boleyn and the new Queen of France was excellent

  • Teresa Dowson
    2018-11-10 08:38

    I really enjoyed this. Having read a lot about the Tudors both fictional and nom fiction I found this an interesting and absorbing twist to a famous tale, and it really drew me in. Very good read!

  • Terelyn Marks
    2018-11-06 06:21

    Speculative history. What if Anne Boleyn hadn't been executed -- and Henry believed she had been -- and she was able to get out of England. What might have happened then?

  • Paulina (The Little Book Pixie)
    2018-11-01 12:24

    Review to come!Please tell me there is a second book!!

  • Stacy
    2018-11-08 13:09

    Any alternative history where Anne Boleyn lives is good for me!

  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)
    2018-10-23 12:31

    DNF at 31%I am basically like everyone else who read this book. I wanted it for the blurb. My beloved Anne survives somehow, then goes and marries King Francis I of France? Hell yes! But, sadly, I was disappointed. What is this? Three Tudor historical fiction books in a row that I've DNFed. So, I'm really bummed, especially for this one since it was so awesome and completely unique. That's basically the only reason I gave it two stars.The problems I had were ones I thought I could brush aside when I started. The writing. Oh my god does it read like a first time author who could just have used a bit more editing. Seriously. I can remember something for a good few pages. It doesn't need to be repeated every single chapter. I can hold onto something that long. Then, along with the writing, the dialogue definitely isn't even trying at period accuracy. At one point I remember staring at the screen of my Kindle for a good long moment, trying to figure out what was wrong with what I'd just read before finally realizing that it was the word choice that bothered me. Another piece with the writing is showing versus telling. Everyone who's taken a writing course has heard that. The author loves telling, then showing what she just told. Half these problems could have been fixed with a good editor.Another issue I had was more with characters. While I loved how she made Anne in this, I wasn't a huge fan of other points of view. Why do I care about Henry and what he's doing? Why do I care about Francis? Is Cromwell really that important? And, did I need a whole chapter of basically being told about the animosity between Cromwell and Anne? Probably not since it didn't even happen in the beginning, where it would have made sense to put Cromwell and Henry discussing what to do with Anne. It could have been narrowed down to one POV, just Anne's, or three, Anne, Henry, and Francis.Trust me, I really wanted to like this. I pushed through it thinking I could handle it. However, I could not. Especially when I heard that this book that is around five hundred pages -- according to Goodreads and Amazon -- will be a series.

  • Norma Kroata
    2018-11-01 12:11

    This was a lovely, sweet, well written, and original Olivia Longueville novella by an author that didn’t disappoint me. I have long wanted to read a good alternate history novel about Anne Boleyn, but I didn’t like what we have on the market. The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen is a great trilogy, but it is about Anne and Henry’s son, not about Anne Boleyn. Between Two Kings is a novel about Anne Boleyn’s survival and many other events.Anne Boleyn has been left heartbroken and bereft after King Henry VIII refused to believe that she is carrying his child. Anne spends in the Tower months, and she gives birth to a son whom she names Arthur after Henry’s brother Arthur Tudor. But Anne doesn’t die—she is saved by her father, Thomas Boleyn, and her former sweetheart, Henry Percy. Anne saves the life of King Francis I of France, and they marry in secret and team up in their quest for revenge against Henry and their other enemies.FINAL DECISION: Amusing, original, and clever, this novel made me smile and I enjoyed it very much. This novel will make for a pleasant read for those who love the Tudor history and want to imagine an alternate scenario where Anne doesn’t die. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

  • Armand de Vignerot
    2018-10-20 07:33

    I read the first edition of the novel, and I bought this book when I discovered that it was re-published. This is an amazing novel. The second addition is better. Thank you so much for writing it!This novel is a must-be-read thing for passionate fans of the Tudor period.This is a great AU that re-imagines Anne Boleyn's life. What if Anne survived and escaped from England, starting a new thrilling life full of adventures and plans for revenge on King Henry VIII of England. Later, Anne Boleyn saves King Francis I's life and marries him for political reasons in secret.The plot of the novel flows organically and naturally from history and the Tudors. I haven’t expected that all the characters in this novel are portrayed so close to their real historical personalities. I love the details and descriptions the author gives in this novel.Great novel! Waiting for the second novel!

  • Selina
    2018-10-25 09:35

    I liked the premise of the book. It was interesting enough, a nice change from the other AUs about Anne Boleyn and and an easy read. I do have some points of criticism, though.• The dialogues were a little wooden at times. There was one in particular where Francis was talking to his sister, and the dialogue went on like this for at least one page: "[Insert sentence]", [insert synonym for 'said'] [insert name].• The characters felt a little one-dimensional.• Some parts were unnecessarily lengthy, while others were almost too short.• The author perpetuated stereotypes I would have loved to see refuted: Jane Parker was unhappy in her marriage to George Boleyn and hated him; Jane Seymour was witless and naive.• There wasn't really a climax in this book.All in all, it was still an entertaining read and it is very likely that I will be reading the next book once it is released.

  • Rose Jennifer
    2018-10-31 06:32

    I've loved Anne Boleyn since I was a girl, and I love to read novels when she survives and has a different end. The book is brilliant--every twist is explained and every emotion is described. There is a balance between lyrical and hard components in the author's writing style. I enjoyed this book.

  • Elisem007
    2018-11-12 06:18

    Vivid, well researched and entertainingA wonderful imagining of what Anne's life could have been had she escaped execution. My only criticism is there is a lot more telling than showing.

  • Vickie
    2018-10-20 07:20

    It was a delightful tale. I enjoyed reading it.