by H. M. 1970- Castor

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I was totally engrossed in this historical fiction novel.  It’s the story of Henry VIII, who was king of England in the early 1500’s.  He’s best known for having six wives but there’s so much more to his life.  Henry VIII, known in the book as Hal, tells his story in the first person.  Through Hal’s eyes we get the sense of his life as he changes from a fairly normal boy to a ruthless tyrant.   The book is realistic and historical but there is one strange, almost supernatural element.  Hal sees the ghost of a boy at important stages of his life.  The ghost becomes more cadaverous and ragged as Hal descends further into madness.

If you like historical fiction and especially if you are interested in the Tudor history of England, you’ll enjoy VIII.

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