Thursday, July 2, 2015

Book Review: Rising Phoenix By Hunter S. Jones

Rising Phoenix By Hunter S. Jones Review

When I first saw this book on The Readers Hollow, I knew I had to read it. (Thanks to Erin from Readers Hollow for giving me a chance to review this book) ever since 4th grade I've had a slight obsession with Henry VIII and his wives, especially Anne Boleyn, so I was excited to read Rising Phoenix. I started this book on my flight and finished it about two hours later, so this book is a nice quick read.

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Published by MadeGlobal Publishing (May 19, 2015)
Pages: 106
Source: Received Ebook from Author  

The last hour of Anne Boleyn's life...

Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets of the last hour are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny's stage.

A young Anne Boleyn arrives at the court of King Henry VIII. She is to be presented at the Shrovetide pageant, le Ch√Ęteau Vert. The young and ambitious Anne has no idea that a chance encounter before the pageant will lead to her capturing the heart of the king. What begins as a distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction.

Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment... the execution of a queen. The history of England will be changed for ever.

Rating

★★★★★

Favorite  Quote

"I knew Henry would come for me! My Henry. I am his beloved Anne. Ours is a love which time will never erase."

I really enjoyed Rising Phoenix, even thought I've read a lot of historical fiction based on Anne Bolyen, I'd never really seen a book quite like this one. Most books on Anne Bolyen don't normally focus on her execution. After all it is a very difficult topic, however, I think this book handled it rather well. The story is told through many points of view including, King Henry VIII, Princess Mary, Jane Seymour, Elizabeth Howard Boleyn (Anne's mother) the executioner, and Anne Bolyen herself. I enjoyed reading from all the point of views, I think it helped build a solid story and it was interesting to see other people's views on Anne's execution. I love how Hunter Jones weaved a little magic into this tale, I especially enjoyed the omens the author hid in the story.

Most books, documentaries and TV shows often portray Jane as an innocent, vitreouse women the complete opposite of how Anne Bolyen is portrayed. She is normally shown as a scheming, selfless, social climber, but one has to wonder whether the roles where actually reversed in some fashion. After all I have to believe that Anne Bolyen really loved Henry and as the book and history states the case brought before Anne Bolyen was deeply flawed and only one man accused of adultery with the queen confessed, but even that was influenced by torture. And Jane Seymour probably had her own share of scheming to catch Henry's eye, even if she didn't plan for Henry to fall in love with her she was perfectly fine with having a relationship with a married man so I don't know if she was really all that sweet... I was happy to finally find a book that didn't show Anne as a Heartless women who only married Henry for power.

Phoenix Rising was an interesting  take on the last hours of Anne Bolyen's life, while this book isn't a real record, I think the author got as close as possible. I recommend this book for anyone looking for a well written, quick dip into history. Phoenix Rising was beautifully written and a joy to read, I would definitely considering reading any future books of Hunter Jones's.