I’m so pleased to be part of the Random Things Tours Blog tour for The York King by Amy License which continues Edward the Fourth’s story.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Volume two of the House of York Trilogy. Read the review of book One Son of York here
Source: Lume books and Random Things Tours
During the early years of his reign, Edward IV of York battles to bring peace and stability to the country, as Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset, raises support in the north, attempting to return the Lancastrian king, Henry VI, to the throne. The Earl of Warwick pursues a marriage alliance with France, determined to bring about a friendship between the two countries and suppress support for Lancaster. Edward meets Elizabeth Woodville, daughter of a squire, and marries in a secret ceremony. With verbal agreements broken, friendships damaged and old divisions reappearing, Edward finds himself facing new enemies much closer to home.
This is the second book in the House of York Trilogy but you don’t need to have read the Son of York to read the York King,
I couldn’t put The York King down until I finished reading the last page despite the fact I knew exactly what was going to happen. The plot races along with plenty of action, drama and romance. It is hard to believe this is history and not epic fantasy.
I enjoyed reading Son of York by Amy License, historical fiction about the War or the Roses told from mainly from Edward’s perspective. Here is my review.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: House of York ( Book 1)
Source: Kindle Unlimited
I was invited to read the second book of this series as part of a blog tour and couldn’t say no- I love reading books set in this period. I was particularly intrigued as the story was told from Edward’s perspective. Most of the books I have read so far have been from the women (eg Philipa Gregory’s White Princess).
The author does a good job of weaving the complex history and family trees that led to the Duke of York laying claim to the throne leading to the War of the Roses.
This is historical fiction, so there really are no spoilers or twists but I found unable to put the book down even though I knew what was going to happen.
The book is well written and fast-paced even during the parts when politics and strategy were involved. The battles scenes were beautifully written and again I found myself unable to put the book down during these scenes to find out what happens (even though I knew perfectly well).
The book is mainly told from Edward’s perspective with additional scenes from his Father, The Duke of York, and his brother Edmund. Edward is a sympathetic character and his dilemma when making difficult decisions at a young age is well described. Edward’s reputation as a woman’s man is known but in this book, his romance with a local woman is sweet and heart-breaking.
Perfect for fans
Of Historical fiction like Phillipa Gregory who would like a different perspective on the War of Roses.
I look forward to reading Edward’s story after his coronation in the next book The York King.