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Upon the death of Mary I (Bloody Mary), Elizabeth I takes the throne and Brendan Prescott is called to aid the young queen amid a realm plunged into chaos and a court rife with conspiracyLondon, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and 25-year old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth’s intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the youngUpon the death of Mary I (Bloody Mary), Elizabeth I takes the throne and Brendan Prescott is called to aid the young queen amid a realm plunged into chaos and a court rife with conspiracyLondon, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and 25-year old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth’s intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and arch-rival, Robert Dudley. A poison attempt on Elizabeth soon overshadows her coronation, but before Brendan can investigate, Elizabeth summons him in private to dispatch him on a far more confidential mission: to find her favored lady in waiting, Lady Parry, who has disappeared during a visit to her family manor in Yorkshire. Upon his arrival at the desolate sea-side manor where Lady Parry was last seen, he encounters a strange, impoverished family beset by grief, as well as mounting evidence that they hide a secret from him. The mystery surrounding Lady Parry deepens as Brendan begins to realize there is far more going on at the manor than meets the eye, but the closer he gets to the heart of the mystery in Vaughn Hall, the more he learns that in his zeal to uncover the truth, he could be precipitating Elizabeth’s destruction. From the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the deadly underworld of London, Brendan must race against time to unravel a vendetta that will strike at the very core of his world—a vendetta that could expose a buried past and betray everything he has fought for, including his loyalty to his queen....

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The Tudor Vendetta Reviews

  • Jenna
    2019-04-26 22:57

    This is an amazing story set in the first months of Elizabeth I's succession to the English thrown. However, it is not told from her point-of-view but from Brendan Prescott- her personal private eye who in some ways is very much connected to the Tudor lineage as well. With an underlying theme being secrets, it is Queen Elizabeth who seems to be playing a game of chess and using Brendan as her personal pawn to aid in disclosing her most cherished secret that could be her ruin if it were to come to light. She doesn't divulge her secret to Brendan but has enough faith in him to play his moves accurately in order to preserve the queen in the end. He goes into her mission blind and discovers the truth about her each step of the way and plays his pieces accordingly.I have read so many books based around the Tudor family that I honestly wasn't sure that this book was going to hold my interest but I was thrilled when my expectations were exceeded and I had difficulty putting the book down. The author, C. W. Gortner, has a natural gift of storytelling that never takes you out of the book and it was so easy for me to get lost in the pages. One thing that particularly stood out for me, and that I enjoy when I can find great authors, is how he was able to set the mood with such ease through conversations and the characters actions instead of endless descriptives. It was amazing when Brendan went to the Vaughan household how I could just visualize a dark and depressing place where it seemed that the sun would never shine.This is a very quick and fun read. I highly recommend it!

  • Michelle (True Book Addict)
    2019-04-26 23:11

    In the final book of the Spymaster Chronicles trilogy, Elizabeth I has finally ascended to the throne. However, Brendan Prescott's job of protecting her is no less crucial at this stage in the game. As William Cecil states, "She's less safe now than she ever was." Gortner has a definite skill of bringing the reader right into the story. I felt like I was part of it, like I was seeing the action through Brendan's eyes. And I must touch on Robert Dudley in the context of this series. Never have I read him portrayed as such an utter miscreant. Oddly though, it fits. Perhaps it's because the reader can't help but adore Brendan and so, any enemy of his...well, you get the idea. The great thing about the Spymaster Chronicles is we get the perfect combination of thoroughly researched historical fiction and intriguing historical mystery. The treacherous times of Tudor/Elizabethan England are brought to the page palpably. The effect for the reader is exciting, edge-of-the-seat reading.I have said this before and I'll say it again. Gortner should be one of your go-to authors for historical fiction. If you have not read his books, you really must...and soon. I recommend you start where I did, with his incomparable novel about Juana the Mad, The Last Queen. And then, don't stop there.

  • Erin
    2019-05-12 18:02

    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....I discovered C.W. Gortner entirely by accident. I'd accepted an offer to review The Queen's Vow and The Tudor Conspiracy as part of two coinciding book tours and quickly fell in love with his work which is why I didn't stop to think when offered the opportunity to review The Tudor Vendetta. I simply said yes and jumped into the third installment of the Spymaster Chronicles.As with its predecessor, I was struck by the complex intrigue Gortner created and his ability to surprise readers with unforeseeable twists and turns. This is no small achievement, but it takes on special significance when one recognizes how much Tudor literature is on the market. It is a very popular period and it's rare to find someone who can infuse a story with as much originality and imagination as Gortner. Another thing I love about this book is how natural it felt. The author has a very keen understanding of court life and how tangled loyalties might have become as the crown passed from one head to the next. Blending this concept into the fabric of his fiction, the reader can recognize a tangible uncertainty in many of Brendan Prescott's relationships and in turn develop an authentic understanding of the precariousness of his position. Though I appreciate many of the characters, I actually found Dudley the most interesting. I've never been particularly fond of him, but Gortner's interpretation proved something an exception. Details would spoil the story so you'll have to read the book to understand what I'm getting at, but suffice it to say Gortner's multifaceted caricature exceeded my expectations.Though slow to start, I very much enjoyed the time I spent with this piece. There is an air of suspicion about it and glorious deception that keeps the reader on their toes up till the final page. Highly recommended as both a standalone and series read.

  • Maria
    2019-04-30 19:14

    I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. I received no additional compensation for my opinion of the reading material provided.A fan of British history, especially history tied to their colorful kings, I choose to read and review The Tudor Vendetta by C.W. Gortner, even though I had not read the first two books in the trilogy. Fortunately I was able to read and enjoy this book on its own, though I did have a bit of a learning curve when it came to the some of the characters. Filled with the pageantry of the past, a mystery that needs to be solved while keeping Queen Elizabeth I safe, and a touch of romance, Mr. Gortner’s book kept me turning the page from start to finish.A secret agent for Princess Elizabeth, Brendon Prescott has just returned from exile with Sir Francis Wallsingham. Now that Elizabeth will be Queen, Brendon plans to continue keeping the Elizabeth safe and keeping the truth about his birth secret. He also hopes to reconcile with Lady Kate, one of Elizabeth’s ladies in waiting. Only nothing goes according to his plans and Brendon soon finds himself sent on a secret assignment to locate Lady Parry, Elizabeth’s most trusted and favorite lady in waiting. He also finds himself having to contend with the hatred and suspicion of people in Elizabeth’s inner circle, and Sir Robert Dudley in particular. Mr. Gortner does a good job developing Brendon’s character, though I have to admit that there were a few times when I felt he was whinny and when he did things that were extremely naïve for a spy. Overall Brendon is a man devoted to serving his Queen and his country – and it’s based on more than just duty and honor. Brendon does grow as a character, and as a spy, throughout the book and the man he is at the end is not the man he was at the beginning. The pace is fairly even throughout the book, though it does start out rather slowly. The action definitely picks up mid-way through the book and we get to see Brendon at his best. Mr. Gortner also does a good job developing the secondary characters and incorporating the mystery of why Lady Parry has gone missing into the story. He lets us know from the start it’s tied to some of the intrigue taking place at court and a whopper of a secret Elizabeth herself has. I especially enjoyed getting to know Shelton, a man from Brendon’s past who becomes Brendon’s “employee” when Brendon is sent to Vaughn Hall to try to locate Lady Parry. I also liked Nan, Shelton’s girlfriend/lover, a young boy named Raff, who is tied to the mystery, and Lady Kate, who is a very forgiving woman. Will Brendon be able to carry out Elizabeth’s task in time? Will he and Kate ever be able to leave court and have a regular life? You’ll have to read The Tudor Vendetta to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Mr. Gortner’s work.

  • Jacqie
    2019-05-05 22:08

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This is the third book in the Spymaster Chronicles, and I confess I have not read the first two. Looks like the first book was written back in 2004, and the author came back to make it a series in 2013, only naming the trilogy at that time while renaming the first book which was originally called "The Secret Lion". I think that "Spymaster Chronicles" is something of a misnomer, because as far as I can tell, our main character is only beginning his training as a spy in this book. The book starts off with a bang, literally- a steamy sex scene that goes awry. Quite the beginning, but afterwards I was not drawn in, and ended up skimming the last half of the book. There's a lot of set-up. Our main character, Brendan Prescott, is asked first to protect Queen Elizabeth, and then to investigate for her. There's lots of interpersonal drama- Robert Dudley hates Brendan for some reason- and lots of talking which seemed to me a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. The first hundred pages of the book seemed to have almost nothing to do with the later portion, and the initial set-up gets flung by the wayside. The pace of the book was quick, but I never bought into the urgency that the author was trying to create. There are a LOT of books about the Tudor period in history. I'm not sure this one added enough new to be worth my while reading more. Setting was minimal, and I do love a good setting description to "place" me more firmly in the historical period that I'm reading about. So the things I read for- setting and good characterization that make me rethink what I know about that period in history- were lacking.

  • T.B. Markinson
    2019-05-18 20:13

    I enjoy historical fiction, but I haven’t read too many that take place during Queen Elizabeth’s time. And the fact that this one revolved around a mystery and a secret agent piqued my curiosity. When I think of spies the first thing that comes to mind is the Cold War. But spies have been used for centuries.This novel is the third in the series, but it’s the first one that I’ve read. In the beginning I felt a bit lost since characters and events from the previous novels were mentioned quite a bit. However, once I settled into the story and felt like I had a decent handle on what had transpired in the first two I was at ease.Once I got halfway through the book I refused to put it down before I finished. It starts off a bit slow, but when the action picked up it didn’t stop until the end. I liked the main character Brendon for the most part. At times I felt he was a bit naïve for a trained secret agent and that the author set it up this way to make certain plot points work.The author proves that he’s quite comfortable describing life and creating characters during the Tudor time period. I wonder how much research he’s done and my guess is he’s done quite a bit. I loved all of the historical tidbits and never felt like the author slipped into a different time period with his language or descriptions. I hate when that happens in historical fiction.This novel has quite a lot going for it: mystery, romance, brave characters and characters that you love to hate. It was a fun read and I would recommend it to those who like this type of story. And now I’m really curious to read the series from the start.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-28 19:25

    This was a good read; fast-paced and intriguing enough to hold my attention throughout. I have not read the others in the series but I believe that I will now that I've gotten to know the characters.This novel isn't on the same level as some of Gortner's other novels--'The Queen's Vow' and 'The Last Queen' are two of my absolute favorites--but then again it is a different kind of novel. Although historical in it's context and with it's inclusion of figures such as Queen Elizabeth I and William Cecil, it is otherwise a fictional tale comprising of fictional characters who take part in fictional events. Well written and interesting events yes, but not historically factual. Having said that, every now and again I very much enjoy reading an historical fiction novel such as this: less of an 'epic' novel and more of a fun, easy-to-read story. This was an historical mystery full of intrigue, perfect for a day curled on the sofa.(As a side note, this novel reminds me of Sara Poole's 'Poisoner' novels in many ways. Set in Italy during the Borgia period, worth a read if you enjoyed this).

  • Sharon
    2019-05-05 18:22

    I have read one C.W. Gortner book previously, "The Queen's Vow," and enjoyed it thoroughly. I had the same experience here.Brendan Prescott is a young man working for Sir Francis Walsingham when the book starts; the two of them are living in exile in Switzerland during Queen Mary Tudor's reign, as they are Protestant. Upon Mary's death, they return to England ... only to discover that Elizabeth I's beloved Lady Blanche Parry has disappeared. Elizabeth sends Brendan on the trail. There are many twists and turns, and it seems that just about everyone has a secret to keep.Gortner's research and period detail is impeccable. As a result, scenarios and people are richly drawn and and believable. Readers get a look into life during the Elizabethan era for both courtier and commoner, demonstrating how life was not easy regardless of wealth.Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction.

  • Laura Lee
    2019-05-14 20:25

    I am happy I received this book free from GoodReads, but I would have been just as happy if I had paid for it! Also, I discovered another great series to read. Thought book was exciting and suspensefull. I read in two sittings. I liked the main character very much, which is important for me. Brendon Prescott is a spy for Elizabeth I. He is very loyal to her, as he has proven time and time again. In this adventure he has to locate and rescue one of Elizabeth's favorite ladies. In the meantime a secret is discovered that could jeopardize Elizabeth' claim to the Tudor throne.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-18 22:08

    This book is engrossing to the hilt. The story is action packed and dramatic. CW Gortner has a way with a story that is amazing; high court intrigue, an engrossing mystery, plot twists that keep me turning the pages, and a young man’s journey through danger to his ultimate desire. It’s the third book in a series but don’t let that hold you back as it stands on its own two feet as a fascinating Elizabethan spy thriller.I read the first book in this series ages ago so was vaguely familiar with the main players. Yet, this book was a wonderful reintroduction to them. I think many will agree with me that Brendan takes the cake. Loyal, intelligent, brave, and sometimes a bit dense, he quickly re-won my heart. I also enjoyed the secondary characters, mainly Elizabeth, Dudley, and Lord Vaughan. All had a lot less “screen time” than Brendan but shown as vivid characters in their own right. I was also very intrigued by the author’s incredible amount of detail on what life was like in Elizabethan England, with all its intrigue, danger, and shifting of fortunes. We got to see how the previous reigns of King Henry VIII and Mary still had impact of current affairs. Then there was also the lone manor house of the Vaughans. Deliciously Gothic and sad, the reader gets a real feel for how those previous reigns impacted this one family and how they struggle to survive in a reign that is against everything they support. All in all, CW Gortner has created a novel to dig into and eat up. It’s got it all, enthralling story, characters so vivid you’ll dream about them, and enough historical details to make one feel like they’re living the times. I adored this finale to the series and now definitely need to back track and read book 2 that somehow escaped my notice. Highly recommended!Note: Book received for free from the publisher via GoodReads FirstReads program in exchange for an honest review.

  • Copperfield Review
    2019-05-25 21:01

    I have only recently come to a fascination with an historical subject that have held many history buffs spellbound for years—Tudor England. Blame it on Hilary Mantel and her brilliant Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, or blame it on the television show The Tudors which I began watching one slow Saturday afternoon. Whatever you blame, the truth is I am now quite interested in the sly doings and undoings of King Henry VIII and his offspring. I even made a special trip to the Tower of London on my last trip to London to see one of the locales for myself.The Tudor Vendetta is the first book I’ve read from C.W. Gortner’s The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles though it is actually the third book in the series. The fact that I hadn’t read the first two books in the series wasn’t a hindrance and I was able to follow the story very easily. In fact, I think I might go back and read the first two books. If you want to start at book one in the series then you should, but if you want to start with The Tudor Vendetta as I did, you’ll find that Gortner provides enough backstory so that you’re able to follow along.Gortner has a knack for historical detail as well as character development. Brendon is certainly a devoted spy for Elizabeth I as he searches for the missing Lady Parry. He is extremely loyal as intrigue strikes the young queen’s court and a certain secret surfaces. While the history is an important part of the story, readers will not be surprised to discover that some poetic license was taken in the telling of this tale.At times thoughtful, at times a fast-paced page turner, The Tudor Vendetta is a wonderful story for anyone who loves a good Tudor-based historical novel. Actually, I don’t think an interest in the Tudor period is necessary. There is enough action, historical detail, and interesting characters to keep anyone who loves fiction guessing what happens next.

  • DeniseF
    2019-05-11 22:58

    The Tudor Vendetta is a fantastic end to the Spymaster Trilogy. It is an exquisite mystery filled with secrets and intrigue and is by far my favorite of the three. I was hooked from the first two pages and could not put this book down.Brendan is a much more mature and well-developed character in this book. When the story begins, he has been away from England for several years and is finally able to return upon the death of Mary I. He arrives in England just as Elizabeth is taking the throne and he is forced to deal with his old nemesis, Robert Dudley and I must say, Dudley is quite the twit in this book. You can't help but hate him which makes him such a good villain. I liked Elizabeth in this book; lately I've read a lot of books where I really just couldn't sympathize with her but I think Gortner does a great job of showing the precarious position she was in when she became queen and making her relatable.The setting of this book was perfectly creepy; a small manor in the north of England where all kinds of strange things occur while Brendan is there investigating Lady Parry's disappearance. The descriptions of both the surroundings of the manor and it's mysterious inhabitants kept me wondering what secrets the manor held. And boy did it hold a big secret that changed the whole trajectory of the story. While the reader thought Brendan was at the manor for one reason, it is revealed that he is there to deal with an entirely different situation.The Tudor Vendetta is full of twists and turns and every time I thought I had it all figured out, I was wrong. The story is action-packed and the ending is intense to say the least. I loved every minute of it! I highly recommend The Tudor Vendetta and the rest of the Spymaster Trilogy. 4 stars.

  • Kathleen Kelly
    2019-05-25 16:20

    Christopher Gortner is the author of various historical novels including The Last Queen, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici and The Queens Vow. The Tudor Vendetta however is the third novel in the Spymaster Chronicles. Brendan Prescott is back after years in exile and returns to London after Queen Mary is dead and Elizabeth I is the new queen. This story takes place prior to Elizabeth being crowned queen,Brendan is reconciled with Elizabeth and his love, Kate, and is tasked with finding Lady Parry who has disappeared after visiting the Vaughan Hall, along with the school master. His love for Kate has never died but circumstances were such that he had to leave London to protect her. Robert Dudley, the queens favorite, despises Brendan and is not thrilled with his return to court. He makes things very difficult for Brendan. That aside, Brendan must find Lady Parry at all costs. While at Vaughan Hall he finds that things are not what they should be and that there are secrets that if they were to get out could ruin many life's including the queens. It is a race against the clock for Brendan to keep Elizabeth safe and protect his own secret. If his secret is divulged it could be very dangerous for him. I have read all of Mr. Gortner's books and have loved them all. I especially love this series. Mr.Gortner's research is impeccable and his writing, while descriptive does not bog down in historical detail as some historical fiction writers tend to do. This book is historical fiction but in my opinion more of a mystery that takes place during the Tudor era. I found the book to be suspenseful and exciting. I highly recommend The Tudor Vendetta and all of the other books Mr.Gortner has written.

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-16 23:23

    The Tudor Vendetta by C.W. Gortner is an absolutely fantastic work of historical fiction. Definitely the best Tudor novel I’ve read in quite some time, in fact, it’s the best novel, period, that I’ve read recently! It is exciting and mysterious, definitely keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. You have no idea what is going to happen next, and when you think things will turn out one way, you are blindsided while they turn out a totally different way! Brendan Prescott’s character was great. He’s extremely likable, and the type of guy that women are drawn to immediately. He kind of reminds me of the type of guy that all women want to marry, and all men want to be like or be friends with. He’s a human with flaws, like anyone, but he is also a good person who cares deeply. I felt as though I really was able to get to know his character as well, and I really cared about him in this novel! I seriously had trouble putting this book down at night and trying to go to sleep! The writing style flowed smoothly, and I was able to get completely lost within the pages of this book. I was able to block out everything going on around me while I was reading, which was kind of a bad thing, since I have twin one year old boys! The scenes were written vividly, and I was able to picture the landscape and setting very clearly. I would 100% recommend this novel to readers who enjoy historical fiction. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it. I’ve read other novels by Gortner, and he is a solid author who produces great books! I give The Tudor Vendetta a FIVE out of FIVE stars!

  • Heather
    2019-05-13 19:23

    The first two books in the Elizabeth I Spymaster series I ate right up – amazing as they were. I took The Tudor Vendetta with me on my recent vacation and finished the whole thing on the flight! Yes, it is that good (the flight wasn’t that long)! While the third book might wrap up the trilogy (please write some more stories for Brendan!) it blazes ahead at the same speed as its predecessors to a satisfying conclusion.As is the case with Gortner’s novels, the characters are so lifelike and real you can envision yourself in their shoes or encountering them in some dark alleyway. They pull at your heartstrings or make you incredibly angry with their actions. As Brendan is employed by Cecil, he is always right in the thick of some intrigue, danger, or otherwise shady circumstance. Brendan is a true HF hunk.As has been the case with the drama Brendan has been tied up with in the past, what he faces here is not a plot twist that I saw coming. Gortner does a great job of grounding the plot in historical reality, but also playing with some of the rumors and scandals from the Tudor era to add some depth to the intrigue. Certainly plausible, definitely entertaining.I’m saddened that we have reached the end of the Spymaster trilogy, but the novel closed with what isn’t a definitive ending, so I hope someday to be treated to more of the thrill that this series is.This review was previously posted at The Maiden's Court blog and received for review.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-23 19:12

    I should preface this review with the fact that I have not read the first two books in this trilogy. Therefore, I probably have a different opinion of this installment than those who have and I may inadvertently mention information that constitutes spoilers in those earlier installments.Maybe I would have enjoyed this book as much as some others have if I had the preexisting connection with these characters. I did find the quick pace and constant action kept my interest, but I never was completely captivated either. The most interesting character seemed to be Shelton, who I wished had a few more scenes. One aspect of this novel that I may have appreciated more than some was the portrayal of Elizabeth I. This story takes place within the first months of her reign, and already her deviousness and willingness to sacrifice others for her own benefit is evident. While other reviewers have pointed this out as a negative, I value accuracy over romanticism and Elizabeth certainly was one to look out for #1.The mystery itself left me somewhat unsatisfied, as the overwhelming number of details were explained away by unlikely circumstances. An often repeated but highly unlikely historical rumor is at the center of this mystery, and more time than necessary is spent revealing this predictable twist.This was an enjoyable, quick read, but not one that inspired me to acquire the rest of the series.

  • Sue
    2019-05-19 17:58

    The Tudor Vendetta is a well-written, fast paced historical mystery novel based in Tudor England. Elizabeth has finally gained the throne but is still in danger and needs her intelligencer, Brendan Prescott, more than ever. Prescott is sent on a secret mission that only Elizabeth knows about. This seemingly simple plot brought out Gortner's knack for writing easy to read mysteries with underlying complexities that often have more to do with the character's personalities and personal histories than the plot. This one wasn't too difficult to figure out but it didn't take away from the excitement of the book (I read it in two sittings), and there were some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Prescott and his father, Shelton, are the two best developed characters in the book but this book also fleshes out Shelton's wife, Nan, as well as Kate and even Elizabeth. This is the third installment in a series but don't be worried about that, it can easily be read as a stand alone book. I see it's listed as a trilogy but I wouldn't be too sure that there won't be more of these mysteries. If there are, they will be on my reading list.

  • drey
    2019-05-05 20:26

    It is 1558, and Elizabeth I has just gained the throne after her sister Queen Mary’s death. She’s under pressure from everyone (and their uncle!) on what to do, who to marry, who to trust, and so on and so forth. There aren’t many people she can trust, but she turns to Brendan Prescott, one of her spies, to find her missing favored lady-in-waiting Lady Parry.Brendan’s sojourn to the middle of nowhere turns up secrets that people would – and do – kill to protect. But his investigation gets a little stuck when his past returns to haunt him, and the distraction could cost lives.Gortner spins a fascinating tale based on history and imagination in The Tudor Vendetta. The politics is familiar to those who love the Tudor era. The mystery at the heart of The Tudor Vendetta is almost a backdrop to the oh-so-real characters. And the story itself is well-formed and well-told. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and so would any fan of the era.drey’s rating: Excellent!This review was originally posted on drey's library

  • Mirella
    2019-05-02 17:16

    The Tudor Vendetta is the third book in C.W. Gortner's Spymaster series. Although I haven't read the first two books, this book definitely can stand on its own and I had no problem with following along. Mr. Gortner did an excellet job at providing tidbits of the previous books along the way to help new readers follow along. The novel's protaganist is Brendan Prescott, a charming nobleman who loyally serves the queen. He returns from exile now that it is Elizabeth will soon be crowned queen. But the country is still divided between Catholic and Protestant. Brendan finds himself resolving several plots to assassinate or keep Elizabeth from becoming queen. I thoroughly enjoyed how Gortner characterized the notorious Dudley, who clung to Elizabeth to garner greater power for himself, and of Elizabeth's struggles to dominate in a male oriented world. Secret missions, intrigue, betrayal, and wonderful details of the period color this well-written story. I've long been a fan of the author. Pick any one of his novels and you're sure to be hooked too. Highly recommended.

  • Rita Shire
    2019-05-18 15:24

    The third book in Gortner's trilogy of the rise of Elizabeth I to her throne as Queen of England is full of intrigue, suspense, and numerous secrets. Brendan Prescott is both an intimate confidante and royal threat to Elizabeth I as he is the illegitimate son of HenryVIII's sister, Mary of Sulfolk, making him Elizabeth's cousin. This is one of the family secrets that needs to remain concealed to the outside world. With all the factual schemes, affairs, and clandestine events Elizabeth I actually faced in attaining her rule of England, this is a most enjoyable helpful read in understanding how fragile control and rule of England was in its early history in the Modern Era. While The Tudor Vendetta is historical fiction, Gortner paints a most descriptive picture of life at the Royal Court of Elizabeth I of England!

  • Vivienne
    2019-05-11 16:11

    This proved an exciting and satisfying conclusion to this trilogy of novels focusing on the period following Henry VIII's death and the coronation of Elizabeth I told from the viewpoint of Brendan Prescott, who is caught up in various intrigues surrounding the Tudor dynasty. Gortner does a great job of re-creating the sense of unrest and uncertainty that gripped the nation in the wake of Queen Mary's death and Elizabeth coming to the throne.Brendan's journey to the remote manor in Yorkshire with its many secrets reminded me in terms of atmosphere of C. J. Sansom's Dissolution, even if the cases being investigated are quite different. Sorry to see the end of Brendan's adventures though I expect that Gortner could always return him to Elizabeth's court later in her reign if his services are needed.

  • Steve
    2019-04-29 16:07

    I was up and down while reading this title. At times the vast amount of historical information was overwhelming, even for a History graduate. At other times the suspense was very fast paced and edge of my seat. This was a rollercoaster of sorts mainly due to the ebb and flow of the story, at times a bit slow and others a blazing page turner. As a whole, this is a massively researched and very well put together suspense tale revolving around everyone's favorite Tudor. Plausible, enjoyable, and a finely written story.

  • Stephen
    2019-05-21 22:18

    even though this is the 3rd in a series of books can be really read as a stand alone novel even though has references to previous novels in this series. felt this was the better one of the series to date as Elizabeth comes to the throne but a secret could destroy her kingdom as plots start and master Prescott is called upon to find the missing lady parry.

  • David
    2019-04-25 21:04

    Master Gortner hath spun a fine tale filled with villains and mysterious goings-on. As one turns its' pages one can taste the rich flavors of pie and ale and smell the pungent aromas of old London. But beware, there also lurks the dank stench of treachery within.

  • Sheila
    2019-05-13 18:16

    Bester Teil der Trilogie. Schade, dass es der letzte war.. :-(

  • Vona Bowling
    2019-04-30 20:08

    Great ending to the series. All the loose ends are tied up, the mystery continued to be intriguing. This is definitely not a book for people who want their historical fiction to be super accurate, but it's a fun twist of a historical mystery using real people but very untrue situations. I loved it.

  • Erin Al-Mehairi
    2019-05-22 16:08

    It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of C.W. Gortner’s writing and he’s on my list of favorite writers. His work, primarily the first Spymaster book, The Tudor Secret, along with Michelle Moran’s The Heretic Queen, helped launch me back into the exciting world of historical fiction after reading so much non-fiction. I found Christopher to be an amazing writer and I highly anticipated the rest of his Spymaster series. Since then he’s continue to thrill me with his writing style. It’s one that allows you to immerse fully in the story, forgetting to eat or drink and burning the midnight oil (or 4 a.m. oil) without feeling a thing.In my personal opinion, The Tudor Vendetta, is the best one yet! It’s packed completely full of action and intrigue which far surpasses the others and those were great! I think Christopher pushes himself to bigger and better things with each book.Brendan Prescott, who is a spy (and secretly of the Tudor line) for the interests of Elizabeth Tudor, opens the novel in record speed as he is being trained in physical techniques by Cecil and propelled right back into court intrigue. The political scene is ripe as Elizabeth is about to finally take the throne after her sister Mary and everyone wants a piece of England. I liked that the beginning of the book had a wealth of action this time and started off with a mystery without any delay. I honestly never wanted to put the book down from the start and read in two sittings, longing for it when I was away from it. Tim even said, “I see you looking at that book, you want to read more of it, don’t you?” Ha!I was fully captivated by the suspense, intrigue, and savvy game play of the novel. Brendan was quicker, smarter, more confident, and completely sure of himself as he set off on his secret mission for Elizabeth, one that even Cecil and Walsingham do not even know about! I loved the setting and storyline of Brendan’s mission this time and was immersed in the mystery. I even felt a bit of Agatha Christie in the Elizabethan world!Christopher’s details, atmosphere, and character development is nothing sort of stunning with each location and each character whether lead or supporting, but his plot structure is even more superb. I am not easy to fool, but Christopher kept me guessing and surprised me several times over! I was blown away by the last half of the novel and found myself on pins and needles to know the outcome(s).As always with Christopher’s novels, I enjoyed his use of animals and his kind care to construct their characters. Anyone who can make an animal in a book fully dimensional as Christopher does is a writer with extreme talent and with the utmost of compassion. Of course I have always loved Brendan’s horse Cinnabar, but the time C.W. takes to make sure characters care for the animals is something I really admire. I also love when he introduces new pets, and I really enjoyed Bardolf, the mastiff!I enjoyed the use of Vaughn Hall and his depictions of the scenery inside and out that lent to an atmospheric air of gloom or mystery that fit perfectly with the story. I also valued his historical accuracy and lesson in showcasing how outlying nobility had been made poor and why, the state of England during this time of turmoil, and though he mentions the religious strife between Protestants and Catholics I’m glad he didn’t let it weigh down the story.As many historical fiction works of the Tudor time period can be dark, gray, brutally honest, morbid, and quite sad, I enjoyed reading Christopher’s tale that he created with more light than we usually get from this time period, even allowing Elizabeth to be viewed as sympathetic, smiling, and caring. The story line is completely fabricated, but I didn’t care, and I hope others don’t either, as it was just a very entertaining read using historical figures of a favorite time period. And certainly any of it could have happened, it certainly read with authenticity and plausibility!Most of all, Christopher writes, as usual, with a robust vocabulary I appreciate, smooth phrasing, pristine sentences, flawless imagery, and well….what can I say, perfection. The Tudor Vendetta is like the best coffee you ever had on the best morning you’ve ever had, as it carries a huge jolt of caffeinated page-turning suspense with the luscious, creamy, smoothy taste of the best wordsmithing and plot pointing in historical fiction.If you are a fan of espionage and mystery as I am (I love Bond, Le Carre, Christie) and love historical settings, I highly recommend you give this series a try, but read them all, and savor this one. I don’t know if Christopher will write more, but I’ll BEG him too!! My life will not be complete without more Spymaster books. Maybe if Brendan is settled, another trusted friend could appear. I mean with Elizabeth I just taking the throne, and her astrologer Dee coming into the picture, there is A LOT more espionage to be had! I for one, want more intrigue to be lost in.Thanks,Christopher, for writing one of the best historical fiction and historical espionage set of books ever. Really nothing compares. I can’t give away the ending, but for once I could put a Tudor book down and feel happy!!I was given the book to evaluate for honest review.

  • Lisa Lap
    2019-05-12 23:14

    the idea of a secret son of Queen Elizabeth may not be that far-fetched even if she was always referred to as the Virgin Queen. The story definitely kept you interested even though it's Pace was a little bit slow moving.

  • Deanna
    2019-05-08 15:02

    WhoA!! what a Great Ending to this series!! I love his writing!!!!

  • Lloyd Dobler
    2019-04-27 19:19

    This was a fun read and interesting fictional take on Elizabethean history. And we think politics is cutthroat now?