The Virgin's Daughter (Tudor Legacy #1) by Laura Andersen

The Virgin's Daughter (Tudor Legacy #1)

What if Elizabeth the First, the celebrated Virgin Queen, had a daughter? For those who just can’t get enough of the scandalous Tudors, the author of the wildly popular Boleyn King series offers an enthralling new saga of the royal family, set in Elizabethan England. Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir.Andersen explores the thrilling possibility of a Tudor heir, the daughter of Elizabeth I, in her new trilogy, a captivating con...

Details The Virgin's Daughter (Tudor Legacy #1)

TitleThe Virgin's Daughter (Tudor Legacy #1)
Release DateMay 19th, 2015
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Alternate History, English History, Tudor Period, European Literature, British Literature, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews The Virgin's Daughter (Tudor Legacy #1)

  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    Is there anything Laura Andersen could write that I wouldn't love? Nope. None. It seems like there are Historical Fiction books and there are Laura Andersen’s books. What I'm getting at is, Andersen can pretty much send her grocery list to me and I would probably end up rating it five stars.The Virgin's Daughter is the first book in a three book series and the spin off of The Boleyn Trilogy. In my opinion you do not have to read the former bo...
  • Jess
    Anderson is the queen of alternate historical fiction. End of. Note: Can be read as a standalone. But why would you when the Boleyn Trilogy is so intricately woven and beautifully painful? Let it be known that The Virgin’s Daughter butchered my heart. Anderson has complete sway over her words, and in wondrously in tune with her characters, so much as to elevate them into a position that mirrors reality. Alternate historical fiction is a diffic...
  • TL
    I love alternate history/universe type stories in fanfiction and in novels... that 'what if *insert person or event* happened differently' is very intriguing. So many different outcomes if one decision had been made differently... bittersweet in a way. Sometimes makes me wish I had a time machine so I could go back and help/warn those involved (who knows if that would have done any good).I was always intrigued by Elizabeth (the fact that she's a ...
  • Caz
    I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars, rounded up.I have always enjoyed reading historical fiction, but I tend to stick to books about “actual” history - so when Laura Andersen’s The Boleyn King came out a few years ago, with a storyline based on the premise – “what if Anne Boleyn had given Henry VIII a son?” I was sceptical, and didn’t pick it up immediately. Eventually, however, curiosity won out, and I’m glad it did...
  • Lisa
    4.5 stars! "...who ever said that being friends with royalty was fair?"It's no secret that I am a huge fan of the alternate history Laura Andersen began in her Boleyn Trilogy, so I was incredibly excited to learn she was releasing a new series of books set in that same world and focusing on the next generation of characters. While this book is listed as Book #1 of this new series, it very much builds on the story of the first trilogy. While you c...
  • Rachel Levy
    This is the first book in the second trilogy based on the Tudor family. Again, as with the first it is based on a "what if" that is intriguing. The children from the first trilogy are now adults and lead this second trilogy's plot. Queen Elizabeth married, had a daughter, divorced, Mary of Scots was released. So many "what if" plots that made this book exciting. If you love Tudor history this is a author to read. This is my fourth book now and I ...
  • Melody
    This alternate history picks up years after Anderson's other trilogy left off. This go-around we are introduced to the children of Minuette and Dominic. But neither Minuette or Dominic are able to completely escape their past. Their oldest daughter Lucette particularly must battle the demons of her parents as she attempts to understand the truth of her parentage. Lucette ends up traveling to France to visit Renard LaClerc, an old friend of her pa...
  • Tanja Glavnik
    I have to say, this one had me on the edge of my seat from the moment I started reading to the moment I put it down - reluctantly realizing there were no more pages to read. Of course, as the author herself notes, this trilogy, as well as the preceeding one, are both works of FICTION, so obviously this never happened. But it is a VERY intriguing possibility of what MIGHT have happened - and the author does a wonderful job in bringing it all toget...
  • Ani
    Read my review on my book review blog!
  • Angie
    Review to come!
  • Sheena
    I love Tudor era historical fiction. It is such a seductive and captivating age that I lose myself in all the danger, plotting, beheading and scandalous liaisons. Andersen’s Virgin Daughter is an unexpected departure from typical Tudor romance story telling. Her take on the genre is an “alternative” historical. Almost like a giant “Elizabethan England fan fiction” story. I was intrigued and what I experienced was quite off the rails fro...
  • Gretchen
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review. 2.5 stars (Maybe that means, I should give a three star rating instead of a two but I just can't bring myself to give the novel a full three stars. It's really a 2.5 closer to 2 than it is to 3. Clearly math wasn't my strongest subject, right?)If you haven't read the previous three Tudor Legacy novels (previous titled The Boleyn Trilogy), you will want to do that before reading this...
  • Erin Arkin
    It’s official, Laura Andersen is on my auto-buy list and I want everyone to read her books. I almost hesitated in requesting The Virgin’s Daughter only because I had assumed The Boleyn Trilogy had been completed. And it had…this story continues years after Dom and Minuette’s story wrapped up in The Boleyn Reckoning. If you haven’t read that series and you plan to, you may want to hold off on reading the rest of my review as I don’t wa...
  • Anne Monteith
    While still in school I developed a deep, life-long interest in Tudor history, which later led me to delve deeper into other ages in ancient English history, but the Tudors have remained one of my favorites. There’s been so much written about them and their court, some good, some bad and so bad that should never have been put to paper but yet authors continue to turn out novels that readers devour. Laura Anderson is one of those authors who con...
  • Amy
    The Virgin's Daughter is the 4th in a fictionalized series, detailing the saga of what would have happened if Anne Boleyn's son, (William) had lived, and somehow, Elizabeth still ended up as Queen in the end? I loved the first three, and the four central characters. I wasn't sure if I would have fallen for a fictionalized account, but I did. Laura Andersen writes beautifully, although she is the one author I reached out to, to praise her work, th...
  • Linda
    Queen Elizabeth I marries King Philip of Spain and they have a daughter. Eighteen years later they are planning to divorce so he can remarry and hopefully get a son. Part of the story. Rather more fiction than history, but a nice story.In the other story, the daughter of friends of Elizabeth, Lucette, goes to France to visit friends. She is asked to spy on the family and try and uncover a plot to kill Elizabeth. While in France, Lucette fails for...
  • Nancy Brady
    Continuing into the next generation with Elizabeth as Queen of England, this alternate history story features the Courtenay children of Lucie, Stephen, Kit, and Pippa involved in intrigues of the court. Anabel, Elizabeth's and Philip of Spain's daughter, is at risk when there is a plot afoot to free Mary, Queen of Scots. Dominic and Minuette also play a role. What is the Nightingale Plot? Who is behind it? Who can be trusted? Who is the spy in th...
  • Nicolette (FallingOverBooks)
    I feel so numb. THIS. WAS. AMAZING. The story was so interesting and the characters were so captivating and rich. Also I couldn't help but notice all the 'The Boleyn King' parallels. I'm so in love with all of these characters and I cannot wait to see what happens next!
  • Helen
    If you LOVED Laura Anderson's 'Boleyn Trilogy', then strap yourself in! You are going to be super excited about this one!Full review at:http://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogspo...
  • Cait
    This might be the sequel series that actually ends up being good? I'm not AS into it as I was the original trilogy, but I am very interested in Anabel & Kit & Pippa, so.
  • Laura
    Very good. I liked the part where Dr. Dee was telling one of the characters to keep up with her studies while she was away.
  • Angelica
    Finally I was able to finish this novel. I have been a fan of Laura Anderson’s work for well over a year now. Her second trilogy continues the alternate timeline of the first— King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn did have a son that survived and yet Queen Elizabeth I still sits on the throne of England. The Virgin’s Daughter picks up about twenty years later. The main characters of the first trilogy have grown up and had children of their own. T...
  • Rachel Chiapparine
    I picked up this book in the Nook store on my tablet because it seemed interesting(I am a fan of the time period) and it was on sale for $1.99. My personal review of the book is as follows:For me personally I was confused by the majority of the first half of book because of the different plotlines and characters(perspectives).Around approximately page 130 I started to understand where the main storyline was going. I personally was a bit annoyed w...
  • Lisa
    I'm torn on this book: it was definitely engaging as we followed Lucette and tried to figure out the mystery. The mastermind was relatively easy to pick out, but the twist at the end was definitely unforeseen. However, that's the problem: we followed Lucette. Who is not Elizabeth's daughter. When you title a book "The Virgin's Daughter" and then the book isn't truly about the fictional daughter, Anne Isabella, I get impatient.Also, despite this b...
  • Niki
    This book is mostly historical fiction but has some romance. I always like reading about the royal courts of England and France. This story is of the Tudor Royals and Elizabeth I and if she actually gave birth to a legitimate heir. The story is of her heir and the battles or court. Plots to murder the royalty and to marry for the country and not for love. What will happen? I liked the book but a few times felt like I had a hard time keeping all o...
  • Tocci
    Another ChildConfusing,at timed, the plot ends with another brewing. In actuality, the title is a bit misleading. Most of the tale revolves around Lucette. Lucette is not the Queens fictitious daughter. The daughter has only a minor role. At times the long sentences use phrases that confuse on first reading. The intrigues are fairly good.
  • Billie
    For a fan of historical fiction, I find that I can hardly tolerate alternative historical fiction. There are books for every reader, this is just not for me. If a reader approaches this book without a very firm grip on the real history and lineage of Elizabeth I, they will leave with many misconceptions. I will stick with Starky or even Gregory for my Tudor fix.
  • Sheri Hodges-Pletch
    I was hoping for something as good as Philippa Gregory novel. This isn't quite that, but it was OK. I read it in about a day. Parts of the story were very interesting, and others I wanted to skip.