Fatal Throne by Candace Fleming

Fatal Throne

The tragic lives of Henry VIII and his six wives are reimagined by seven acclaimed and bestselling authors in this riveting novel, perfect for fans of Wolf Hall and Netflix's The Crown. He was King Henry VIII, a charismatic and extravagant ruler obsessed with both his power as king and with siring a male heir.They were his queens--six ill-fated women, each bound for divorce, or beheading, or death.Watch spellbound as each of Henry's wives attempt...

Details Fatal Throne

TitleFatal Throne
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherSchwartz & Wade
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews Fatal Throne

    This advance reader copy was provided by publisher Random House via NetGalley.First and foremost, this is a Young Adult genre novel, so I am rating it as such. This is a fictionalized narrative told in the first person by each of King Henry VIII's six wives. Immediately following each wife's account is Henry VIII's point of view. Out of the many Tudor tomes I've read, I don't ever recall a book structured in this way. Not only did I find this com...
  • Tatiana
    I am impressed. The title of this work makes it sound trashier and gushier than it is. Even though it’s no "Wolf Hall," the writing in "Fatal Throne" is strong and sophisticated, albeit not uniformly so. This book is assembled of 8 perspectives (Henry Viii, his wives and then Elizabeth I telling their personal stories) all written by different YA authors, most writers of the highest acclaim. The real standouts are Jennifer Donnelly’s Anna of ...
  • Steph
    Every time I get a chance to read about the infamous king or, even better, his (in)famous wives, I jump at the chance. I like how the authors wrote not only from Henry's perspective but from the viewpoint of each wife as well. Of course, there is no certain way to know EXACTLY what was going through each one's mind, but I surely enjoyed the ride. This book is one that I found myself glued to and did not want to put down. It flowed very well and I...
  • Jessica
    Fantastic collection of stories written from the perspective of each of King Henry VIII's six wives, along with rebuttal from Henry (written by M.T. Anderson) to each of them. Also includes a timeline and cast of characters. Perfect reading level and amount of content for teen readers.Pop Sugar’s 2018 Reading Challenge - A novel based on a real person
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Wow, I had no idea how much I would freaking love reading about Henry VIII's wives, their struggles, and his deplorable behavior. I cheered for the women, whose lives were often hell, and I jeered Henry at every turn (seriously, most of my Kindle notes are along the lines of "why is he the actual worst?" and "who let this asshole rule a ...
  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    Copy received via Netgalley for an honest reviewI am a bit if a history buff, so I do at times like to dive into a story set way back when.The title, though accurate, does make this sound a bit like a Jackie Collins style novel - which it isn't!History has proven what an abhorrent man Henry VIII was to his wives. This fictionalised, first person POV by each of Henry's wives drew us a vivid picture of their lives, their loves and their destinies. ...
  • Christina
    Fatal Throne is perfect for those just beginning to read about Henry VIII and his six wives. Each queen details and summarizes important periods in their life and individual downfalls. The accounts are simplistic and easy to read. After telling their stories, Henry has to get the last word and plays the victim in some form each time.For those who are already well read on the Tudors, this book offers nothing new. What I did like, however, is that ...
  • Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
    I enjoyed this book and the telling of the story of Henry VIII’s wives. Told from their POV, it was interesting to hear their side-their thoughts about their lives married to this infamous king. Anne Boleyn is my favorite and I was surprised how much I didn’t love her story in this one. In between each life, is a recollection from the king himself and how each wife deserved her fate. It was an okay read... some parts a bit boring but other th...
  • librariantrublu Genova Boyd
    I liked this one. It was an good read and was well edited to create a great story. I think readers will enjoy that different authors have written the different wives, it brings diversity to the chapters. The dialog is clever. The authors have done their research but the historical fact is not too overbearing, and the authors have deviated on this to bring their story to life (so do not expect 100% accuracy historically speaking). Overall an enter...
  • Emily
    This was fun. I didn't love it as much as I hoped I would, but I really enjoyed the concept: individual narratives from each of Henry VIII's many wives that provided a glimpse into their relationship with him (and sometimes with each other). Henry gets to speak, too, and comments on each wife after her narrative has ended -- this was one of the things about the book that bugged me a little; Henry often gets the last word. I didn't enjoy all of th...
  • Janine
    I’m an avid reader of anything and everything Tudor related, but I think I’ve been spoiled by reading too much Philippa Gregory. In Gregory’s portrayals of Henry’s wives, they’re lively and spirited; in this depiction, I thought his wives sounded desperate and pathetic (even Anne Boleyn—my favorite). I also didn’t enjoy Henry’s parts at all! We all know his side; history recorded it. I wish the authors had fleshed out the women mo...
  • Jennilyn
    “Fatal Throne” chronicles the six wives of England’s King Henry VIII. Each queen had a part narrating in first person point of view. Right after each queens’ parts are King Henry’s sort of rebuttal thoughts about each queen. Full disclosure: I didn’t know much about Henry VIII and his wives until I read this book. Paying attention in history classes is not my strong suit ever. Also, I do not read a lot of historical fiction. So bear i...
  • Victoria Colotta
    My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A candid glimpse into the lives and minds of the Queens who passed through Henry VIII’s life.History is doomed to repeat itself and in Henry VIII’s case, this statement could not be more true. FATAL THRONE is the stories of the women who were in and out of the King’s bed throughout the course of his life.What is so great about this book is the reader gets the women’s perspective. I greedily collected all the...
  • Viviane Crystal
    Attracting the eye of Henry VIII was definitely NOT a good thing. Yet, remarkably, each woman whom Henry courted thought she would be the one to succeed where others had failed. Denial is certainly such a powerful phenomenon!We have here the story of each royal bride, narrated by different authors, told with a unique point of view that adds interest to the belabored topic of Henry’s wives. They all have one element in common – please, yes amu...
  • Annette
    I loved this book. When I read the description of Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VII Tell All, I was a bit apprehensive. The book is written by several different authors in short story form, and I'm not usually a fan of short stories. Although there are exceptions--and this book is definitely one of those.When you look at the list of authors (M. T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Par...
  • Laura Hanby
    I'd like to start this review off by saying that I am absolutely obsessed with the Tudor era and especially with the wives of Henry VIII. Therefore, this book was an automatic must read for me. Overall, I was impressed by the different perspective this book gave me on the wives. I think that was because they a different author writing each wife's story and adding their own spin to it. I was a bit disappointed with the first story about Katherine ...
  • Christine Lynd
    I personally feel there needs to be more YA historical fiction available, and I always love reading about the Tudors, so I was happy to read Fatal Throne! Fatal Throne gives voice to all of Henry VIII's wives, as told by different YA authors. Henry makes an appearance here and there in a few short chapters, but mostly the perspective we are given comes from the women. Many Tudor historical fiction books focus on Henry's attempt to divorce Catheri...
  • Marissa
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All is a collection of historical fiction short stories told through the eyes of the six wives of the infamous monarch Henry VIII. There are all kinds of books out there about his first three wives, so it was nice to pick up a book that dedicated a decent number of pages to his other three wives. The stor...
  • Jen
    ** I won an advance reader copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. **This book was amazing! I have to admit that my knowledge of the Tudor line is a bit...shaky, but what I know to be historical fact lines up (for the most part) with the stories told in this book. Obviously, the authors have taken liberties, there is no way to tell what the Queens or Henry were actually thinking much of the time, but the stories resonate and give you what...
  • Debra Jeakins
    FATAL THRONE:THE WIVES OF HENRY VIII TELL ALL BY CANDACE FLEMING. If you love history then this is the book for you! Yes, its labeled as a YA but this book was just as good at my age (no i'm not telling) . The book is focused on the the wives of King Henry the VIII. Each with their own chapter. The authors(different authors profiled each wife) took and immersed themselves into the lives of Henry's wives. The brought out the best and the worst of ...
  • Krista
    This unbiased review is in exchange for an ARC from NetGalley. "Fatal Throne" is a multi-author narrative of the wives of Henry VIII (as well as Henry himself). Here's what is good about it: It is *exactly* the book teenage me would've gobbled up--a solidly written YA historical novel. It is well founded in fact (within reasonable allowance for being a novel) and my heart rejoices at the bibliography at the end. What's not so good: Honestly, I ma...
  • Mary Evers
    **I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***Words cannot express how excited I was to get this book! I am a huge historical fiction junkie and love anything to deal with the Tudor period! Getting this book was like Christmas and my birthday thrown into one big amazing gift!Excitement aside, I really enjoyed this book and I think others will enjoy it as well. I appreciated that each author involved took on an...
  • Anya Leonard
    An intriguing look into the lives of all of the wives of Henry VIII. I had previously read many books about specific wives - Anne Boleyn and Katherine of Aragon being the two most popular. However, I had not read much about Jane Seymour and near nothing on Anne of Cleves. It was a wonderful representation and historically accurate fictional account of their trials and tribulations as the wives of such a powerful and apparently well-loved ruler. A...
  • Felicia Allen
    I absolutely loved this story (or stories) about the wives of Henry the VIII. The author captured the womanizing ways of King Henry, and the political power he used to get his way. This story is told in several short stories one for each wife. At the end of each, is a chapter told from Henry's point of view that offers a side of the story that you don't get from reading about the wives. I never realized how much the ladies' stories would intertwi...
  • Mandy Peterson
    Wow. You know what? This was really well done historical fiction. I liked the chapters and how they alternated with King Henry VIII, giving two sides to the story instead of just one. (Often, many more sides considering how he always seemed to have his next wife in place before ditching the previous one.) If you are interesting in this topic, it's a great read. I'm not sure of the historical accuracy, but it sure was entertaining. My only issue i...
  • Mrs. Kenyon
    Most readers who enjoy historical fiction will dabble at some point in the Tudor legacy. There are too many intriguing stories that surround these people, especially King Henry VIII and his six wives. Candace Fleming along with six other authors contribute to the stories of these royals. Fatal Throne is a young adult attempt at portraying these stories and would be a good introduction to these fateful tales. Readers will learn about Anne Boleyn a...
  • Renee
    Thank you Netgalley and Random House for the eARC of this book! All opinions are my own. I had the opportunity to visit London many years ago, and remember learning about Anne Boleyn in the Tower of London, and seeing King Henry VIII’s enormous suit of armor, but that was about the extent of my knowledge of Tudor England. This book tells the stories of Henry’s 6 Queens, each story is written by a different author, which really helps bring out...
  • Mrs. Porter
    (Read the ARC I received at ALAMW)Cool concept: the royal lives of Henry VIII's queens told in their own voices, with each queen (and the king) portrayed through a different author's lens. Historical fiction is one of my go-to genres and this book did not disappoint, I could scarcely put it down. That said, as this is classified as a young adult novel, I think the back matter would have been better served at the front. It's no secret what happene...
  • Jessica Presgraves
    I had been waiting to read this a while and finally decided it was time. I had heard a little of King Henry and his wives before starting this book, enough that I wasn't going in totally blind, but not enough to say I really knew anything other than the basics. I really enjoyed getting the inside look at their thoughts and feelings as they went through life with their king. Another thing I enjoyed is that after every wife has her say, so does Kin...