Monday, October 27, 2014

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for The Tudor Vendetta by C.W. Gortner

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Blog Tour, presented by Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours, for C.W. Gortner’s third book in his Spymaster Chronicles Series, The Tudor Vendetta.  Please leave a comment or question for C.W. to let him know you stopped by.  You can enter his tour wide giveaway, where you can win a complete set of trilogy, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below

The Tudor Vendetta

The Tudor Vendetta
By C.W Gortner
The Elizabeth 1,  Spymaster Chronicles, Book 3

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Genre: Historical Mystery
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Length:  304 Pages
ISBN: 978-1250058539

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About the book: 

Winter, 1558: Elizabeth I has ascended the throne but the first days of her reign are already fraught with turmoil, the kingdom weakened by strife and her ability to rule uncertain.

Summoned from exile abroad at the new queen's behest, Brendan Prescott arrives in London to face his shattered past. He soon finds himself pitted in deadly rivalry with his life-long foe, Robert Dudley, but when a poison attempt overshadows the queen’s coronation, Elizabeth privately dispatches Brendan on a far more dangerous assignation: to find her favored lady-in-waiting, Lady Parry, who has vanished in Yorkshire.

Upon his arrival at the crumbling sea-side manor that may hold the key to Lady Parry's disappearance, 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, the more he becomes the quarry of an elusive stranger with a vendetta— one that could expose both his own buried identity and a long-hidden revelation that will bring about Elizabeth's doom.

From the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the prisons of the Tower, Brendan must risk everything to unravel a vendetta that strikes at the very core of his world, including his loyalty to his queen.

The Tudor Vendetta is the third book in Gortner's Elizabeth I Spymaster Trilogy.

Praise for The Tudor Vendetta

“Fast paced and exciting, with a most engaging hero . . . So vivid, you feel are there!” - Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of the Outlander series

“C.W. Gortner has done it again! Full of breathtaking action, dark twists and unexpected revelations, this is an unputdownable read.” - Michelle Moran, bestselling author of Madame Tussaud

“Suspense, intrigue, betrayal and deadly rivalry: What more can you ask for? A swashbuckling, perilous adventure.” - M.J. Rose, bestselling author of The Reincarnationist

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About the Author
03_CW GortnerC.W. GORTNER holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies from the New College of California, as well as an AA from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco.

After an eleven year-long career in fashion, during which he worked as a vintage retail buyer, freelance publicist, and fashion show coordinator, C.W. devoted the next twelve years to the public health sector. In 2012, he became a full-time writer following the international success of his novels.

In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard at Hampton Court, learned about organic gardening at Chenoceaux, and spent a chilly night in a ruined Spanish castle. His books have garnered widespread acclaim and been translated into twenty-one languages to date, with over 400,000 copies sold. A sought-after public speaker. C.W. has given keynote addresses at writer conferences in the US and abroad. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights, in particular companion animal rescue to reduce shelter overcrowding.

C.W. recently completed his fourth novel for Ballantine Books, about Lucrezia Borgia; the third novel in his Tudor Spymaster series for St Martin's Press; and a new novel about the dramatic, glamorous life of Coco Chanel, scheduled for lead title publication by William Morrow, Harper Collins, in the spring of 2015.

Half-Spanish by birth and raised in southern Spain, C.W. now lives in Northern California with his partner and two very spoiled rescue cats.

For more information please visit C.W. Gortner's website and blog. You can also connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoodreadsPinterest, and YouTube.

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.

My Rating:  4 out of 5 Crowns 

The Tudor Vendetta Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 20
Review at The Maiden's Court
Guest Post at Mina's Bookshelf

Tuesday, October 21
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, October 22
Review at Back Porchervations
Review at Always With a Books

Thursday, October 23
Review at 100 Pages a Day - Stephanie's Book Reviews

Friday, October 24
Review at Bibliophilia, Please
Interview at Back Porchervations

Monday, October 27
Review at JulzReads
Review at Queen of All She Reads

Tuesday, October 28
Review at Beth's Book Reviews
Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews

Wednesday, October 29
Review at Making My Mark
Review at Writing the Renaissance
Guest Post at Bookish

Thursday, October 30
Review & Guest Post at Drey's Library
Review & Interview at The Copperfield Review & From Meredith Allard
Interview at Writing the Renaissance

Friday, October 31
Review at Book by Book

Monday, November 3
Review at Mari Reads
Review & Gues Post at JM Ledwell Writes

Tuesday, November 4
Review at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, November 5
Review at One Book at a Time
Guest Post at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, November 6
Review at Booktalk & More

Friday, November 7
Review at Build a Bookshelf

Monday, November 10
Review at CelticLady's Reviews
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Tuesday, November 11
Review at A Book Geek
Review at The Lit Bitch

Wednesday, November 12
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, November 13
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Friday, November 14
Review at Book Nerd
Spotlight at Paranormal Book Club

Monday, November 17
Review at Broken Teepee
Review at The Never-Ending Book

Tuesday, November 18
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Guest Post at What is That Book About

Wednesday, November 19
Review at Kate Forsyth's Blog

Thursday, November 20
Review & Interview at The Tudor Enthusiast

Friday, November 21
Review at Griperang's Bookmarks

Monday, November 24
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at The True Book Addict

Tuesday, November 25
Review at Historical Tapestry
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection

Wednesday, November 26
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, November 28
Review at Books in the Burbs
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story


To win a complete set of CW Gortner's Spymaster Chronicles Trilogy (The Tudor Secret, The Tudor Conspiracy, and The Tudor Vendetta) please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Giveaway is open to US residents only.

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on November 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on November 29th and notified via email.
Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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