Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Tudor Vendetta by C.W. Gortner

Please join C.W. Gortner as he tours the blogosphere for the release of the third book in his Spymaster Chronicles Series, The Tudor Vendetta, from October 20 - November 28, and enter to win a complete set of the trilogy!



The Tudor Vendetta

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

St. Martin's Press

Formats: eBook, Paperback



Series: Spymaster Chronicles

Genre: Historical Mystery



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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.

My Review:
Five Stars
Copy received for an honest review
When I started to read historical fiction, Gortner was one of the first writers I read and I loved! Him and Nancy Bilyeau are my first loves in historical fiction.  I jumped at the chance to read and review "The Tudor Vendetta."  Gortner did not disappoint! I really enjoyed unfortunately missed but I plan to read it!

One of the many talents of Gortner is that he really gets the nitty gritty of life at court, which I loved in the first book, "The Tudor Secret."   Brendan is a fantastic main character.  His humble upbringing contrasted with the prestige of court life makes him very endearing.  Although many books have been written about the Tudors Gortner is able to pull a couple of surprises.

Overall, I really enjoyed and recommend this book.  I thought the plot was fantastic! The writing was very engaging.  I plan to read a lot more of Gortner's upcoming works! I have a feeling Brendan has a lot more adventures to look forward to.



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 Author03_CW Gortner



C.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 Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and YouTube.



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



Giveaway



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.



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Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.


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