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May 29, 2012

Review of GILT by Katherine Longshore

 

In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free—
and love comes at the highest price of all.

When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII’s heart and brings Kitty to court, she’s thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat’s shadow, Kitty’s now caught between two men—the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat’s meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.

Publishing Date: May 15, 2012

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

Historical Fiction.  I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of this genre.  In fact, I will admit that when I come across one, I tend to veer the other way, with no hesitation.  What changed my mind, and caught my eye with Gilt?  I won’t lie, it was all about the cover…and the synopsis peeked my interest.  I will say, without a shadow of a doubt, that I am so glad that I didn’t turn away from Gilt by Katherine Longshore.  Yes, I had my doubts, and went into it fully expecting to DNF this book BUT… I totally and completely enjoyed Gilt.

To be thrust into the world of kings and queens, in the time of King Henry VIII and his court.  It was absolutely intriguing to read about what sort of secrets and strategic planning it took to come out on top in the court of the king.

In Gilt, we follow the lives of Catherine Howard (Cat) and her best friend, Katherine Tylney’s (Kitty) and how Cat comes to be the next wife of King Henry VIII and the next Queen of England.  We bare witness to all the deceit, the secrets, and the lies that Cat and those in King Henry’s court use in order to be in favor of the King and live life in his court.

Main protagonist, Kitty Tylney, has lived in the shadow of her best friend Cat Howard for many years.  When Cat provides an opportunity for Kitty and her other 2 friends to come to King Henry VIII’s court, Kitty learns just how much deception and secrets are the way of the King’s court, and must decide for herself what is the truth and whom she can entrust her darkest secrets.  In a world where every little word and action is scrutinized and punishable by death, Kitty must be aware of everything that is happening with herself and with Cat.

Katherine Longshore’s writing in Gilt is fantastic.  I was able to picture every single detail as I read through the pages, right down to the many jewels and the elaborate dresses.  I was swept away into a world that many readers dream about, where chivalry is not dead but also where every action is a strategic move in order to advance.  Longshore has breathed in so much life into the characters in Gilt.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching the story unfold before my eyes.  Although I had guessed what the ending of the book would be (since I’m not much of a history buff and am not really aware of who did what after whom in that time), it was fascinating to watch the pieces fall into place.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking into branching into the historical fiction genre.  I will definitely be more open to reading more in this genre.

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  1. kimba88
    6/3/2012

    I love historical fiction and cannot wait to read about Henry’s court. I am a cover whore too girl..and have picked many a book for the cover..glad you enjoyed this one!
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