My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have always enjoyed historic fiction, particularly historic fiction about the life and times of the Tudors, but lately it has been a bit difficult to find a book about this era in history that both catches my attention and is enjoyable to read. I find that either the authors re-tread old ground without having anything new to say or they slide to the opposite extreme and insert a lot of sensational, implausible things just to get a rise out of their readers. All in all, I was starting to feel a bit jaded on the genre and really was hoping to find a new book or new author that could inject some new life into the proceedings, which is why I am so happy that I happened upon Margaret Campbell Barnes’ novel, King’s Fool. It was entertaining, interesting and featured a main character that I really enjoyed getting to know. Will Somers’ unique place in the Tudor court (close enough to see and know Henry VIII and his family intimately but removed enough from the political maneuverings that he remained likeable to reader) makes him the perfect narrator, full of insight, compassion and wit and I truly enjoyed hearing his story and seeing history through his eyes.