Book Review: The King’s Damsel – Kate Emerson

Title: The King’s Damsel
Author: Kate Emerson
ISBN: 9781451661491
Pages: 368
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5


The last thing Tamsin Lodge expected was to find herself an heiress at the tender age of thirteen, after the untimely deaths of both her father and brother, but that’s just what happened. Unable to control her fortune in Tudor England, her guardian places her in the court of Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. Tamsin adores the young princess, and finds that she’ll do anything to protect her, even if it means spying on the apple of Henry’s eye, Anne Boleyn.


The story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn has been told countless times in both fiction and non-fiction, yet I still found myself drawn to this new point of view: that of young Tamsin. Indeed, the story isn’t actually about the famous royal couple, but instead centers on Tamsin’s fight for freedom. As a woman in Tudor England, she can’t control her own fate, even though she’s a wealthy heiress. Over the years, she struggles to determine her own destiny and gain access to her money. It’s well told and the reader will appreciate Tamsin’s determination.

I’ve enjoyed previous books in this series, and The King’s Damsel was no exception. Kate Emerson takes minor characters from this historical era (or creates them, in Tamsin’s case) and tells an engaging story set against a famous backdrop. In this case, some of the secondary characters came across as one-dimensional, but Tamsin’s story is entertaining and Emerson’s portrayal of court life is, as always, full of intrigue and suspense.

This is a great historical fiction series to pick up because you absolutely do not need to read them in any kind of order. You can read The King’s Damsel as a standalone, or read all the books in order, as I have. They’re a great choice when you’re in the mood to delve into a different time period, but still want something light and easy to read.

Other books by Kate Emerson:

At the King’s Pleasure
Secrets of the Tudor Court: By Royal Decree
Secrets of the Tudor Court: The Pleasure Palace

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