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The Light in the Labyrinth by [Dunn, Wendy]
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IN THE WINTER OF 1535, fourteen-year-old Kate Carey wants to escape her family home. She thinks her life will be so much better with Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife and the aunt she idolises. Little does Kate know that by going to attend Anne Boleyn she will discover love and a secret that will shake the very foundations of her identity. An attendant to Anne Boleyn, Kate is also swept up in events that see her witness her aunt's darkest days. By the time winter ends, Kate will be changed forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3009 KB
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  • Publisher: Metropolis Ink (25 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I was touched by this moving account of the last days of Anne Boleyn, as told through her niece, Catherine Carey.

I was particularly fascinated by the glimpse into Anne Boleyn's strong character, her romantic suffering, and the love she maintained for Henry to the end. The details and richness of the court and family intrigue is a testament to the solid research. The author succeeds in stirring our empathy, not only for the Queen, but also for the condition and status of all women during this period of history.

Through his character's strong dialogue, Cromwell is well depicted and becomes a standout villain in this novel. King Henry's torment also comes through - one can see that his poor treatment of Anne Boleyn arises as much from the expectations men had of women at the time, as they do from Cromwell's political influence.

To be honest, I picked up this novel more for the journey with Anne Boleyn than out of interest for her niece. I loved every moment where Anne is given focus. I identified with her niece's devotion to her - I think this is the true force of this novel and its narrator: the reader becomes one with Catherine Carey.

Perhaps because this is a YA novel, I was less engaged with the romantic relationship between Catherine Carey and her future husband - what I appreciated was that its portrayal was faithful to the historical period.

What makes this novel unique is the language and introspective quality. Swept up by the dramatic events and the secrets she unravels, Catherine is forced to grow fast and she reflects often. I thought her psychology was well executed and that it would appeal to young adults. However I would recommend this novel to all Tudor period fans and I believe the author gracefully achieved what they set out to do.
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Wendy J. Dunn’s astonishing young adult novel “The Light in the Labyrinth” is the rich and compelling tale of the tragic days leading to Anne Boleyn's execution, seen through the eyes of Catherine (Kate) Carey, daughter of Mary Boleyn and niece of Anne.

At fourteen years of age, Kate is bored with her life in the English countryside with her mother and her new husband, and longs for the glamour of Henry VIII’s court and the company of her beautiful Aunt Nan. Kate gets her wish, but is about to discover the fraught world of 1535 Tudor politics; a landscape of strategy and betrayal, where one wrong step can cost you your reputation—or your life.

The novel is eloquent and well researched, unfolding smoothly and effortlessly from the point of view of Kate, a heroine we discover to be heartfelt, empathetic and quick to learn from the harshities at court. Kate swiftly sheds her naivety in her new surrounds, emerging as a strong young woman who is fiercely loyal to her Aunt to the end. Her budding love affair with her future husband, Francis Knolleys, is lushly rendered in some of the novel’s most romantic scenes.

Dunn’s imaginative knitting together of historical detail, use of poetic interludes and demonstrable knowledge of the Tudor period have produced a highly engaging read, captivating not only for its young adult audience, but for the adult reader as well. For the young adult, this novel makes a fine introduction to the historical period and the tragic tale of Anne Boleyn.

The author has created a detailed reimagining of the triumphs, excesses and perils of Henry VIII’s kingdom, and through the eyes of the tender-hearted Kate emerges a lovingly rendered portrayal of one of the most controversial women in English history. An excellent addition to any history lover’s library.
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The Light in the Labyrinth by Wendy Dunn is a fresh take on the story of Anne Boleyn's fall from favor. The story is told from the perspective of Queen Anne's niece, Kate Carey. Kate is the daughter of Anne's sister Mary, and we find Kate at beginning of the story as a resentful teenager who wants to get away from her mother and her new stepfather. Once Kate is at the Court of Henry VIII, she is thrilled, only to find that often what you want doesn't turn out the way you expect. Kate quickly goes from a girl to a young lady as her world is forever changed.

This book is written as a historical novel for a Young Adult reader but I recommend it to anyone who enjoys history, Tudor History or Young Adult reads. It is very well done.
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