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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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  • File Size: 3009 KB
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  • Publisher: Metropolis Ink (25 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OWTPOO2
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I can't say that I know much about Tudor History, but this novel was perfect in the way that it captured the setting the characters, and their struggles. It was both tragic and empowering, strong and moving and highly enjoyable.
Extra points also for it being one of the few books to make me cry.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare glimpse into Anne Boleyn 27 December 2015
By Laura L. Rahme - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wendy's story on Katherine Carey is a terrific read not just for Young Adults 19 November 2014
By AD - Published on Amazon.com
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Wendy's story on Katherine Carey is a terrific read not just for Young Adults, but for all ages. Wendy has done a fantastic job bringing to life a young Katherine that anyone who has ever been a teenager can identify with. It was refreshing to see Anne through the eyes of an innocent who had not yet been jaded by the intrigues at Henry's Court. I loved that Francis was portrayed with Anne's dogs. I could certainly see Sir Francis in that position at Court! The diary entries also gave a deeper look into the emotions that Katherine was feeling and that greatly added to the story. All in all, a great read and I highly recommend it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introduces the Tudor court to young readers 10 December 2014
By Carole P. Roman - Published on Amazon.com
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Henry VIII's court was a lace of mystery and secrets. Wendy Dunn creates an atmospheric coming of age book about Katherine Carey, Anne Boleyn's niece. Locked in typical teenage struggle with her mother and stepfather, Kate yearns to live at court with her glamorous aunt, the Queen on England. Tantalizing tidbits of gossip tease her, but she is young and innocent and unaware of the storm brewing in the troubled court. Like a flower unfolding, Katherine slowly learns the secrets of both her and her brother's birth, her mother's sordid past, and her growing role of importance in her aunt's life. Maturity comes with responsibility, and Kate proves her bravery as she steps into history to take her role at her aunt's side as Anne Boleyn meets her fate. Great book to introduce the Tudors to young readers. Uncomplicated and written for teenagers, The Light in the Labyrinth is relatable, as well as irresistible..
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh view of the fall of Anne Boleyn through her niece's eyes. 19 July 2015
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I enjoyed this book.Not much has been written about Katherine Carey from any point of view. I am enjoying the new interest in the minor and largely unfamiliar players of the Tudor court. I find it hard to see this as "Young Adult" fiction, though. I found that it read like any other historical novel. It was a interesting point of view to see the events surrounding the fall of Anne Boleyn through the eyes of her niece. Her close friendship with Anne's daughter, Elizabeth, in later life starts here with her promise to Anne that Elizabeth would know about her mother. I enjoyed Wendy Dunn's novel about Anne, "Dear Heart, How Like You This," and this nicely complimented her view of this time period. The violence rating of this is due to Anne's execution.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not super but okay 14 December 2014
By M.S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Not very amazing but I still read the book . I did not read it for the lead character, I read it because it was a different take on Anne Boleyn. So, one can say that makes the subject matter could not focus on the lead character as much as it should. Writing is strong and smooth, though. If I wrote this review for the quality of the writing I would give four stars not three.

Wendy Dunn is a good writer who can pass her ideas to the reader pretty smoothly.

Shortly, liked the author's style but not the book as much.

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