Historical Fiction: In the Time of the Poisoned Queen, by Ann Dukthas

In the Time of the Poisoned Queen (Nicholas Segalla, #4)Nicholas and Mary

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Was Queen Mary Tudor, who died while relatively young, poisoned? Was it the poison that prevented her from bearing children? Nicholas Segalla, who has lived for centuries, travels to England, at the behest of the Pope, to find some answers and, if necessary, save the life of the queen. Or so he believes.

In the Time of the Poisoned Queen is a YA novel with elements time travel. The truth is not always what it seems, and the fact that nearly everyone is lying to protect a damaging “state secret” presents Nicholas with a daunting task. The secret is a vacuous one; many subjects during the long era of the Tudor dynasty speculated about it, and “proof” was never found. But there’s enough adventure here to entertain young readers who enjoy history, with political machinations abounding and lots of danger. But kids who read this book should be reminded that the poisoning and the secret remain fictitious.

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