Book Review | Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer | Fascinating Historical Fiction by Tony Riches

Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer
(The Elizabethan Series, Book 3)
By Tony Riches

Tudor adventurer, courtier, explorer and poet, Sir Walter Raleigh has been called the last true Elizabethan.
He didn’t dance or joust, didn’t come from a noble family, or marry into one. So how did an impoverished law student become a favourite of the queen, and Captain of the Guard?
The story which began with the best-selling Tudor trilogy follows Walter Raleigh from his first days at the Elizabethan Court to the end of the Tudor dynasty.

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My Review: Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer

I really enjoyed Tony Riches’s latest novel, Raleigh, Tudor Adventurer. His narrative style quickly immerses one in Sir Walter Raleigh’s point of view, and guided by Mr Riches’s great depth of research and broad experience in writing Tudor historical fiction, I quickly dropped into the colourful and ever-changing world of Elizabeth’s England. Best described as narrative biographical fiction, Mr. Riches unfolds the story of Raleigh’s life in a fast-paced first person perspective that delivers a compelling eyewitness to many Tudor lifestyles. Using Raleigh’s own career as the template, Mr Riches explores Elizabethan theatre, the fascinating Inns of Court, London’s landmark prisons and palaces, and, of course, ships, sailing, and exploration. Along with the vivid backdrop of Tudor England, well-known members of society also make memorable appearances, from Burbage to Leicester, the Queen to Bess Throckmorton, all beautifully depicted by Mr Riches.
Along the way, Raleigh comes to life as an affable and ambitious man, kindly and intelligent, with a penchant for writing and poetry, and a rather reluctant adventurer. Beautifully depicted as a true Elizabethan, this is a warm and affectionate work of biographical historical fiction, and one that will be enjoyed by both fiction and non-fiction lovers of Tudor times. Highly recommend, and I look forward to reading the next in the series, from the perspective of Raleigh’s beloved wife Bess Throckmorton.

Tony Riches
is a full-time UK author of best-selling historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the lives of the Tudors. He also runs the popular ‘Stories of the Tudors’ podcast, and posts book reviews, author interviews and guest posts at his blog, The Writing Desk. For more information about Tony’s books please visit his website and find him on Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches
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