Look! So many pretty people on The CW, especially on my guilty pleasure show, Reign. It’s a riveting historical tale that follows Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1557 France. Not interested yet? How about adding a love triangle, a borderline psychotic king and a conniving queen with a growing murder tally under her corset? It’s the CW done to perfection.
Please hold a minute while I put my eyeballs back into their sockets—King Henry II is dead (finally! He was getting on my nerves), Prince Francis is about to be a papa (thanks to his drunken night with Lola), and the plague is coming (please don’t kill Bash, Mary, or Kenna!) Not to mention that heartbreaking scene between Greer of Kinross and Leith Bayard. I mean, come on girl, he saved a future king, he has a title and is worth something now—and you’re still not ready to take the plunge with him? Hey Leith! I volunteer as tribute. I’ll be your lady.
All in all the first season of this rookie series was great. I buzzed through it after it premiered and I cannot wait for the second season. These breaks kill me though. At least it didn’t get canceled; I seem to fall in love with shows that don’t live past a first season. So, what am I going to do in the meantime? Better yet, what are YOU going to do to keep yourself from going bonkers without seeing the lovely faces of Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Caitlin Stasey, and Torrance Coombs? You’re going to read these books to get you through—of course!
The King’s Deception by Steve Berry
If you thought Reign was filled with Tudor treachery, I dare you to try your hand at The King’s Deception. This novel is filled with history, mystery and murder. Sound familiar? Reign has all three! Steve Berry’s iconic character Cotton Malone is back and he’s trying to solve a centuries-old mystery: Was Queen Elizabeth I actually a man? If it’s true it has the potential to dismantle Great Britain down to its royal foundations. Conspiracies, betrayal, and thrills—oh my! The perfect balance of everything I love about Reign in a completely unrelated book. Yes!
How could I not mention this little gem? Mary might be the new ruler of France but another ruler threatens to shatter the entire kingdom’s existence. This nugget of awesomeness delves much deeper into the return of the blood and terror and Bash’s conquest to stop the Darkness from destroying everything that he loves. It’s a Kindle Edition and only 9,500 words, so this quickie can be read over, and over, and over—if you’re into that.
Need to get back to the royal roots and tap into the authenticity from which Reign was modeled? Well, why not try a classic? The Lion in Winter combines all of your favorite attributes, like psychological mind games and historical secrets. The story follows Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their rivalry to shove their most prized son to the front of the line for succession. The fight to the throne is on, and man it’s a good one!
Whether you want to continue your Reign-loving journey by reading Reign: Darkness Rises, dive into the intriguing and sometimes twisted world of Steve Berry with The King’s Deception, or travel back in time with The Lion in Winter, BookTrib has the perfect book for you. Stay strong ladies and gents, the hiatus is almost over—and we have the plague to look forward to. Crap. Waiting is looking better and better.