‘Owen’ is the story of a man who went from a Welsh solider in the English army, to a servant, and then ended up marrying the dowager queen of England. His descendants would go on to rule multiple countries around Europe. The founder of a great dynasty that would change England and therefore the world.
Owen Tudor is one of the people in the Wars of the Roses, that I have never seen portrayed in film or writing. That was until I read this book. I think it is quite strange that many have not ventured into writing about this man as in a sense he founded the Tudor Dynasty. The character work here is very one dimensional but I can see why since there is not a lot to base Owen on. I did like the portrayal of Queen Catherine and the dialogue that came along with that.
I have talked far and wide for my love of the Middle Ages and more specifically the Wars of the Roses time period. The author did a great deal of research on the time period and the people in it.
The writing is where I think this fell flat for me but it also could have been the plot but we will get to that. It was very mechanical and simple. Which does make for an easy read but I got bored with it. One dimensional is a word that I would use to overall describe my time reading ‘Owen’.
As stated before, it is obvious that the writer did his research for the first installment of the Tudor trilogy. That is great but it also held him back a lot. If you know the life of Owen Tudor that is exactly what you are going to get with very few moments going in depth or veering off course. It got dull and repetitive as the story went on.
The character work here is very one dimensional but I can see why since there is not a lot to base Owen on.The author did a great deal of research on the time period and the people in it. The writing was very mechanical and simple. The plot got dull and repetitive as the story went on. I did not hate this book or love it, I left it with no strong feelings therefore it will a receive a 2.5 star.
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The author did an admirable job of researching the life of Owen Tudor and the time period. Though the character work was one dimensional and the writing was mechanical and repetitive, the portrayal of Queen Catherine and the author’s overall attention to historical detail make this a worthwhile read.