What worked: I'm a huge fan of the Tudors. Worsley shows readers a glimpse of what might have happened in the Tudor Court. Political intrigue runs high and power plays happen daily.
We see Elizabeth first as a 12 year-old betrothed to a rich family. Women at this time were discouraged to be outspoken and their main purpose was to further their families roles and prestige in court. The author is the chief curator at the Historic Royal Palace and she uses this research to bring life to the Tudor court. Katherine is shown as a scheming young woman who uses her wits to gain the attention of King Henry the Eighth. I didn't find her that likable as she uses her looks to get ahead even to the point of using others, including Elizabeth, to get her way. But Worsley brings life to Katherine and shows readers many other layers to her personality. We see someone who isn't the airheaded queen who ended up being beheaded due to her poor choices. She's smart, conning, but also is determined to rise up in the court.
Vivid glimpse into the volatile Tudor court where men held the power over everything, including the destiny of women. Readers see the courage of Elizabeth and how she takes destiny into her own hands.