Review: Gilt by Katherine Longshore

GiltTitle: Gilt

Author: Katherine Longshore

Series: The Royal Circle #1

Genre: YA Historical

Summary (from Goodreads)

When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII’s heart and brings Kitty to court, she’s thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat’s shadow, Kitty’s now caught between two men–the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat’s meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.


I’m discovering that historical fiction is something that I really enjoy reading every once in a while. I’m not a particularly girly girl, but even I can be swayed by the decadence and romance typical of historical fiction.

Gilt was the perfect book to indulge with. Full of secret love affairs, glamorous parties and dangerous intrigue, it sucked you into the world of Henry VIII’s Court until a small part of you almost (almost) wished you could have been there, despite the amount of burning at the stake and decapitation that was going on at the time.

I loved the imagining of Catherine Howard as an arrogant, ambitious young woman who dragged her friends along with her, willingly or otherwise, and I totally believed how the other girls became so enraptured by her, even though she could be scary. And though we know, by the very nature of historical novels, exactly what is going to happen, it’s still fascinating – and at times nail biting – to watch things unfold.

The names were a bit annoying, with so many Catherines, but I understand that for the sake of historical accuracy it had to be kept that way. Otherwise, for a quick, slightly saucy (in a strictly YA way) read full of ball gowns and back stabbing, this is perfect.

Rating: 4/5


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