Betrayals and History: A Review of GILT by Katherine Longshore

Katherine Longshore
398 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: May 15th, 2012
Source: ARC from ALA

In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free– and love comes at the highest price of all.

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.

   Filled with treacherous betrayals and lost hope, Katherine Longshore’s Gilt is a must read for fans of historical fiction. Some truths are meant to stay buried, and one loose thread could bring the downfall of an entire court.

   Magical court fantasies, dazzling dresses, and gleaming jewels – move aside. What happens at court is nothing short of treacherous.

   In Katherine Longshore’s historical world, betrayals, lies, and dangerous words take to the stage. Kitty Tylney knows every word can be turned against her – and when her best friend Cat takes them all to the court of the king, the stakes only get higher. Some friendships are meant to be broken. But for Kitty, Cat is more than a friend, Cat is her savior. But how many times can she repay her?

   Fans of historical fiction will be sure to find Gilt a must-read gem in the mine of young-adult novels. The descriptive prose, give you more than just a peak at the 1500’s – they give you the feel of it, the taste of it, and more than anything: the danger of it.

   The Tudors is a time many find romantic. But Katherine Longshore portrays another side – the darker, truer side. As seen in her author’s notes, Gilt is more than a fictitious tale, a lot of research was put into its writing. And her diligent research pays off – Gilt will keep you turning the pages in time to your pounding heart. After all, you can’t resist the temptation of finding who’s head will be next?

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Katie @ BlookGirl

    May 11, 2012

    Great review, Hafsah! This is next on my list and I can't WAIT to dive in. I love any story about The Tudors and I am positive that Katherine Longshore will not disappoint :-)

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    Anna @ Literary Exploration

    May 11, 2012

    I am a CRAZED Tudor fan and I totally agree with you about how amazing this one is! It's such a great take on the Tudor era, and so historically accurate that I LOVE IT! She does a fab job :)

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    May 11, 2012

    Wow, Gilt sounds fantastic! I must read this soon. Great, great review, Hafsah! :D

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    Sierra Abrams

    May 11, 2012

    This sounds great! I'm definitely interested in reading it. I like that it doesn't sounds like happily ever after…
    Great review!
    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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    Cass (Words on Paper)

    May 15, 2012

    That cover still doesn't do anything for me, but I'm glad you liked it! I'm actually not that familiar with the Tudor Ages, but I love a good historical.

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    Alyssa Susanna

    August 15, 2012

    So… I'm reading this book right now. I haven't gotten to where Kitty goes to where Cat is. I'm not sure how I like it so far. It seems a bit dry. And there are some anachronisms in terms of the language. I'm pretty sure some of the things Kitty and Cat say, people in the 1500s did not. But whatever. I hope I like it. I have a feeling I'm not going to like the way William and Kitty's relationship will end (as in, it will). I'm giving it a shot though! Thanks for the review :)

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    August 25, 2012

    I am such a fan of this time period. It's so interesting!!! Definitely sounds like a book I'd like!

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    Jaime Lester

    October 19, 2012

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of Gilt a while back. I haven't had the chance to read it yet, but I am excited for it. It is rare that historical fiction can make me happy and keep me interested unless it has some serious action and adventure (I know, I suck), but I think Gilt is one that will do it. It seems to have the right amount of action and intrigue. I am so glad that you enjoyed it!

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    October 30, 2012

    I love historical fiction. I am so excited about reading this now! Thank you for reviewing.

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    November 4, 2012

    Sounds great! I've definitely got my eye on this one. I love historical fiction, especially when the author has clearly done their research. :)

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    November 12, 2012

    I really liked this too! I'm quite a newbie to historical fiction but I've quickly fallen in love with genre. I had high hopes for Gilt and though it was a bit of a bumpy start, I grew to love it in the end. Also, talk about addictive! Katherine has written a great dbeut and I can't wait for Tarnish! Epic review :)