"Phoenix Rising: A novel of Anne Boleyn" by Hunter Jones is a beautifully artistic and original piece of historical fiction that evoked a wide range of emotions in me. The book moved me and brought magic and wonder to the sad event in British History. Being a fan of fiction about the Tudor times I'm pleased to have found a book with such a unique and engaging approach.
Jones tells of the last hour of Queen Anne Boleyn and does so wonderfully with the help of an astrological chart: Twelve segments, all corresponding to the houses in astrology, focus on different aspects of her forthcoming death.
Letters, thoughts and actions come together in a small literary jigsaw that is a detailled, historically accurate and thought provoking.
The story is told from the inside and from the outside, with compassion and understanding, and with a view to the bigger picture.
Having read and loved Jones's September series I had high expectations for her stab at history but I was not prepared for the emotional impact the story had on me, nor for the ease with which her talent transferred to historical fiction.
This is very impressive.