5 stars · fiction · history · romance · young adult

Gilt by Katherine Longshore


Katherine Longshore

pages: [hardcover]: 398

favorite characters:
kitty & cat


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.


Gilt is a historical young adult book filled with danger, intrigue, and endless drama. Kitty finds herself keeping secrets that anyone could lose their head over-literally. I was immediately wrapped up in learning about the 16th century class system, where most people would do anything to advance their status. This book shows just how insignificant a woman’s role was in that time and also how easily those in power can lose favor with the king. I came into this knowing nothing extra about the historical bacjground and now want to read even more about this time period. With wonderful descriptions of the setting, dialogue that is both as to the point and cutthroat as the class system, and a well defined cast of characters, Gilt is a book that I will turn back to again and again. It has everything a person could want in a historical novel: kings and queens, romance, suspense, and an ending that you’ll never forget.

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