Title: A Princess of Spain
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #0.3
In: Kitty’s Greatest Hits (Carrie Vaughn)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal fantasy, Urban fantasy, Werewolves
Dates read: 1st November 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Arthur did not look at her.
Catherine is the princess of spain, and about to enter marriage with a sickly Englishman. But, when she realises that there are paranormal forces at work, she bands with his younger brother Henry to get rid of the evil.
I only recognised that this was about Henry the VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon because I read Falling Pomegranate Seeds. Which is amazing (read it). But, since I’m not all that well versed and, quite frankly, interested in Tudor History, I wouldn’t have really clicked as to what this story was actually about. Having said that, even if I hadn’t. I still would have thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s obviously a story about a historical figure, and it has a beautiful dose of the paranormal. Both things which always draw me in. Actually, I’m finding that the short stories in the lead up to Kitty and the Midnight Hour are so far beautifully able to mention historical moments that are quite well known. But in a oh so subtle way.
The political intrigue in this story immediately draws you in. It makes it almost impossible to look away as you want to find out how the Spanish princess will fare in an English court. Luckily, this is just a short story. Otherwise I would have happily wasted an entire afternoon trying to figure out who was up to what in this political tale.
Most people when they imagine Henry VIII, it’s a pretty bad image. Someone who liked to behead his wives and eat a lot. But, this short story gives a view of him as a young child. Before he begins to run around beheading women and divorcing the ones he didn’t kill…