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Henry VIII's Tudor court meets time-traveling teen assassins in this riveting thriller.Twins Charlie and Alex Douglas are the newest time travelers recruited to the Forty-Eight, a clandestine military...
Henry VIII's Tudor court meets time-traveling teen assassins in this riveting thriller.Twins Charlie and Alex Douglas are the newest time travelers recruited to the Forty-Eight, a clandestine military...
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  • Henry VIII's Tudor court meets time-traveling teen assassins in this riveting thriller.
    Twins Charlie and Alex Douglas are the newest time travelers recruited to the Forty-Eight, a clandestine military group in charge of manipulating history. The brothers are tasked with preventing Henry VIII from marrying Jane Seymour and arrive in 1536 feeling confident, but the Tudor court is not all banquets and merriment: it is a deep well of treachery, torture, lust, intrigue, and suspicion.
    That makes it especially dangerous for young people who refuse to "know their place"—young women who might, say, want to marry for love instead of status, or young men who would feel free to love each other, if it weren't forbidden. Told in alternating perspectives among Charlie, Alex, and sixteen-year-old Lady Margaret, a ladies' maid to Queen Anne Boleyn, The 48 captures the sights, smells, sounds, and hazards of an unhinged Henry VIII's court from the viewpoint of one person who lived that history—and two teens who have been sent to turn it upside down.
    Includes an author's note touching on her inspiration for the book and the research she did to bring the Tudor Court to life.

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  • Donna Hosie is the British author of the acclaimed The Devil's Intern, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, and its sequels The Devil's Dreamcatcher and The Devil's Banshee. The House of Tudor has always intrigued her, and she did copious research to recreate this disturbing and fascinating point in time for The 48.

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  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2018
    Those who don't learn history are doomed to repeat it, but what about those who learn history for the sake of changing it?The court of Henry VIII is a dangerous place to be. Between the king's outbursts, the queen's nervousness, and Cromwell's conniving, it's a hard place to relax. But redhead Charlie and his identical twin brother, Alex, who is gay, aren't there to relax. They are there to prevent Henry VIII from marrying Lady Jane Seymour, thus preventing the swell of Catholicism that follows her subsequent death. The twins are actually from the future, where they work for The 48 as Assets, people who are sent to different periods in history to alter timelines according to the wishes of the Termination Order Directorate. The assignment is risky, but Alex and Charlie feel up to the task--until they realize that deception and disloyalty have followed them from their own time period. Hosie (The Devil's Banshee, 2016, etc.) paints a picture of Tudor England with a carefully detailed brush, bringing the sights and sounds to the forefront while juggling a complex plot and several subplots filled with twists, turns, and torture. The characters, who all present as white and are of varying social classes, fully embody the language and spirit of their times.A fast-paced, well-researched, clever tale of loyalty, torture, and the power of persistence. (author's note) (Science fiction. 14-18)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 8, 2018
    Hosie folds elements of science fiction into a story set in 1536 England that features the alternating perspectives of three teen protagonists: Lady Margaret, a lady’s maid to Queen Anne Boleyn with secrets of her own, and twins Alex and Charlie, members of “the 48,” a time-traveling secret police force. The brothers voyage to 1536 on a mission to “eradicate religion from the ages” by preventing the marriage of Jane Seymour and Henry VIII and the subsequent rise of Catholicism. In this effort, Alex and Charles, along with an accidental third time traveler, Alice, cleverly infiltrate the court. Hosie fills the story with court intrigue, gossip, romance, and action. Additionally, she offers substantial background on the future world in which Charles, Alex, and Alice normally reside. Hosie’s teen characters are somewhat lacking in authenticity; the voices of Charles and Alex seem to belong to adult men. Fans of time travel stories will enjoy this unconventional blending of present-day ideologies and past politics. Ages 14–up.

  • Booklist "Readers will be completely captivated by the mystery and history in this adventure, and be swept away by the thrilling suspense."
  • Kirkus Reviews "A fast-paced, well-researched, clever tale of loyalty, torture, and the power of persistence."

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