Friday, May 3, 2013

The Kingmaker's Daughter

Lively. I’m looking for two things when I read historical fiction: a reasonably close adherence to real history, and a presentation of historical characters who come to life through the author’s ability to make them fully rendered personalities. Philippa Gregory does that and more in her novel, The Kingmaker’s Daughter. The War of the Roses period in English history is rife with excitement, and Gregory has written other novels focused on specific characters of the period. In the current book, the focus is primarily on Anne Neville, daughter of Richard, Earl of Warwick, and her sister, Isabel. Richard chooses mates for his daughters hoping that one or the other Neville girl will become Queen of England. Gregory’s 400+ pages of politics, battles, setbacks and advances will entertain any reader who enjoys finely written historical fiction. Most of all, readers will feel that we know many of these characters as individuals and care deeply about what happens to them. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase The Kingmaker’s Daughter from

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