Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Book Review- The White Queen

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Ive read several of Phillipa Gergory's historical fictions. They have all been good, 
but then, I love learning about this time period and this intriguing family. While 
most of the story may be false, the people and the events are all true.
What makes this book different from the others that Ive read is that it is 
a bit lighter, more fanciful, less bogged down with facts and historical references. 
It was an easier and more fun read than the others. 

This book follows the story of King Edward and Queen Elizabeth, from the moment 
they fell in love, to the end of his life and the mystery surrounding the death of their
sons. (This king and queen are actually King Henry VIII's grandparents- their oldest 
daughter is King Henry VIII's mother.) The mystery of what happened to their two sons 
and heirs to the throne remains a mystery to this day. There are many rumors as to who had 
them killed and when, though the why is fairly obvious enough.

I liked that this book was based on a marriage founded on love, unlike most marriages 
during that time. There is a magical element and the book really held my attention 
until about 3/4s of the way in. (That seems to be happening a lot with the books 
Ive been reading lately.) At that point, it became a bit dull. The ending was not 
really an ending at all, as there is another book that picks up where this one leaves off, 
but tells the tale through the eyes of another Queen- The Red Queen.

It's a good book and though I probably wont read The Red Queen, I will continue to 
read her books.

Rating: ***

Rating Scale
*****: Amazing, wonderful, MUST-read, loved it!
****: Really liked it, would recommend, good book!
***: Liked it, enjoyable, but not the greatest book ever written. 
**: Not so great, some good parts, but overall, it was just ok. 
*: Didnt like it, wouldnt recommend it, bad book all around.

1 comment:

Chantal said...

I have most of her books sitting in my office right now waiting to be read. I'm working my way through the Tudor series, trying to read them in order. I don't have the White Queen yet though!