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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a bit lighter, more fanciful, less bogged down with facts and historical references.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.
*****: 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.