The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

TheOtherQueenTitle: The Other Queen
Author: Philippa Gregory
Series: The Tudor Court
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Constant Princess
2. The Other Boleyn Girl
3. The Boleyn Inheritance
4. The Queen’s Fool
5. The Virgin’s Lover
Date Started: July 6
Date Finished: July 7
Format: Hardcover from local library

The Other Queen starts in the tenth year of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Not much has changed. Elizabeth is still a spinster, there are still plots to topple her from her throne, and Cecil is her commanding officer in all things. The only difference now is that Mary, Queen of Scots, has claimed asylum – read prisoner –  in her country due to some misfortune. Queen Mary has been toppled from her throne in Scotland because she is believed to have assisted her husband’s murderer and her son taken from her. Elizabeth knowing what it is like to be kept from her inheritance, feels for Mary’s plight and agrees to help her return to her throne in Scotland and her son. She tasks George Talbot, earl of Shrewsbury, and his wife Bess to keeping her until they can arrange her re-ascension. But like with everything in the Tudor court, there is always some kind of plot a foot.

As always Philippa Gregory is a masterful storyteller. Her attention to detail and the way that she has her characters pop off the page is really something to admire. I liked The Other Queen mostly because as a person who loves the TV show Reign, I was really excited to see Queen Mary of Scotland under Gregory’s care. She didn’t disappoint, mostly. Mary was a good character dedicated to her cause of Scotland and getting back to her son, BUT I was really disappointed with how one-tracked her mind was. I felt like I could have made a drinking game out of all the times Mary bemoaned – But I am Queen of Scotland, France and England! – or had some plot up her sleeve to rid England of Elizabeth. George and Bess Talbot were okay characters. Bess was what I’ve been wanting to see in books from this era for ages. A woman who wants her own fortune without depending on a man to have it. Loved her. George, on the other hand, was so easily brought into Mary’s web I was surprised that Bess didn’t call him a fool sooner.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Good, interesting read. Was a huge fan of the short chapters and the change of POV. However, was not a huge fan of the time jump of 15 years at the end. I get why that was done – this book would have been lengthy otherwise – but it just felt wrong. You go from the Duke of Suffolk’s death, where George has a dream of Queen Mary’s execution to Queen Mary actually being executed? Shouldn’t there have been at least one more chapter of another plot?

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