Title: The Kingmaker’s Daughter
Author: Philippa Gregory
Series: The Cousins War
Previous Book in the Series:
1. The White Queen
2. The Red Queen
3. The Lady of the Rivers
Date Started: August 3
Date Finished: August 5
Format: Hardcover from local library
Summary from front cover flap:
The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the gripping story of the daughters of the man known as the “Kingmaker,” Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters Anne and Isabel as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.
At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family and will cost the lives of those she loves most in the world, including her precious only son, Prince Edward. Ultimately, the kingmaker’s daughter will achieve her father’s greatest ambition.
To be quite honest (when am I ever not in these reviews?) this book was a page turner once I got going on it. Anne’s story is scarily good. The thing that I love most about Philippa Gregory in these books is how well she writes her characters who come from two different camps where you can’t help but root for each different character despite their loyalties. Anne was cool because I was always interested with her story and that of her sister’s during The White Queen and I got a little more insight into what they went through with this book. Although a lot of my questions got answered, I still have a few. Like what happened between Richard and his brother Edward that would make Richard turn on his nephew after his brother’s death? It couldn’t be just his hatred towards Edward’s wife and how he believed she was a witch, right? And what really happened to Elizabeth Woodville’s sons? Obviously one got sent away, but what about Edward? If he wasn’t in the Tower and Richard didn’t have him killed, did he really escape to Flanders? Or was that a lie?
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. An engaging continuation that answered a lot of questions and showed another side to the story we were presented with in both The White Queen and The Red Queen. I felt really bad for Anne and Isabel in this book. They are paraded around as pawns to be used not only by their father but then their husbands too. And when they finally get to use themselves as pawns, some crazy stuff happens that almost tears England apart.
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