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I enjoy this author, but I'm not a Gregory junkie. i buy her work based on simple things. This book intrigued me because I didn't know Lady Rivers (Duchess) story and I like the less known stories of people around the famous ones.
Plus, she tells a good tale and doesn't get bogged down in the history. After reading (listening) what I found fun to do was to read the reviews. So many people seem to rate this tale based on how the author treated the raters favorite women in history.
If you are a Margaret fan, you'll probably not enjoy this read. And the last quarter of the book dragged because of the repeatitiveness, i.e. off to battle, think loved ones will die, but surprisingly they don't.
But it was nice to see a loving couple do well. And Lady Rivers had 12 children! Oh my!
I think some may like it. It was tooooooo long! There was not enough happening to warrant the length. I love historical books and this time period, however this was grueling to get through.
The historical part, but even that was lacking. The characters were not that engaging. By the end I thought the two main characters were idiots. Why, because if someone you love turns into a monster serial killer you don't repeatedly back them and say it is my duty.
She was okay. I found her voice a little annoying and sleepy. She didn't do her men well or differentiate her characters enough.
Relief when it was over. In the last five minutes the end angered me, really?
I gave three stars for the story because of the effort.
This is a prequel to "The White Queen," (Elizabeth Woodville), and follows the story of her mother, Jaquetta, duchess of Bedford. Jaquetta's family is descended from Melusina, a water goddess, and the women in her family have inherited the ability to "scry," or foresee the future--a talent that Jaquetta possesses. This little bit of fantasy is woven into the historical story, and in fact, Jaquetta was accused of witchcraft by King Richard III, although he never pursued the charges and it happens after this story comes to a close. Gregory takes us through the court intrigue and politics of the time, which led to the War of Roses and eventually to the Tudor Dynasty, with consummate skill. Once of the things I love about Gregory's work is that she is an "herstorical" writer; she relates history from the point of view of the people who had the least power over their circumstances--women--and shows how women have turned the tide of history again and again. A very enjoyable read.
I cannot stand how anti-Tudor anti-Anne PG is. At times it feels like she single-handedly wants to bring back the Cousins' War- and this makes for excellent fiction.