In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number-one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes.
The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games, but they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, 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 brought up in intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Her will is tested when she is left widowed and fatherless, with her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Fortune's wheel turns again when Richard rescues Anne from her sister's house, with danger still following Anne, even as she eventually ascends to the throne as queen. Having lost those closest to her, she must protect herself and her precious only child, Prince Edward, from a court full of royal rivals.
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"The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory’s latest. . . . The stakes are high as Anne and Isabel Neville, daughters of the earl of Warwick ("The Kingmaker"), vie for their father's favor and a chance at the throne.... In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women's lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gregory delivers another vivid and satisfying novel of court intrigue, revenge, and superstition. Gregory's many fans as well as readers who enjoy lush, evocative writing, vividly drawn characters, and fascinating history told from a woman's point of view will love her latest work." (Library Journal
"Conspiracy and a fight to the death for love and power." (Los Angeles Times)
The narrator was superb and the story was fascinating that I could not stop listening to it
When anne went to court at the christmas festives. I think it was one of the happiest times of her life.
Bianca Amato did an excellent job in giving each character distinct accents and different voice tones. Her performance was impeccable. I really enjoyed listening to her.
The Nevilles, maybe......
Ffinally gave up, it was too dragged out both in the writing and the delivery.
There are many great parts of this story. This is basically the Richard III story but told about the women instead of the men. It had great possibilities.
Pretentious and dragged out.
All these women who part of the story of the Tudor rise to the throne are so interesting. But so far I have been disappointed in the books. The reading makes the characters seem so weak and whiny.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
melodrama of history.
There were no particularly memorable moments in this book for me though it was a solid read.
I found the continual mourning of the main characters almost tiresome, though this book is no doubt at least partially based on true fact.
I enjoy Ms. Gregory's books and will continue to "listen" to them! Bring on the White Princess.
Choreographer. Director. Actor. Educator. And lover of audio books! They are theatre for the mind!
Lady of the River's may still be my favorite book of this series this one is a close second. Ms. Gregory does an amazing job of weaving together I single story with multiple points of view. Even though it is the pretty much the same story as the first 3 books, the reader gets a whole new point of view and a whole new Hero to love and Villain to hate. THIS IS A MUST READ!!!! But listen to the other books in the series first it will help with understanding.
Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.
The thing about Philippa Gregory’s books is you can always read them again! I find my self cross referencing her other books in this series.
It’s amazing how you read one of the books in the series, and you are completely behind the main character. Then you read another and you change your mind completely. I think now that I have read all three, I need to read them again to decide which character is really my favorite.
My favorite scene was when Anne and Isabelle made up after fighting for so long. I think it was a perfect scene to show how sisters can have so much hate and envy towards each other, but sisterly love is forever. However, the most intense scene was when Isabelle went into labor on the ship. It was so intense and powerful. The scene set the tone for the events that followed.
I love the history but this one went on way too long. I understand shaping and building characters but it got to the point I did not care what Ann had to say.
I enjoyed the other books I listened to but this one dragged.
Women voices were Ok but the men left a little to be desired.
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This book is historically incorrect on many fronts but the most obvious is to suggest Anne Neville wife of Richard III was in any way instrumental in bringing about the disappearance or death of Edward V and Richard Duke of York - whether you believe their deaths were due to Richard III or not is one thing to suggest Anne had anything to do with it is to deny all historical knowledge and evidence. According to chroniclers of the time Robert Brackenbury was under strict orders from the king that anything to do with the Princes could only have been done on receipt of a royal warrant from King Richard himself to suggest he took it on himself at a mere suggestion from Anne is to defame the man's character.
Also Ms Gregory really needs to decide if she is writing an historical novel or a fantasy piece as it is doubtful any person interested in this period of history today would believe Elizabeth Wydville capable of witchcraft.
Furthermore the book is badly written the same points are made again and again and again it is repetitive and tedious in the extreme. There are several instances of use of the present day vernacular which strikes a discordant note in the narrative. I would suggest this book was written to appeal to a young audience who would not know or care about historical detail.
All in all I would not recommend this book.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The White Queen. I've read many of Philippa Gregory's book and they're always top notch. Likewise I enjoyed # 2, The Red Queen. By the time # 3 (The Lady of the Rivers) rolled around I was starting to worry a little about how things were going. I applaud the idea of taking the same basic story and telling (and retelling) it from different perspectives, but by the time I got to # 4 (The Kingmaker's Daughter) the idea was feeling overplayed. There was a lot of repetition in this book (the main character obsessing over the same thoughts and making the same points over and over) and I think this, coupled with the fact that the reader pretty much knows the story inside and out by this point, made for dry reading from time to time. Once you get passed the first 3 books the only thing new is the main character's inner thoughts and perspective so there's nothing really that makes this a compelling page turner. Nobody new joins the story, there are no big revelations, you know who is going to die and at what point in the timeline, etc. It's nice to know what Ann's thoughts were on everything, but that's just it, nice. I don't feel like it paid off in comparison to the time and money investment of buying and listening to the book. Having read the reviews for Book # 5 I don't think I'm going invest another 15 hours in this story, and I don't think I'll lose any sleep over it.
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If you have been following the Cousin's War series, you will certainly want to read this. I love getting all the different perspectives from different players. Fascinating.
The escape at sea where Isabella went into labor.
The story is told from the perspective of the daughter. She makes assumptions without knowing all the facts which gives her impressions of those around her. Her eyes are then opened as the story unfolds and she learns the truth. So many emotions in this story makes this book quite a roller coaster of feelings to read/listen to. Rarely was there a dull moment.
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