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The Kingmaker's Daughter | [Philippa Gregory]

The Kingmaker's Daughter

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Philippa Gregory (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Ellen Kitty Hawk, NC, United States 10-08-12
    Ellen Kitty Hawk, NC, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very enjoyable historical fiction"

    This was my first book by this author, don't know how I missed her. I have since purchased all her books on good reads and cannot wait to listen to all of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 09-17-12
    Linda 09-17-12

    I AM RETIRED LOVE TO LISTEN TO AUDIBLE BOOKS IN BED . LOVE SEWING,CRAFTS, AND GOING TO CHURCH.

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    "a book you cant put down"
    What did you love best about The Kingmaker's Daughter?

    the story line was great, if you like history and the way they do things then you will like this book. a fast read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kingmaker's Daughter?

    the kings wedding


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the birth of her baby


    If you could take any character from The Kingmaker's Daughter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    all


    Any additional comments?

    the only thing i didnt like was how they treated their mother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie G. Jones Louisville, KY 09-10-12
    Julie G. Jones Louisville, KY 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "You can't go wrong with Philipa Gregory"

    I've listened to several of Philipa Gregory's books and they are all great. I enjoy Bianca Amato's narration as much as any I've heard.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Spofford 05-03-15
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    "Good"

    Overall good but some things seem to be repeated too often as if to make the book long enough. Perhaps not enough was known of her life.

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    Stephanie Tempe, AZ, United States 03-06-15
    Stephanie Tempe, AZ, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the whole series."

    These books are so refreshing a read. Just bought the next one and I will be sad when I run out of them.

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    Rebecca 03-03-15
    Rebecca 03-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "expected excellence"

    Enjoyable read and swept away despite knowing the ending already. characters are vividly displayed throughout.

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    Julie 02-20-15
    Julie 02-20-15
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    "Another good one from Gregory!"

    4.5 stars, another great novel by Philippa Gregory! Not the best in the series, but still very enjoyable.

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    deborah 02-16-15
    deborah 02-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great to listen another person's pov"

    After watching the white queen and then listening to the audiobook I had to hear this story from another pov. can't wait to hear the Lady Rivers

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    Kathy 01-05-15
    Kathy 01-05-15
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    "Don't waste your time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having the entire book rewritten by Diana Gabaldon, who knows how to tell a story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philippa Gregory again?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was adequate; however, her characters all sounded alike and it seemed like she disliked the book as much as I did.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Kingmaker's Daughter?

    Most of it -- there was very little story there, mostly one woman whining about her miserable life and how everyone was conspiring against her to keep her "down."


    Any additional comments?

    The writing of this book was so poor and characters so listlessly portrayed that it was a major effort to finish it...I won't try any of her books again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 07-19-14
    Donna 07-19-14
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    "Another hit!"

    Thank you for such great tales of the royal families of England. They are a very enthralling group!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Helen
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    12/15/12
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    "Six out of ten"

    Overall I enjoyed this and I wanted to hear it all. However I have some comments.



    I know the use of a neutral narrator is a literary device used to anchor the story; but I found the narrator in the story not so much neutral as vacant. This impression was emphasised by the delivery of the reader, which I found overly naive and bewildered. She could have started to get on my nerves. She also had some strange pronounciations - Mar'n for Martin, La'n for Latin, Burr-wick for Berwick, and Beaulieu as if it were French are a few examples. Perhaps they are historically correct, but I found they jarred.



    As the relationships are so complex, with kings coming and going, sometimes more than once each, marrying their cousins, and everybody being called either Henry or Richard, Anne or Margaret, there is a lot of repetition along the lines of " My mother reminded me that A was my greatuncle, the second son of my great grandfather by his second wife B, who was the daughter of C. How could he do this to me? I was the daughter of C, one of his oldest friends who had fought with him at the Battle of X before he changed sides and joined forces with D ?" etc.



    Not really bad but not fantastic either.



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    Winkleigh, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Wonerful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kingmaker's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the printed version


    What other book might you compare The Kingmaker's Daughter to, and why?

    I just love Philippa Gregory's books and find it difficult to pick one out of the many and this wife of Richard the 3rd does play such an important role in English history.


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favourite?

    Margaret the mother of Henry the 7th. She just never gave up


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was sad that she died so young.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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