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)
It was told in the eyes of a child
It was So good from beginning to end can hardly wait for her next book
Absolutely. A tale of such magnitude and complexity requires more than one listen to absorb all of the nuances that were probably missed the first two or three times.
I thoroughly enjoyed the narration and the descriptiveness of the story.
My favorite character was the younger daughter.
I did not wish to listen to it all in one sitting because of its complexity, which required that I allow some marination time in my brain.
Phillippa Gregory is one of the greats when it comes to writing historical fiction, and her books are well suited to the audio format. This is the second Gregory audiobook that I have heard performed by Bianca Amato (among a cast of characters), and she was an excellent choice.
Ms. Gregory tells a fascinating story about an important moment in history using the voices of several amazing women.
That it tells the story of Richard the thirds wife in which she is presented as a whole woman, not the dishrag presented by history.
She gives life to many of her characters. She helps keep you engaged in the story
Anne Neville, the forgotten Queen
Can't wait for Princess Elizabeth of York to weigh in!
I love anything by this author! She really brings the characters to life. Great narration by Bianca Amato as well.
The story was fantastic and so true to the history. The actress reading the book was perfect. Her proper English was very good and easy to understand.
Loved all the characters.
Her proper English was very good and easy to understand.
A good drama but the author repeats herself far too many times. I actually yelled out loud once (in my car thankfully) to stop saying the same things over and over again. I got a couple of other titles I was waiting for, so have put off finishing this one until later. I will go back to it though when I'm done the others.
I believe the characters come to life so much better when read by a talented narrator. This book was no exception...well done
Anne was by far my favorite character. I was disappointed that she died of a broken heart after all she had conquered already in her life. I would have wished her to grow stronger, not weaker. However, you can't change history.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys medieval historical fiction and Phillipa Gregory's works, in particular.
This is the third point of view of the same historical events I have read of Phillipa Gregory's accounts of the Cousins' War. I loved how each time the author has been loyal to her protagonist/narrator in each particular book.
Bianca Amato has an extraordinary vocal range and portrayed the many characters with individual specificity.
To thine own self be true...since it is impossible to trust anyone else!
Sometimes yes and sometimes no. This book didn't move at a steady pace. It was alternately exciting and boring. The concept of the story - two sisters being manipulated by their father to marry into the royal family - was far more exciting than Philippa Gregory was actually able to pull off.
I identified the most with Anne Neville, the younger and seemingly more level-headed of the two sisters.
I have no issues with the narrator.
This story feels incomplete. I was dissatisfied with the way it ended because I was left with so many questions. So many that I can't help but wonder if it was intentional.
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