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)
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.
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......
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boston Book Lover
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.
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.
The narrator normally helps to set the story for me at any rate. I love Philippa Gregory books - but I have to say this one has left me cold, but I think it is due to the narrator. It's strange how you think a voice should be and how easy it is for the voice to alter your decision on a book. I'll be honest I've left this book unfinished due to the narrator's voice.
"Good Book, bad narration!"
I love Phillipa Gregory and loved this book, parts were so well written i was left speechless (pregnant sea voyage!) Cant fault the writing or story, would buy again!
However, unfortunately the narration was difficult to listen to for long and i was very aware i was listening to someone's voice, which isnt my experience with other audiobooks.
I love this period of history, every bit as exciting as the Tudors which have dominated our bookshelves for a few years now. Understanding this turbulent time makes you realise how lucky Henry VIII was to ever get to the throne at all.
The balance of power is so fickle ,such a fine line is trodden between sitting on or off the throne. Warwick,s two daughters are used and abused by their betters and show how dangerous the times were in which they lived. Phillipa Gregory writes with her usual descriptive prose and brings to life the danger of being a woman in a dominant male world
"Very engrossing , very Philippa Gregory"
Very good, about an era prior to the Tudors. It was along the typical Philippa Gregory line. Which means I have to leave a good period of time between each of her books. But so very discriptive, without long passages which lose your attention. I could taste and smell the time of history written about while I was listening.
"You have to know your history"
I enjoyed this because I had read the others in the series and understood the historical period. For those coming to it fresh, you need to read around to fully appreciate it.
It brought the period to life. I did not want to switch off I was so engrossed in finding out what happened to the Kingmakers daughter
"This doesn't disappoint"
Like All Philippa Gregory's books, this is a goody. The Cousins War series has been splendid and I see now that "The White Queen" has become a television series. I love this period of history and always enjoy a good, well written fictional version of the tale. Ms Gregory is a master in this department. Long may she continue to enthral us.
"Another masterpiece by Phillipa Gregory."
I've read several of Phillipa Gregory's books and loved them all. The Kingmaker's daughter was just as good. My only criticism would be that her books seem very similar to each other after you've heard a few, but I just listen to something else in-between and am always happy to return to her books.
"Fascinating; annoying ending"
The story brought me to the medieval times which I wished for. Still have to discover the author and her other books, but the story annoyed me of constant ups and downs; a part you thought was already the happy ending begins another tragic story. Most annoyed of the twist in the ending about niece-uncle relationship??? (Wish i never heard it, but yes, it was really a debatable side of true history). I loved the character of Richard III in this book, unlike what they say he was. I hate some of the repeated lines (e.g.about the 2 princes' death in the hands of the king), but love how 'Anne' was read as the king talks to her...so sweet. Not good in rating narrators, but she was fine w/ me, esp. becoming a sexy voice for the kings.
"Good story, but not as engaging as it should be"
A great story and a side of the War of the Roses which is often overlooked.
However, the narrator continually sounds as if she's about to burst into tears and I found that incredibly off putting. She also says "orf" instead of off. A small complaint, but after the first few times it really started to grate.
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