I thought the book had good points, but it was very disappointing. I have read many books on the subject of Richard III, nonfiction and fiction. This ..Show More »is my least favorite. The total vilification and spurious attacks on the Woodville family was shocking.
This is a fairytale version of the story. It's not good historical fiction!! In fact, I would recommend reading books 1 and 4 of Phillipa Gregory's Cousins War series before touching this. I'm not a fan of PG, but her work on Ann Neville and Elizabeth Woodville is far more touching and well-researched than this book.
Read Kingmakers Daughter, then The White Queen. Anne Easter Smith's story of Richard III is also very good and available on Audible. Also The Seventh Son.
I simply loved all three volumes of Sandra Worth's trilogy, of which this is the second. Being a great reader of historical fiction, I am not easy to..Show More » please at this point. However I found Sandra Worth's account of Richard III, the workings of his heart and mind, all the terrible pressures to which he was subjected by a political climate of constant intrigue and betrayal, and the decisions he made in the face of those pressures, to make a riveting listen, particularly as narrated by Robin Sachs. I will certainly never look at Richard III the same way again-- and having finished the trilogy I am somewhat stunned to find that in fact I feel as if during all the hours of listening to these three books, I actually lived through the 1470's and 1480's with Richard and Anne. Bottom line: Sandra Worth is a marvelous writer, Robin Sachs is a terrific narrator, and the entire trilogy is a wonderful listen !
Sandra Worth takes us into the mind and heart of Richard III, that much maligned king of Shakespearean fame, and gives us an entirely different interp..Show More »retation of his character than has been traditional for hundreds of years. Beyond that, she writes a great story. I was pulled along by her beautiful prose every step of the way, and by the last part of the book, which depicts the rather sad end to which Richard comes, I felt as if I had truly lived through those terrible times with him. This is an engrossing listen, particularly after hearing or reading the first two books of this trilogy-- in fact, as proof of their addictive power, I admit that I listened to all three volumes in three days. Don't miss a single one !! Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys truly great historical fiction.