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Publisher's Summary

'I was a penniless, landless petitioner, my Neville blood a curse, my future dependent on the charity of those who despised me....'

Anne Neville is the heiress and daughter of the greatest powerbroker in the land, Warwick the Kingmaker. Trapped in a deadly tangle of political intrigue, she is a pawn in an uncertain game, used by the houses of Neville, York and Lancaster alike. In England's glittering, treacherous court, not all wish to see the Nevilles raised high.

The Earl of Warwick's ambition and pride lead him into an attempt to depose the Yorkist King; his treason forces his family into exile. Humiliated and powerless in a foreign land, Anne must find the courage and the wit to survive in such a dangerous man's world.

In this compulsively listenable audiobook, Anne O'Brien vividly evokes the story of Richard III's queen with a passion and vibrancy reminiscent of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir.

©2010 Anne O’Brien (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

Praise for Anne O'Brien:
"Anne O'Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists." ( Sunday Express)
"One of the best writers around...she outdoes even Philippa Gregory." ( The Sun)
"Her writing is highly evocative of the time period.... O'Brien has produced an epic tale." ( Historical Novel Society)
"Anne O'Brien's novels give a voice to the 'silent' women of history." ( Yorkshire Post)
"Once again O'Brien proves herself a medieval history magician, conjuring up a sizzling, sweeping story." ( Lancashire Evening Post)
"An exciting and intriguing story of love and historical politics. If you enjoy Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir you will love Anne O'Brien." ( We Love This Book)
"A brilliantly researched and well-told story; you won't be able to put this book down." ( Candis)
"A fast paced historical drama that is full of suspense." ( Essentials)

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  • JuneJo
  • 10-13-16

Wars of the Roses through slightly different eyes

I enjoyed the story from Anne Neville's point of view having read extensively about this period of English history.
The reader, however, was less than expert making many rather ignorant mispronunciations and often making strange pauses in the wrong places.
The rating reflects my reasonable enjoyment of the story but irritation with the level of reading.

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  • Jessci Riddell
  • 05-15-17

not bad

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The story is not as good in my opinion as the king makers daughter by Phillipa Gregory but it is still good.

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  • T E BUXTON
  • 09-18-21

Great read!

Loved this book, well worth listening to.
Written amd narrated expertly giving the the reader/listener an insight into the private world of Ann Nevel and Richard Plantagenet.

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  • Alison
  • 04-06-21

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This narrator mispronounced so many words that she quite spoiled the story for me. Interesting story though.

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  • suds
  • 09-19-20

the Virgin widow

another brilliant story I do enjoy her books full of mystery intrigue and love I would enjoy reading another one of her books