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Spies, poison, and curses surround her...
Is there anyone she can trust?
The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker," Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa 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 to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family and will cost the lives of those she loves most in the world, including her precious only son, Prince Edward. Ultimately, the kingmaker's daughter will achieve her father's greatest ambition.
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September 26, 2017
The series is very good... keeps your attention and tells the story from different perspectives. Not one of my favorite ones from Ms. Gregory, but still a good one. I felt like some of this was a littel repetitive and lacked the keen eye for re-telling something from a previous book in the series...
July 26, 2012
This was one of the best portrayals of Anne Neville that I have read. Little more than a pawn in her father's schemes, she could do nothing but follow his orders until the day that Richard rescued her. I really enjoyed the portrayal of Richard who becomes Richard III. He proclaims his innocence i...
October 20, 2012
First let me say I am a huge PG fan. I have read all of her historical fiction novels and loved every one of them. I was very excited about the idea of reading about the life of Anne Neville (wife of Richard III). For some reason this book did not seem as compelling to me as her other novels. The...
January 01, 2013
Where I got the book: purchased through Waterstones. UK edition, signed.
Despite my eternal resolutions not to read any more of this Cousins' War series I couldn't resist getting a signed copy at the Historical Novel Society conference, so here I am reviewing yet another of these books and noting...
August 19, 2012
This would have been four stars, except that whenever I read about the War of the Roses I get really mad and spend a lot of time hollering about how if these people had just stopped marrying their cousins and named some boy Horace or Malcolm or Glen instead of Edward and Richard and George and He...
August 26, 2016
Confession – I’m an English history freak with a long-time special interest in 15th Century England & Richard III, & that’s why I read this – and why I sometimes read historical novels though I know they’re going to be bad! I have some issues with factual content related to this book, but...
November 08, 2012
I have given Philippa Gregory a rough time. I believed her writing was sometimes broad and dumbed down. I didn't put much faith in the historical accuracy of her work, believing she was more fiction than history.
Well, not with this story!! I didn't realize until I did my own investi...
August 08, 2017
You need a giant Prozac before you read this thing.
Gah! This book manages to be both boring as hell and depressing as hell at the same time.
I know, I know... the author is just reporting the facts, not trying to glamorize it.
And yet.. very little is written or known about the heroine and narrat...
December 30, 2012
There is something about Philippa Gregory's writing that is enthralling. This story was told from Anne Neville's point of view and I found it fascinating, especially since the last book I'd read by this author was The Lady of the Rivers. I love it when a series takes on different perspectives so...
August 22, 2012
Although readers whom strive for historical accuracy have been quite let down by PG; I tried to go into this novel with a clean slate. Meaning that I already knew “The Kingmaker’s Daughter” would include a certain level of fluff (at least PG finally admits to this in her “Author’s Note”); so I de...