August 4, 2013

BOOK REVIEW | The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory

Basic information
Title: The Kingmaker’s Daughter
Author: Philippa Gregory
Series: The Cousins’ War #4
Genre: historical fiction, adult
Published by: Touchstone in August 2012

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.

After reading ‘The White Queen’ and following the show that’s based upon that book along with this one and ‘The Red Queen’ (all by Philippa Gregory) it’s very logical that I would want to read this book. The Kingmaker’s Daughter has Anne Neville as the protagonist. As the daughter of Richard of Warwick aka ‘the kingmaker’ Anne has been through a lot since she was just a little girl of 8 years old. Throughout most of her youth she’s being used as a piece in a game by her father but ends up marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, for love after all. That doesn’t mean she won’t have to endure more misery though.

When I read The White Queen I was entirely on her side because Elizabeth did everything she did to protect her family, protect her king and protect herself. But when reading The Kingmaker’s Daughter you see Elizabeth put in a different light. Anne sees her as a witch, she is afraid of her, she thinks the queen will kill her and her sister just because Warwick killed Elizabeth’s father and brother. Anne is afraid the queen wants revenge. It was hard not to choose sides. Both women have their own opinions about the other and understand both of them.

I loved the Kingmaker’s Daughter just like I love every historical fiction novel I’ve read about the cousins’ war. I love history and I love reading about it. It’s even more fun when it’s not all facts but an actual story and that’s why I enjoy reading historical fiction so much. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in this time period, someone who might have read The White Queen or The Red Queen, anyone who watches ‘The White Queen’ on BBC right now, etc. I would just recommend it to everyone who likes to read a good book.

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