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All the Queen's Players

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    Something was missing

    Unfortunately ALL THE QUEEN'S PLAYERS fell totally flat for me. Jane Feather used to be an auto buy author for me, with a strong voice showcasing fast moving tales of action, suspense, romance and passion, but she seems to have lost that voice. With this book I wasn't expecting a romance, but I was expecting a good story. Instead I felt that it just seemed to drag on and on. The plot never really went anywhere.it just stagnated.
    There was so much I thought Ms. Feather could have expanded upon, but instead she just seemed to jump from one scene to the next without ever completing or accomplishing anything. Maybe if she had focused on the just the action and secrets of the theater life or just the intrigues of Elizabeth's court, she could have told a more focused tale, but by trying to mix them both together she seemed discombobulated and generally all over the place, while getting nowhere. When any action did happen, it seemed to have been hastily shoved into the storyline without being smoothly worked into plot.
    Potentially interesting characters were quickly blended into the mix of blandness. Rosamund had some great qualities; she was spunky, outspoken and independent without being annoying. She was supposed to be a spy for her uncle, but that was quickly lost in the everyday nonsense of court life, and I became bored with it. Kit, Thomas and Will were all characters that I wish grew more with the story, and each time I thought they were about to do something interesting, they would just ride off and get drunk or just disappear.
    With the minimum romance between Will and Rosamund, there was a teeny tiny hint of Ms. Feather's former voice of passion, but that too very quickly petered out. I would have rather she wrote no love scenes, than the lame attempts she included. I don't know if she or her editor felt that because this is general fiction and not romance that the spark needed to be toned down, but I felt that was a mistake, as it just made the characters that much more impersonal and I lost any inkling of a connection to them.
    This book could not end soon enough. But when it did it got even worse. I wasn't surprised by the ending, but it did tick me off. I will admit that I came close to shedding a tear, not because I was so enwrapped in the characters lives, but because it seemed so senseless. It rather came out of nowhere and seemed to be there just to tie up a loose end. Though I did like the epilogue, but I wished that what led up to that scene could have played a part in the storyline...what can I say, I'm a romance fan at the heart of it all.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    A disappointment

    I too bought anything by Jane Feather. As I started to read this I thought...what happended to one of my favorite authors? The story drug on, it certainly wasn't in the normal category of a romance novel & fell far short of other books Ms Feather has written.

    It was a somewhat bland story based on history, no excitment, & certainly no development of characters or a story of romance.

    A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

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    Historical Novel with another Point of View

    All the Queen's Players by Jane Feather
    June 30, 2010
    I thoroughly enjoyed "All the Queen's Players" by Jane Feather. This book provides a new look at Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots and their relationship. The history shown in the story is correct so many people can learn history of that time period by reading this book. Most of the characters were real people - their stories may be contrived for this book but the romance and the insight into the happenings of Court are essential to how Ms. Feather draws you into the story and keeps you interested. Rosamund is so likeable and you feel her inquisitiveness, guilt and sorrow. I will look for additional books by Ms. Feather.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

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    This is a terrific Elizabethan Era thriller

    Forced to watch the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, Rosamund Walsingham look forward to when she can leave the royal intrigue behind. Rosamund muses on happier times before her royal entanglements. That ended when, through her brother Thomas, she met the writer Christopher Marlowe, who brought her to Queen Elizabeth's attention where her relative secretary of state Sir Francis Walsingham demands her loyalty to him or else.

    Her Highness appreciated Rosamund's fine drawings. However, Rosamund understood her role was being an espionage agent ferreting out Catholic intrigue against the Queen. When she met courtier Will Creighton, they fell in love; but that is an emotion an undercover agent cannot afford to embrace.

    This is a terrific Elizabethan Era thriller starring a heroine who wants out, but understands the only way out of spying is death. Readers see through Rosamund's eyes and somewhat that of Kit too, the court of Queen Elizabeth. In many ways Marlowe is the fascinating player on the Elizabethan stage as he brings freshness to the mix especially with his gay lover. Historical fiction reader swill welcome Jane feather into the fold as All the Queen's Players understand death is one stroke away.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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