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The Kingmaker's Daughter (Cousins' War Series #4)

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12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Another Great Gregory Read

There is very little of Gregory's work I don't enjoy (wasn't too crazy about the Mary, Queen of Scots novel, for instance) but her latest efforts with "The Cousins' War" novels have been exceptional. Told from the perspective of Anne Neville, wife of Richard III, we se...
There is very little of Gregory's work I don't enjoy (wasn't too crazy about the Mary, Queen of Scots novel, for instance) but her latest efforts with "The Cousins' War" novels have been exceptional. Told from the perspective of Anne Neville, wife of Richard III, we see the tragic and horrific consequences of being a woman and used, almost inexclusively, as a political and sexual pawn for men deperately trying to keep or gain a crown. Gregory has such a superb approach to her work it's just a great read from beginning to end. This novel is a bit shorter than some of the others (probably out of necessity as Neville died young at 28) and keeps a fast, engaging pace. Characters are generally easy to keep track of--that is sometimes a barrier in these historical novels--and if you have read her previous "Red Queen" "White Queen" and "Lady of the Rivers" you should not have much problem following this angle of the War of the Roses.

That being said, the countless Edwards and Richards--good Lord, every other man was given the same name...so you have to pay a bit more attention there--and as I read I kept thinking that skimming through the "Queen/Rivers" novels again would help jog a memory or two. However, as a whole, Gregory continues to write literate, readable historical fiction--she's very dependable, which I so appreciate. Am also looking forward to the next installment as she says in her "Afterword" it will present some of her ideas on what happened to the two royal princes who disappeared from the Tower...maybe or maybe not at the hands of their uncle, Richard III.

posted by irishclaireKG on August 20, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I love almost everything Philippa Gregory writes. The Kingmaker

I love almost everything Philippa Gregory writes. The Kingmaker's Daughter, to me, was only so-so and not the strongest in the Cousin's War series. Anne comes across as a ninny and unimpressive throughout the book despite all she overcame and dealt with. I far prefer...
I love almost everything Philippa Gregory writes. The Kingmaker's Daughter, to me, was only so-so and not the strongest in the Cousin's War series. Anne comes across as a ninny and unimpressive throughout the book despite all she overcame and dealt with. I far preferred the portrayal of her 2nd husband, Richard, as he has not always been portrayed well in other books. Although the witchcraft around Elizabeth Woodville is not new to the series and is being portrayed from a different perspective in this book, it did not lend itself to the same excitement as in other books. I became tired of Anne's constant whining about Elizabeth Woodville being a witch. I did not find Anne a sympathetic or relatable character; she felt childlike and overly naive throughout the entire book. It is not a terrible book but it is not one I will re-read.

posted by UCFJennybean on November 7, 2012

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Typical Philippa Gregory Prose

    Okay, I will attempt to review the BOOK not the author's writing prose. It's just that I've read every book Gregory has written- all of her work on the Tudors (and prior King Richard) is splendidly written, and wonderfully researched. But enough already. I feel like now she's "milking" the situation. She's attempting to re-tell history from every angle of the War of the Roses - or the Cousin's War as it's also known. She's written it from the point of view of the White Queen (Elizabeth Woodville) and the Red Queen (Margaret D'Anjou), now this view from the Earl of Warwick's daugthers. And on top of that, she charges $17 for each book! Enough. It's the same story, you can't rewrite history and after awhile it gets a little old. Seriously.

    HOWEVER - the book itself is a work of art. Gregory is a great, passionate writer with a tenacious attention to detail, and The Kingmaker's Daughter is no exception.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    I was very disappointed with this long awaited addition to the C

    I was very disappointed with this long awaited addition to the Cousins' War Series. There is not a lot of historical information on Anne Neville, the daughter of the Earl of Warwick and the wife of Richard III. Unfortunately, Ms. Gregory only fills in the missing chapters with a repeating cycle of a young girl's musings on court life, paranoia and fear. From an 11 year old girl to a 28 year old queen and mother, Anne never matures; her thoughts still sound like a little girl. Every plot twist that is supposed to raise the drama repeats itself multiple times. Every time Anne stops to think her life over to herself, I started skipping pages.

    The White Queen and the Red Queen are excellent insights to the War of the Roses; the Kingmaker's Daughter offers little that is new and lacks a good story besides.

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