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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 7, 2012

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    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 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Okay, but not great

    I realize that this story is told from Anne Neville's point of view, but I have to wonder at the portrayal of some of the chsaracters. Warwick, the kingmaker, was an opportunist who changed sides when he didn't get the power he wanted. He didn't want a king, he wanted a puppet in his control. Elizabeth Woodville ws an ambitious, grasping woman, but I'm sure she didn't have supernatural powers. As for the deaths of Isabel and of Anne's young son, medical knowledge inthe fifteenth cen tury was virtually nonexistant, and poison was often suspected when no one knew the true cause of death.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Good read

    Good read, alittle redundant with the subject of who the kingmaker was and what he did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Good not great.

    I generally love Gregory and she does not disappoint. Not as good as some of her others . . . .

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