The King's Daughter

The King's Daughter

by Barbara Kyle
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King's Daughter 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Recommended only if you are looking for historical fantasy with, actually, no history in it. If you want real historical fiction of this period, I highly recommend Margaret George and Jean Plaidy. This book is more along the lines of a fantasy mystery. There is very little history at all. I gave it one star only because there were no zero stars available.
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This series is well written in some respects. I found myself either loving these books or wanting to throw them across the room. The author does an excellent job of bringing that era to life. Crucial characters forget key pieces of information from book to book (such as your neighbors are your arch enemies and they know your identity as being part of a rebellion) and the main characters commit the same "beyond stupid" gullible errors too much to be credible in my opinion. One of these gullible characters will be portrayed as the person who helped Queen Elizabeth become the wise woman she became while the author portrays Lady Elizabeth, who was observed to have a formidible intelligence and an acute mind by her tutor in real life, as a shallow girl in need of someone to help her think. There is very little about Queen Mary in this book, I can't tell you about the third book. I'm fed up with the Thornleigh family. They are gullible, shallow people who are only loyal to themselves. If you are interested in Elizabeth try Alison Weir who has researched not just the era, but also her main characters. If you are interested in the romance aspect of this book try Diane Gabaldon's series. At least the characters are fleshed out better and a mandatory forced sex/rape scene isn't written in just for the sake (apparently) of a sex/rape scene.
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This is my first historical read. I had no idea it could be told with such flare and ease of reading. Every chapter and every paragraph have something intriguing or captivating to tell. Not one page is boring, truly a page turner.
VR More than 1 year ago
Overall the book was interesting but didn't really involve the story I was expecting between the Queen Mary and her rival sister for the throne.
rosi More than 1 year ago
i have read alot on the life and times of queen mary, and i have never heard of her saying that she dug up her fathers bones and burned them as him being a heretic. i find some of the story was not true. it was entertaining,but i was a little dissappointed that it wasn't more about queen mary. it was a good story, but i wouldn't read it again or recommend it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After being in exile due to her religious beliefs, Queen Mary sits on the English throne. Her strategic objective is cleanse England of her late father¿s heresy; returning the country back to true Christianity and away from the abomination of Protestantism. Thus her first major act as queen is to marry Catholic true believer Prince Philip of Spain to forge a real Christian alliance.

As Mary leads a religious cleansing leading to her reputation as Bloody Mary, others plan her overthrow. For instance rebel Isabel Thornleigh wants to save the life of her father merchant Thomas rotting in a prison for allegedly being a Protestant. To do so she ignores her father¿s plea for her and her mom to travel to Antwerp for religious freedom, ends her betrothal, and begins seeking a means of removing Mary from the throne before she marries Philip; and replace her with her half sister protestant Princess Elizabeth. She quickly realizes she is a dreamer with no hope of success until she meets Spanish mercenary Carlos Valverde. Their efforts and others lead to the failed 1554 Wyatt rebellion.

The follow up to THE QUEEN'S LADY is a terrific mid sixteenth century historical that brings to life the religious cleansing under the reign of Bloody Mary as well as the counter insurgency. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action using real events to focus the plot on; while also containing a strong lead female character caught up in the power struggle of the post King Henry era. The romance between Carlos and Isabel rightfully takes a back seat to the tumultuous times that sweep up seemingly everyone culminating in the failed Wyatt revolt.

Harriet Klausner