The Queen's Daughter

The Queen's Daughter

by Susan Coventry

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ISBN-13: 9780805089929
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Susan Coventry is a physician living in Kentucky with her husband and two children. The Queen’s Daughter, her debut novel, is the product of her addiction to historical fiction, her fascination with the Middle Ages, and her urge to do something creative.

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The Queen's Daughter 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I was hoping for something ZOMG amazing, and it wasn't ZOMG amazing. But it WAS a pretty darn awesome historical novel. I like watching characters develop and grow up, and Susan definitely delivered on that part. Joan grew smarter and wiser and, though not as manipulative as my favorite historical characters, was able to make her own way among the men. One of my favorite parts of historical novels is watching the court dynamics play out. We didn't get as intimately into that as we would had if the book was about, say, Queen Elizabeth, but watching Joan being circled by sharks was a lot of fun to read about. As for Joan as a character - I never really connected to her with the exception of a few moments, not like I have in other novels. (I constantly compare with historical fiction.) But an entire life happened in the span of the book, so the slightly fast pace was understandable. It managed to take too long and not enough time all at the same time...
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I've been trying to get my hands on this book for six months or more. Yeah, really. How many people would hold out that long for a book unless they REALLY wanted to read it. Well, after reading the description on Amazon and the reviews (not to mention being something of a historical fiction and YA fiction fan), I knew that The Queen's Daughter was the book for me. It seemed to have virtually everything I enjoy in a good historical -not to mention the Eleanor of Aquitaine connections, which always interest me. But, I could never seem to find it anywhere. My local library didn't have it. It was never at any Half Price Book location I visited. And, believe it or not, whenever I set foot in a Barnes & Noble, I couldn't ever find it. After coming into some Amazon gift cards, I decided it was finally time to invest in the book online.In The Queen's Daughter, author Susan Coventry explores the life of Joan, the daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II of England with a YA-style approach. From a young age, Joan feels the pull of court politics, as well as the "taint" placed on her mother for divorcing (completely against the social conventions of the time) her first husband, King Louis of France, and marrying the up-and-coming Henry of Anjou (later king of England). Even worse, Joan must survive the strife between her mother and father as Henry's affections begin to wander. As soon as a deal can be made, Joan is sent to marry the king of Sicily, and thrown into yet another web of politics.I guess I have mixed feelings about this book. It feels like Coventry did a good job of portraying the period accurately and so forth (I don't know that much about Joan, so it's not like I even know the history) and her prose is solid, but it just didn't stand up to my expectations for the book. Perhaps I had unreachable expectations, but I just wanted more from it. The biggest thing is that the characters were weak. They never really came alive on the page for me, and even seemed to get more distant as the story went on. Sadly, even Joan never felt realistic, sympathetic or well, anything, beyond just a line in a book. I think this caused the biggest issue for me, as a reader who really enjoys characters who I can really invest in, Queen's Daughter just didn't have that. I never really felt like I had a clear entry point for the story, so I was not able to become fully part of everything.I know -I'm picky, but when there are so many books out there, many of which I've read, you can be a little picky. I think that Coventry has some great ideas here and I like the topic she chose to approach, but I think she needs to work on her characterization more. Weak characters seriously inhibited my ability to really enjoy this book, and I wish I had gotten more out of it.
RivkaBelle on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The Queen's Daughter focuses on, of course, the Queen's daughter - Joan - and the unusual, dramatic, and tumultuous life she led. Joan's family was torn apart by inner-family warring and an unquenchable thirst for power. Joan, wanting only to love and have her family together in peace, is in effect a victim riding the tides of turmoil rocking the country. Because she is a princess, Joan is also a useful pawn - and is married off to the last Norman King of Sicily. There, Joan tries to model her Queenship after her mother's example and slowly learns that Eleanor's queenly example is not universal. Actually, throughout the novel, Joan is continually coming to terms with the fact that Eleanor's model example is one that only works (or doesn't work, depending on your perspective) for her. Joan is not Eleanor, and her life is not happy and contented and rewarding until Joan learns to live for Joan instead of her mother.
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Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Looking for a good historical fiction novel? Joan wasn't born to make her own decisions, much of her life had already been mapped out. When she has to marry a much older man, Joan remains resilient. Her childhood may be behind her, but she is loathe to forget about her first infatuation. The reader will enjoy following Joan from when she is very young all the way through to her thirties. The reader will find that Joan is an easy character to connect to and sympathize with. Joan has her flaws, but she is also brave, compassionate, and strong. When Joan married her husband, she technically left her family behind. She has a hard time choosing between her husband's and family's little arguments, there really isn't any correct choice. Joan is one of those rare strong female characters. She does try to stand up for what she believes is right, even in a time where it was difficult for females to do so. Her husband is rigid and unyielding in many situations, but the reader will hope he appreciates his unique wife at least a little. Joan's family restrains her and prefers her to act like a lady and let them make all of the decisions. The reader will enjoy getting to know all of the characters, however, and placing them within the historical timeline he/she knows. The author remains as true to history as possible. The reader should appreciate the realistic way the events, thoughts, and actions of the people of that time were portrayed. The events were mostly cohesive, the reader should not have a hard time following the plot and knowing who is who. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.
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pagese More than 1 year ago
I've had a thing for historical fiction lately and this one seemed right up my alley. Especially since I know next to nothing about the children of Queen Eleanor and King Henry II. I enjoyed it a lot. I find Joan particularly fascinating. What a world to grow up in and surrounded by some of the most talked about rulers in history. I think she was a little naive in her relationship with her parents, but what child would honestly think they would use her in such away against one another. I especially enjoyed her world travels. In a time were I don't think many people got to see much more than the area surrounding them, Joan got to see a lot. She live in France, England, and Sicily. Plus she travelled with her brother King Richard during the crusades. She saw much more the women of her time period would ever dream about seeing. I also enjoyed her whit. She spoke openly and sometimes without thought. While, it got her into trouble, I also think it showed her true spirit. I was expecting some sort of romance, but was not prepared for it to happen towards the end of the book. I was beginning to think she was going to be miserable in Sicily forever. I'm use to reading about women being married off in their teens and being expected to perform their "wifely" duties. But, sometimes it still comes as quite a shock to read about it. It's always interesting to read about the way women were used in political schemes. The book is marketed to young adults, which I'm afraid might be the wrong genre. It doesn't have a lot of romance and action that I think a lot of teens are looking for. I think teens who already enjoy historical fiction might enjoy this though. I also think a lot of adults would like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a 2 1/2 star for me. I was surprised when I bought this book that it was under "Young Adult." Maybe I'm old fashioned but a teenager being forced into a marriage and being forced to do her duty, seems not very young adult. Guess times have changed. This book had some good moments, but overall it was slow for me. Since the author mentioned it was mostly fiction, there could have been a more interesting storyline. If you're interested in this time period, it was interesting, just not a page turner.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Coventry tells an amazing story and I was lucky enough to read a seak peek. Can't wait to read the whole book and share with my friends! Drama and historical settings make this tale a must for anyone who wants to escape into another time. Buy it, be the first to read it!