7/05/2013

Book Review: The Other Queen

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Today I am excited to talk about one of my favorite authors recent books, The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory.  Let me start by saying, I freaking LOVE Mrs. Gregory's books!  


goodreads synopsis:

Two women competing for a man's heart
Two queens fighting to the death for dominanceThe untold story of Mary, Queen of Scots 
This dazzling novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary, Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.
The newly married couple welcome the doomed queen into their home, certain that serving as her hosts and jailers will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court. To their horror, they find that the task will bankrupt them, and as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Elizabeth, their loyalty to each other and to their sovereign comes into question. If Mary succeeds in seducing the earl into her own web of treachery and treason, or if the great spymaster William Cecil links them to the growing conspiracy to free Mary from her illegal imprisonment, they will all face the headsman.

Philippa Gregory uses new research and her passion for historical accuracy to place a well-known heroine in a completely new tale full of suspense, passion, and political intrigue. For years, readers have clamored for Gregory to tell Mary's story, and The Other Queen is the result of her determination to present a novel worthy of this extraordinary heroine.

My Thoughts on The Other Queen:


It was told from three peoples perspective, but frankly I wish it would have only been told from Queen Mary of Scots.  So many people were involved with her and her imprisonment that I ended up feeling like I wanted to talk to other characters in the book to see how they felt about her and what was going on.  The story just seemed to be without a beginning and without an ending and not completely told. 

I enjoyed getting to know the character of Bess whom is a side figure in many of the Tudor court books by Gregory.  She really stepped up as a woman figurehead in this book.  However, as in the description I felt I was supposed to fall in love with Queen Mary.  That definitely didn't happen.  Instead I ended up frustrated and confused as to why she got to where she was and why.

In the end, I am left wanting to learn more about these people but throughout the book I was restless and ready for it to be over.  Definitely the worst Gregory book I've read.

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