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Raven Queen Paperback – June, 2010
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I have lived the life of a princess since the day I was born. But it did not bring me what I wanted. I am still trapped. My beloved Ned speaks of love, freedom, a future. To walk with him in the forest, our raven soaring above us, is my only joy. But my father plans that I shall be betrothed to the King and I am afraid. Queens of England have a habit of dying. I have no desire to take the throne, no wish to find myself in the Tower of London. Wife, Queen - I fear it will bring me to my knees.
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In "Raven Queen," Jane seemed to be a mean-hearted and unaccepting person. I understand that her belief in her faith was unbreakable. But this book made her out to be a person who was unaccepting of anyone not of the New Faith, even those she claimed to love. She was mean spirited to her sisters, degrading in her thoughts about her royal cousins. Of course she also had repellant thoughts regarding her parents and the Dudley family, but those can be excused if you know anything about either family.
I don’t know if it was all the negativity that made me dislike this book, or if it was that I just don’t like the idea of my idolized Jane being anything other than what I have come to see her as. The forced teenage queen made a martyr by her power-hungry family.
This is an interesting look at a historical character I wasn't familiar with. I found it a bit hard to connect with both Jane and Ned. Everything seemed a bit too formal to truly get to know them. I really don't get how they developed a friendship and fell in love. That part is rather obscured and quick. Their relationship was easier to believe once they were separated and loved only from afar.
Jane's quirks were interesting. I don't know if they were real or not, but they did lend a bit of depth to her character. Not much because they weren't really explored or explained well. They were more like a touch of something more, which helped her character seem multi-dimensional.
I listened to this on audiobook. The narration was quite good. It was easy to follow along. The story itself switch viewpoints between Ned and Jane, but it was still easy to tell whose chapter it was in the narration. There weren't different voices, but there was a feeling of a different character.
Overall, this was a good read. It wasn't super special, but it wasn't bad either, more of a middle ground story. But the narration was good, and I would recommend the audio version.