- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1 Original edition (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451235703
- ISBN-13: 978-0451235701
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sister Queens Paperback – March 6, 2012
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About the Author
Sophie Perinot received her BA in History from the College of Wooster and her law degree from Northwestern University. She is an active member of the Historical Novel Society and lives in Virginia.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although I am not one of those millions who gobbles up all things royal, I enjoyed reading about Marguerite, Queen of France, and her sister, Eleanor, Queen of England. Learning about history is one of the reasons why I read historical fiction. Yes, not all things are fact, but reading The Sister Queens I felt confident that Perinot had truly done her research and that any bending of historical fact was minimal. Prior to reading this novel, I knew nothing about these two women, and after finishing I wondered why they were not more widely known in the history books.
Although the story spans many years, Perinot maintains seamless continuity throughout her narrative. Being a sister myself, the thread of sisterhood that binds the two heroines and the story together resonated with me.
This is a wonderful debut novel, and I look forward to Perinot's future work.
Full of romance, drama, adventure, danger, and political intrigue, The Sister Queens – based on a true story - is a fascinating tale of two sisters who had to navigate the murky waters of growing up, marriage, and politics. The Sister Queens is Perinot’s debut novel, and she did a great job, bringing us a captivating book. Perinot is a true artisan. She has done more than just write a novel. Using her words, she has woven a rich tapestry telling us the story of two women history does not often speak of. We ride with them the roller coaster of emotions on which life takes them. We feel the joy of births and triumphs, the fear of loved ones struck deathly ill and of danger on the Crusades, the heartache when death steals the souls of beloved family members, the anger of betrayal, the contentment of the security of the love of a good man, and so much more.
I loved this book. I love reading historical fiction about women, and I especially love a well-done historical fiction about women I haven’t heard much about before, and The Sister Queens definitely fits that bill. Perinot does a good job walking the line between history and fiction and combining the two while staying true to the actual people, as well as making the characters come alive, making them 3-dimensional and complex. It all made me want to go learn more about both Eleanor and Marguerite, which is a win in my book (haha). I also enjoyed the Author’s Note at the end explaining some of the choices Perinot made in her story telling, and providing clarifications on things she changed or fabricated. I always love when a historical fiction author includes that info. As debut novels go, I’d put this up there at the top of my list of “Hit it out of the ballpark”.
I do very much enjoy historical fiction and have been a fan of Philippa Gregory's for years. This book was of certainly close if not equal to the stories that she weaves. Overall, for an enjoyable and insightful read into the events of the ladies of Provence as queens this is a must read.
Each chapter of the book starts with a letter written by one of the sisters to the other one and the rest of the chapter is narrated by either sister describing the events which has taken place in her life since the last letter. The book reads a lot like a combination of a history book and somebody's diary. The personality traits of the individuals in the book are well described and consistent. This is no fault of the author but it doesn't help that there is nobody likeable or one can relate in this book. I have no doubt the characters in the book are pretty realistically described taking their titles and the values of the times they lived into consideration.
This is not one of those book one can't put down because wanting to know what is coming next. This has to do with the writing style as well as the length of the book (over five hundred pages) In my opinion, the ideal length of a book is three hundred pages or so. Anything more than that feels like it keeps dragging on.
What I like about this book is that it is full of historical information rather than reading like a romance novel unlike a lot of historical fictions out there . What it lacks in entertainment value, this book makes up for it by being informative.