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- Print Length: 480 pages
- Publisher: Spun Stories Press; 3 edition (October 18, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 18, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005X0VNBM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
THWARTED QUEEN: The Entire Saga, about the Yorks, Lancasters, and Nevilles, whose family feud inspired "Game of Thrones" Kindle Edition
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"Thwarted Queen: A Saga About the Yorks, Lancasters and Nevilles, Whose Family Feud Started the Wars of the Roses is historical fiction at its best, an account which takes the real-world stories of a woman trapped by power and her husband, a Royal duke, who faces down his political opponents, and melds their lives into an exciting fictional drama." Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review.
"THWARTED QUEEN is extremely interesting and cleverly written-I was completely enthralled!" Lucy Bertoldi, Historical Novel Society.
"Gripping, well-researched historical novel, revealing a violent age. Cecylee and the other characters are well-drawn, with great subtlety and depth." Lindsay Townsend, author of TO TOUCH THE KNIGHT.
"The author immerses the reader in a complex and vivid world that is depicted with persuasive confidence." Curtis Sittenfeld, author of AMERICAN WIFE.
"For a novel that clocks in at nearly 500 pages, THWARTED QUEEN was a surprisingly fast and easy read. Once Cecylee got her foot in the door, she was impossible to ignore." Ageless Pages.
"THWARTED QUEEN is a wonderful book. It is an interesting take of the reigns of Edward IV and Richard III." Kinx's Book Nook.
"I highly recommend this book as a well-written, fast moving tale that will keep readers captivated to the very end." Sharon's Garden of Books.
"This book will delight fans of the era and hopefully inspire a few new fans!" The Lit Bitch.
From the Author
It was an honor as well as great fun to have Cecylee materialize from the fifteenth century and talk to me about her life. I hope you enjoy reading this novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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writers free rein. I understand that they may take dramatic license. However, I expect good bones for any historical fiction, i.e., a story that fleshes out the circumstances as they occurred. In this case, the author has used NO primary or secondary sources to research her subject, Cecily Neville. The bibliography cites several good sources, but they are all general about the time period and the events. How did she discover the facts of Cecily's life? No source is cited. After reviewing the bibliography, I returned the book.
Basically, Haggard asks the question "What if everything said about Edward IV was true?" Though the story in The Bride Price begins long before Edward's birth, that is the premise of this series. What if the pious Duchess of York truly did give in to temptation in her youth and bore her husband an illegitimate heir? What if the womanizing Edward with his peasant roots really did enter a bigamous marriage because he was arrogant enough to believe he could get away with it? What if the sons of Edward and "the Serpent" Elizabeth Woodville were killed in order to remove the Woodville influence with the blessing of their grandmother? All good questions answered in this series.
While I preferred the characterization of Cecily in Anne Easter Smith's Queen By Right, this was an interesting take on her story as well. It is not as well-written and the characters did not inspire my sympathy, but it did look at things from a new angle. Besides the switching point of view issue, Haggard seems to want to include every Wars of the Roses era name into the mix, even if only for a moment, and it was just too much name dropping to keep track of. Some of the writing was disjointed and the dialog could be difficult to follow, but it was an interesting look at the not-so-perfect Cecylee Neville.
I was anxious to read this and it didn't quite meet my expectations, but it was a good first effort by this author.
First, there were several instances when I felt as if I'd somehow skipped several pages, the scene changed so abruptly.
The second had more to do with the media than the message. I must say that I wish I'd read this as a physical book, rather than on Kindle. The author very thoughtfully provided not only a map--which I always think is a wonderful idea--but short biographies of the characters as well. I know that, if I'd been reading a covers-and-pages version, I would have often been flipping back and forth to refer to each of these.
And third, I sometimes found it difficult to know exactly who was under discussion at the moment, particularly if I'd put the book down for a day or two. One of the difficulties lies with patronymic naming convention--popular at the time--which results in things like several generations of uncles, brothers, and cousins all being named Richard or Edward. I think that the author might have been trying to help by referring to the characters as Rutland, Somerset, etc., but to me, it only confused the issue more, because it doubled the number of names to be remembered, not to mention trying to remember the given name of the guy who was 1st, 2nd, or 8th Earl or Duke of whatever. I'd have been happier if the author had more often used a person's name along with his title, e.g. Edmund, Earl of Rutland.
That said, it's a worthwhile read, but my advice is to "go buy the book."
Haggard's interpretation of Cecylee is interesting and though I felt the author imposed some rather modern sensibilities on the character, I found the end result quite compelling. Cecylee is at times a loving mother, an astute politician, an ambitious wife and repentant sinner. She is adaptable and clever, something I feel her historical counterpart must have been as such qualities would have been necessary for a woman in her position.
My favorite aspect of the book is the wide historic scope incorporated into the story. Beginning in Cecylee's childhood, Haggard gives readers an in depth look at the complex family relations and rivalries that played into the War of the Roses. Now I admit this is the historian in me talking, I like heavy historic fiction folks. Yes, Haggard fills in the blanks, the question of Edward's paternity is a central element of the story, but she doesn't water down the facts to streamline the plot which is something I actually appreciated.
Meticulously researched and easy to follow, Thwarted Queen is an exceptional period piece, a must read for anyone interested in medieval monarchs, royal intrigue and the intense passions of those who sought the English crown.
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Vast tracts of time disappear between chapters to the extent that I genuinely thought my Kindle hadn't downloaded the complete book. The narrative voice jumps unnecessarily between various characters and, just as you begin to settle into the idea that this is being written as a novel, you are faced with direct quotes from sources who are writing 300 years after the event.
Having discovered that it was originally published as separate books, the mangled result of this combined effort makes a little more sense. It not only reads as though it were separate books but also as though they were written by separate authors about completely different characters.
This book is an insult to the many authors on amazon who spend years creating a perfect work of art, whereas this writer seems to churn out droos as fast as possible in order to make a quick buck.
I enjoyed the book, nevertheless, and found it explained a very complicated era in history.
The story itself is compelling, being told through Cecily Duchess of York. Another thing that is particularly good is the links to the main players, explaining who they are and how they are connected to each other.
Anyone who likes the story of Edward IV and Elizabeth will be surprised, when they get to the part of book which explains Edward's lineage. Enough said, read the book and be as enthralled as I am.
In this book, its the Duchess of York that tells her story. I foud this a compelling page turner book. a must read especially at the moment with The White Queen being on BBC1.
Cynith Sally Haggard is yet another great historical fiction author.
any fans of this period in history should buy this book.
Finding the skeleton of Cecylee's son Richard recently in a carpark in Leicester, made it an even more interesting read!