Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Kingmaker's Daughter: A Book Review

First of all, yes this is another review on a Philippa Gregory novel.  I’m obsessed, can you tell?  I just absolutely love the writing and the historical content in her books, especially those from The Cousin’s War series and from The Tudor Court series.  So, I started reading this book right after the first episode of The White Queen on STARZ aired because at the end of the episode, it states that the show is based on The White Queen, The Red Queen, and then The Kingmaker’s Daughter.  I knew that I immediately had to start it, and it was really fun to read along with the episodes as they aired!  Also, can we talk about how gorgeous this cover is?  Definitely one of my favorites!! :)

Title: The Kingmaker’s Daughter
Author: Philippa Gregory
Series: The Cousins' War #4
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Pages: 417
Out in Paperback?: Yes; August 1, 2012
My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary:

Spies, poison, and curses surround her...

Is there anyone she can trust?

The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker," Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.

At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family and will cost the lives of those she loves most in the world, including her precious only son, Prince Edward. Ultimately, the kingmaker's daughter will achieve her father's greatest ambition.


Overall, I really enjoyed reading and getting to know all the characters in this book!  If you read my review on The White Queen, then you know how much I love Elizabeth Woodville and King Edward!  In that book, I absolutely fell in love with them!  With reading this book, you get a different perspective on the King and Queen.  It is interesting to watch, through the main characters of Isabel and Anne Neville, the admiration towards the Queen in the beginning and the change toward loathing and fear of the Queen and her accused witchcraft.  Isabel and Anne are the daughters of Richard, Lord of Warwick, and a very ambitious, unforgiving mother.  Their father and mother want nothing more than to have either of their daughters on the throne of England; this eventually leads to drama and death within the family.  Isabel and Anne are ambitious, loving, and protective, which make them very likeable characters.  However, their father and mother did cause a bit of anger because of some of their horrible actions and deceitful lies.  I, rather unexpectedly, really enjoyed and loved Anne’s character and personality.  Despite my love for King Edward and Queen Elizabeth, I really did enjoy reading and learning about Anne’s struggles and seeing her beliefs and thoughts change as she grows up.


Personally, I love the plot of this book!  It follows the same plot in each of the other novels in Gregory’s Cousin’s War series; however, like each book, it is told through a different perspective.  Beginning in 1465 and ending in 1485, this book spans the childhood of Warwick’s daughters, their entrance into the court of Edward and Elizabeth, and their marriages, including Isabel’s marriage to the royal duke, George, and Anne’s first marriage to the Lancastrian prince, Edward.  The plot follows the Neville family as the women follow the beliefs of Richard and switch sides from York to Lancaster.  The book also describes Anne’s second marriage to the other royal duke, Richard, as well as the birth of their son, Edward.  This book is so interesting to read, especially after reading other novels in this same series, because it takes just about every event and shows it to you in a different perspective, the perspective of Anne.  This book has the perfect amount of romance and action, and it is filled with suspense, intrigue, and anticipation.

Writing Style:

If you have read my other reviews on any of Philippa Gregory’s novels, then you already know how much I adore her writing style!  It is absolutely perfect, in my opinion.  I don’t think there is any more I can say about it besides perfection.  LOL.  I just think Gregory’s writing is so well researched, and her historical description is accurate, while she effectively brings these characters, especially the strong women, to life!

Have you read this book?  Did you watch The White Queen on STARZ?  I absolutely LOVED it!  I can’t wait to dive into another one of Gregory’s novels.  Which one should I pick up next?

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