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Monday, July 20, 2009

The King's Daughter by Sandra Worth

Genre: Historical Fiction

Copyright:
2008

Pages:
416
Rating:Rating 4 Crowns

No good novel is without it's share of controversy and The King's Daughter doesn't disappoint. I had heard about a scene in the first few pages of the book that made some people raise their eyebrows, but my mind was still open...after all it is historical fiction and thus the author is given a bit more leeway (in my opinion). The story starts off a little silly with the many "woe" declarations Elizabeth's mother was so fond of. However, the novel recovers. Elizabeth the Good, as she was called by her people was a fascinating woman. Early on she realized that they only option she really had available to her was survival...to make the best out of her situation.

Raised by a horrific mother, her beloved father Edward IV dies and her brothers (and heirs to the throne) are removed from the family and placed in the Tower of London. The story of the princes in the tower has always intrigued me, but I never really thought about it from the perspective of Elizabeth - their sister. My heart ached for her, never really knowing what happened to the brothers she loved, always hanging heavy in her heart.

Another faucet of this novel that I really enjoyed was seeing little (future) King Henry VIII - boy, he was a little shit from the start huh?! Bottom line is that The King's Daughter is an entertaining read about the mother of the Tudor dynasty. I highly recommend this novel, especially to the Tudor lovers out there! Interesting note: Elizabeth of York is the only English Queen to have been a wife, daughter, sister, niece and mother to English Kings.

10 comments:

dolleygurl said...

This book sounds awesome. I love that little bit of trivia at the end, I didn't know that.

lilly said...

I haven't heard anything about this book at all so I approached the review with an open mind and I like the sound of this book. I would enjoy reading about the 'little shit' (lol) Harry too.

Blodeuedd said...

I have heard about the princes but never read anything at all when they are mentioned. So a book about their sister would be intersting

Ms. Lucy said...

Love the review, Amy! What a treat to be able to read things from her perspective. I really wanna read this one. Thanks:)

ibeeeg said...

I loved this book. Elizabeth pulled on my emotions. Her mother was horrid and I wished so many times that Elizabeth would speak her mind.

I must say...I am trying very hard to remember a beginning scene that would cause people to raise their eyebrows...I am not coming up with it. Hmmm....

bookreviewsbybobbie said...

It sounds like a great book! :) Thanks for such a nice review.

-Bobbie

Amy @ Passages to the Past said...

ibeeeg - some readers had an issue with the scene in which Elizabeth witnessed her mother, Elizabeth Woodville, and her grandmother practicing some kind of ritualistic something. It was always rumored they used sorcery to nab King Edward!

Annie - Princess of the Past said...

I've read another book - although I can't remember what it is now - that had Elizabeth Woodville using magic to capture King Edward's attention!

Great review Amy.

Annie - Princess of the Past said...

I've read another book - although I can't remember what it is now - that had Elizabeth Woodville using magic to capture King Edward's attention!

Great review Amy.

J. Kaye said...

I love this author! I have this book in my review pile...can't wait!