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13 January 2013 @ 10:23 am
Book Review : The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory  
The Kingmaker's Daughter
by Philippa Gregory

The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker," the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games, but they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, 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 brought up in intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Her will is tested when she is left widowed and fatherless, with her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Fortune's wheel turns again when Richard rescues Anne from her sister's house, with danger still following Anne, even as she eventually ascends to the throne as queen. Having lost those closest to her, she must protect herself and her precious only child, Prince Edward, from a court full of royal rivals.

The Kingmakers Daughter was another brilliant story in Philippa Gregory's best selling series The Cousins War.

I enjoyed the story of Anne Neville showing how she was another woman used as a pawn to help the men in her life achieve their goals. She knew that to survive she would have to play their game and so was married to Prince Edward, son of Margaret of Ajou and Henry VI which lasted a little over a year before he was killed in the Battle of Tewkesbury. I admired how she just played along and waited out the events in the beginning of her life. She was dedicated to her family and tried to put them first, she obeyed every order for the good of her family and family name. The start of her story was quite slow and although enjoyable it seemed the other books in the series were more intriguing all the way through so i did enjoy the last half  of the book more than the first half.

I love the love story between her and Richard, and how he protected her when she went into hiding, into sanctuary and was determined to marry her regardless on the thoughts of his family, she finally had her chance to marry for love and still have the chance to play the game of power. You could see how her character grew stronger throughout the book as she grew up and survived the events she had been through. I did like the way Richard was portrayed in this book because in the others i found him more cold and dark but he was so charming and loyal in this book.

I like the part where her sister was giving birth aboard the ship because i think it was both horrifying and interesting when Anne had to pull out the baby and she was so young and i think it was told really well. Philippa really told the story of the two sisters really well, as all family's the love and hated each other and had a rocky road but in the end they stuck by each other but i think that their relationship could have be told in more detail? maybe? perhaps a book about Isabel and her marriage to George? a possibility? showing the gaps in her story when she went back to England and switched sides? well i can dream.

I did love the way Philippa switched perspectives of Elizabeth Woodville, because in The White Queen she was shown as a victim who stood beside her husband and family, in this book she was portrayed as the villain, the evil witch that strove to hold her power and help her family rise and rule England so it was in interesting switch that i enjoyed.

I'm really enjoying reading about the women of our history as they have such interesting stories to tell and i know some people are hard on Philippa because of some inaccurate historical portrayals but come on people its a FICTION BOOK, she uses some historical facts or figures and uses them to create a fiction story, and i for one can enjoy the book for what it is and i love the history of that era but i can still enjoy the tales of the books.

Although it is not my favorite book in the series i did still really enjoy it and cant wait to read the next book The White Princess.