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The Girl King

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  107 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Georgia, 1177
For twenty years King Giorgi has defended the throne of his fragile kingdom against all comers. Now on the threshold of old age he faces a grave new threat: he has no son to succeed him. There is only his daughter, Tamar; a clever, indomitable and fearless girl.

When a revolt threatens her life, Tamar is sent to live in the mountains, disguised as a boy, until
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2011 by Century (first published March 1st 2011)
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Becca
Jun 09, 2014 Becca rated it liked it
*Final Rating: 2.5 stars

I'm not entirely sure what to make of this novel, to be perfectly honest. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, but not enough that I ever want to read it again. I just don't feel the need for it to be in my life any longer than necessary.

I wasn't actually aware that The Girl King was a historical fiction novel until I was about 120 pages through. Okay, so there was a map at the beginning of the book and my sense of geography has never been astonishing (well, it might be ast
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Mariam
Feb 26, 2014 Mariam rated it really liked it
When I first found out there was a historical novel about my country's history I was overjoyed and giddy. Still can't believe it is an actual thing that exists. Reading this was surreal. The Georgian names, places, historical facts written in English was kind of weird.
Of course most of the accounts of that time are vague, so to make a story the author had to take many artistic liberties, which I can forgive. I just wished that the story focused on Tamar only. I'd rather had an account of her co-
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Scarlett Storer-roe
Jun 12, 2014 Scarlett Storer-roe rated it it was amazing
I really wanted to like this book because the subject was so unique. I started out reading and thought that it was little slow but it got better. I enjoyed it but felt that it jumped a little too quickly from event to event and the kings death was glossed over a bit and just sudden. I think that the author should've tried to make this book more detailed but I kind of liked how it was modern language so that I could understand more clearly what the characters were saying. Over all a good read and ...more
Christopher
Jan 29, 2014 Christopher rated it liked it
I have a longstanding interest in Georgia (in the Caucasus), so I was interested to find a historical novel about Georgia's most famous monarch, Queen Tamar. One of the cover blurbs claims that it's "a wonder story of love and death that transports you into a forgotten world". I think that's a rather misleading characterization. Basically, this is a Harlequin Romance about a teenage girl who has the hots for her "prince charming" and has various obstacles put in the way of her living happily eve ...more
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
The first page or two of the Girl King book was slightly difficult to get through, i had no idea what the names belonged to or who they may be referencing, but once you get past that this book was splendid.

The characters were awe-inspiring, and so different to one another, i adored the different cultures and types of speech.
Watching Tamar grow into the queen was fantastic, she had to get through such difficult times and learn new things that no one ever expected her to go through (sorry for bei
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Tamara
So I found this in the bargain bin at my local Waterstones for a pound. It sounded interesting, a historical YA novel in a country I know very little of AND the main character had almost the same name as I! So I said, why not it looks easy to read and it's only a quid.

I DID NOT EXPECT TO ENJOY THIS AS MUCH AS I DID. It was so incredibly addicting!!! So fun to read and not too overly cliche'd as far as YA historical novels go. The romantic subplot wasn't heavily forced, which I appreciated, and i
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Laura
May 14, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
I was extremely pleased by the Girl King. It's historical fiction for a time and a place that I have never read about (12th century Georgia). Clothier also "fesses up" at the end and lets the reader know which events she changed, altered, or added. But at the same time, historical records for this time period are most likely shaky at best so there is no way to prove or disprove some of the additions Clothier made.

The characters are very relatable. I loved Tamar. And Sos. And the bad guys snuck
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Sally
"You Tamar, you will be king when I am dead", 13 November 2015


There's not too many books about the country of Georgia, so was interested to come across this novel on the life of 12th century Queen Tamar, a national heroine and warrior queen.
This isn't a work of great literature - it's a tad YA in writing style, as our feisty heroine succeeds her father and faces marauding Turkomen, noblemen who won't accept a female ruler, invading Seljuks and an overbearing aunt. And her love for valiant young
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Mafalda
Apr 02, 2013 Mafalda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: os-meus-livros
Este foi o primeiro romance histórico que li, e adorei!
Aprendi imenso! A frieza que se vivia naquele tempo é completamente assustadora, e houve coisas neste livro que me mexeram imenso com os nervos, nomeadamente a parte em que havia homens que abusavam do seu poder, e abusavam e humilham as mulheres. Até pela própria rainha houve quem não tivesse respeito.
Mas ela, digna de seu titulo, demonstrou ser uma grande mulher, de poder, esperteza, coisa que muitos duvidavam. E, sendo ela mulher, as tent
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Jim
Jul 02, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: georgia
12th Century Georgia is an unusual setting for a historical novel in English, but Tamar was an unusual "king". Her father, Giorgi, left no male heir and shortly before his death declared his spirited daughter, Tamar to be his successor to the throne. Tamar needs to earn the respect of her nobles, who have never before been ruled by a woman, she also needs to defend her kingdom from some fierce adversaries and marry a man suitable to be the consort of a queen...though her heart belongs to a reckl ...more
Shosho
Jun 26, 2012 Shosho rated it it was ok
I don't know why, but for some reason the protagonist, Tamar, deeply annoyed me. 80% of what she did made me want to slap her. Other than that it's quite well written and an unusual setting, so I decided to give it 2 stars
Roma
Dec 08, 2011 Roma added it
This was recommended by a friend who knows Meg. We went to Georgia in the Summer
and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this in the context of the country. Not a piece of major
literature but enjoyable all the same.
Ambre
Aug 29, 2012 Ambre rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book - the story was excellent and the characters interested me, so much so I decided to look them up on Wikipedia :) - creating that level of interest, for me, is the mark of a story worth reading.
Johanna
Jul 28, 2013 Johanna rated it really liked it
Reading this when travelling through the country where it was set added lots to its enjoyment. A great holiday read.
Masha
May 04, 2016 Masha rated it really liked it
I really like her writing. Will look out for more.
Em
Jul 24, 2011 Em rated it really liked it
My detailed review here: http://cookiesandthecaucasus.wordpres...
Julie
Oct 19, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
Eh. 2.5 stars, rounded to 3. I've read much better historical fiction. Maybe I'm too picky about wanting well-drawn characters?
Emma
Mar 30, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story, really enjoyed
Lynne
Oct 28, 2012 Lynne rated it it was ok
Hard going
Zeba Clarke
Jun 21, 2016 Zeba Clarke rated it really liked it
Unusual time, place and situation, great central characters and a compelling story. Really enjoyable.
Emmaj
May 31, 2012 Emmaj rated it liked it
Quite enjoyable. About a girl in C11 Georgia. Historical novel.
Christina Browne
May 19, 2013 Christina Browne rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I enjoyed the story i thought it was magical
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