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The Girl King

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  17 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
*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
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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Christopher
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
Laura
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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Scarlett Storer-roe
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
Mafalda
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
Apr 09, 2012 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Ambre
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.
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.
Julie
Eh. 2.5 stars, rounded to 3. I've read much better historical fiction. Maybe I'm too picky about wanting well-drawn characters?
Johanna
Reading this when travelling through the country where it was set added lots to its enjoyment. A great holiday read.
Emmaj
Quite enjoyable. About a girl in C11 Georgia. Historical novel.
Christina Browne
I enjoyed the story i thought it was magical
Els2935
A great story, really enjoyed
Lynne
Hard going
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