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The Heir (Ravenscar #2)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  1,213 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
The Deravenels: Their business empire is worth billions, their influence stretches across the globe. And Edward, the dashing and charismatic chosen son, is the king of his company at last. He has survived harrowing years of betrayal, threats from ruthless enemies, and countless lovers—his demanding wife among them. But the most dramatic event of Edward's life is still to c ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2007)
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Heather Spence
May 02, 2010 Heather Spence rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I love Bradford, and "A Woman of Substance" and its early follow-ups remain some of my favorite books ever.

Yet... with "The Heir" Bradford takes what could have been a 2-3 additional books and condenses plots in ridiculous fashion, killing off characters left and right, and one we don't even know is dead until a mention, "...had died six years before."

Bradford always reads well, but this could have bee
Jun 01, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was at the library over the weekend, waiting while my kids took their fill of browsing, checking out the new, post remodel amenities. I grabbed a book called The Heir off a nearby table to pass the time. Within the first two chapters, I knew that the dialogue was stilted and awkward. I knew the characters were poorly developed. I also knew that the author was attempting to create a modern day version of the story of Henry VIII with an enormous prologue. I was amused and thought I'd ride the do ...more
May 03, 2008 Lindsay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Guantanamo Bay prisoners we want to talk
Quite possibly one of the worst books I've ever read. I use the term "read" loosely, as I could not, under penalty of death, bring myself to finish this crap-fest. This book tries to follow the DeRavenel dynasty through three generations, which goes more briskly than expected because the DeRavenels are killed off at a pace that far outstrips actual 1920-1940 life expectancy. We're talking more corpses than the Killing Fields, and I didn't give a damn about one of them.

The patriarch is praised e
Jan 13, 2009 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 24, 2014 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
It is so long and drawn out and keeps trying to put you on the edge of your seat by alluding to great disasters and deaths ahead, but when those finally come they are glossed over and talked about as in the past. Main characters are set up, then "upon mian character #2's death 17 years ago....". Really, you can't set up their death and explain it and how it affects the other characters? They go from alive on one page to 17 years dead on the next. No mystery to this book other than how someone ca ...more
The second book of this series was a good read, and it was entertaining for sure.

Edward is the king of his company and he seems to be dealing with all in his life modestly well. Then tragedy seems to afflict him and there are giant changes everywhere he looks whether to his marriage, siblings, company, etc...

I was reading this book, and then about 200 pages in it hit me. This series is a parallel to King Edward IV reign in 1464. And his wife Elizabeth Woodville. Everything is pretty much the s
Jun 28, 2017 KCREDS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just like the first book, this was excellent - once again full of drama. Well done BTB - absolutely loved it. Just started the third, being Elizabeth - hope it's just as good.
I'm not sure why I am such a fan of Barbara Taylor Bradford's writing. Several years ago I read "A Woman of Substance," which was the beginning of the Emma Harte family saga. I thoroughly enjoyed it because it was about a strong woman struggling against incredible odds to overcome poverty to start a successful department store chain in London in the 1800's. I read and enjoyed all the other books in this series.

I picked up this book one day when I was working at the library used bookstore because
As head of the vast empire of Deravenels, Edward is in a very powerful position. But the politics of inheritance involves a lot of treachery. And sometimes the treachery comes from within the family.

Constantly watching his back, Edward is also torn between his wife Elizabeth and his mistress Jane. In their world, mistresses are quite common. The fact that Edward only has one mistress is something he is quite proud of.

An heir is always uppermost in his mind as the outside forces of influenza, tra
Sep 16, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the age of thirty-three, Edward Deravenel, having survived harrowing years of betrayal, threats from ruthless enemies, countless lovers, and a war that ravaged his country, is finally king of his company. It’s 1918, an influenza pandemic is sweeping the country, and Edward has a family and a business to protect. He must thread his way between his loyal brother, Richard, and his treacherous middle brother, George, an alcoholic bent on self-destruction . . . but not before he tries to ruin Edwa ...more
Anne Marie
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Dec 21, 2015 Haylie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of BTB, and her through time sagas, and I loved the first book in this series (Ravenscar Dynasty). As a continuation, Heirs of Ravenscar is okay. It's worth reading, but I feel the author over explains a lot. I know this maybe for the benefit of readers who have not read the first book - but I don't know many who would pick up half way through a trilogy! It became a little annoying, particularly when the characters are speaking as it just makes them sound silly, and like they don't kno ...more
Aug 09, 2008 Kellie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This book had potential. The first two thirds showed promise, and the last third shot the entire story line and history of this family out of reality. I realize this is supposed to be historical fiction, but that doesn't mean you can take an entirely true account (King Henry VIII and his wives and children) and just tell that same story with the same character names and same story and just set it in the 1970s. Ridiculous. Had great potential and then like she ran out of time before he book was d ...more
Jul 31, 2010 Melinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 17, 2015 Liba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also known as:The heirs of Ravenscar
The Deravenel family is loosely based on the York branch of Plantagenets and follows some of the key stories of the War of the Roses into 20th century.The names are the same, but here the bad guy is brother George, while brother Richard is loyal to Edward.Edward's two sons mysteriously disappear, leaving only his daughters.Most of the book takes place between 1918- 1928, and then jumps to 1970s. This part is no Plantagenet, it's pure Henry VIII with his wives
Sharon Forbes
Mar 08, 2015 Sharon Forbes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Ravenscar series of books. I have to be honest, the first half of the book was somewhat repetitive of the first book in the series, The Ravenscar Dynasty. Because of this, I found it somewhat plodding, but I hung in there, as I knew from previous books by Ms. Bradford, that good things usually start happening, and boy, did they! It really picked up in the second half of the book (I'm not going into any detail as I don't want to spoil it), and it was worth sticking ...more
Aug 19, 2008 Barb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read Woman of Substance and Hold the Dream many years ago and enjoyed them immensely. So over the years, I've tried Barbara's books sporadically and haven't been impressed. When I came into possession of The Heir, I didn't realize it was the sequel to The Ravenscar Dynasty. But with both books I felt the same..that I wanted my time as well as my money back. Okay, I didn't pay for them...they were donations but still....
Ms Bradford spends a great deal of time creating plots and deceptions and s
Michele Minor
This book continues the tale of the Deravenel dynasty. The beginning of the book is well written that shows the intrigues inside the family with Edward the oldest son who wants to push out his disloyal and irresponsible brother from being able to take over Deravenel’s which is the family business. The book jumps from the 1920’s to the 1970’s and doesn’t include the World War II era. At the end of the book Edwards grandson, Harry desperately wants a male heir to take over the company because the ...more
I picked this one up because it was described as Wars of the Roses with business magnates set during the Spanish flu pandemic, but I had to give up about 80 pages in. The dialogue was uninteresting and I had no attachment to any of the characters; they appeared to have no thoughts of their own, as all of their thoughts were occupied with telling us about the other characters. I get the sense that the reader is intended to feel sorry for Ned because everyone he's ever loved is dead and his brothe ...more
Aug 05, 2008 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit, 2012-books
Eh. This wasn't nearly as good as the first one, which was good, but not great. This one was far too big in scope, and many of the characters became nastier than necessary, in my opinion. Also, it ranged in time from 1918 to the 1970s, which was just too much of a gap in time. Newer characters were underdeveloped, and the names were the same, or nearly the same, so it made distinguishing between them difficult. I know that was somewhat intentional based on the idea of the War of the Roses the st ...more
Jun 12, 2013 Gwen rated it liked it
The book seemed like it was all over the place. There were quite a few sections of the story that sort of just happened, with no follow through, such as the kidnapping of the two boys from the beach, or even Richard's murder. Then you get to the final section with Harry and it was very similar to Henry VIII life story starting with the wives' names and down to the children and their names. Not overly impressed with this story. It just was like a bunch of different plots were thrown together, wit ...more
Jun 28, 2009 Lois rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, I finished this book. Anybody who's read Bradford knows that this book (over 500 pages) could easily have been about 150 pages shorter. she gives so much detail. However, I did like it. A lot of characters and some history too. I was just amazed at how many convenient deaths there were. If a character got in the way, they died! Didn't matter if they were young and healthy, they died.
Oct 21, 2008 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
Entertaining, not particularly riveting, soap opera like story with a lot of characters. It was a bit difficult to remember who was related and how. Parts were choppy making it seem as though chunks of the story were edited out to keep this book under 500 pages. Using the names of Henry VIII's wives, friends and family and his desire for a male heir does not make this historical fiction so I am classifying it as chic-lit.
Jul 10, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story of a dynasty, but really the modernized version of the British Monarchy, which in this book starts with the story with Edward V (I think, not an expert of British History)AKA Edward Deravenal and goes on from there. I only actually got the tie in at the end of the book with Edward Deravenal's Grandson, Harry (Henry VIII).

At any rate, I found the story stuffy and boring and I had to skim through several paragraphs to get through this book. Just wasn't my cup of tea.
Suk Harn Wong
Follow your own dreams. Don't put them aside for anyone or anything. Because sometimes people and events will betray you. Be your own person, go your own way, and always be true to yourself.

When grown men wept so openly and without a hint of shame, the depth of their love showed.

Everything is possible in this world.

Money must make more money, and it should be used, not just left to sit gathering dust.
Jun 13, 2012 Beanse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful, horrible and just plain bad bad bad! Yikes. The saga goes on and on through the damn ages, never reaching any conclusion through the endless plots that are crawling through this terrible book. The are murders, disappearances, and a lot of woman bashing but No Damn Conclusions! God almighty! How the hell did this thing end up on a best sellers list!

In conclusion, this book sucks....Big time. Yuck.
Oct 18, 2015 Maddy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donated-to-a-lfl
The on-the-nose, transported-to-the-Edwardian-era-for-some-reason retelling of the Plantaget/Tudor drama that nobody asked for.

Seriously, it's kind of hard to convince a reader that the absolute most important thing for a captain of industry is an heir to take over the family business. We all know captains of industry just groom the best underling for the job and makes sure their last name stays in the company title somewhere so their egos are assauged.
Jun 10, 2011 Kristy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To anyone who likes reading about the pointlessly boring lives of the rich and famous.
I only forced myself to finish this one because it was a birthday present; really, this is NOT my type of book at all. I was so bored with most of it that it's pitiful. And I really don't know what the author was doing with the last third of the book, but the people/events were an exact parallel of Henry VIII and his wives/mistresses and children. I thought that was pretty pathetic.
Oct 07, 2008 Jenise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoy this sequel to The Ravenscar Dynasty very much. Loved seeing the strength and love of Edward toward the women in his life, his children and his friends. There were times when he was faced with difficult challenges, but the one thing that seemed apparent to me was his love for his family. The decisions he made were made not only to protect his company but his family as well.
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Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 30 bestselling novels, including The Cavendon Women, Cavendon Hall, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman ...more
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