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The King's Daughter

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  485 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Superb historical novel of the Jacobean court, in which Princess Elizabeth strives to avoid becoming her father's pawn in the royal marriage market The court of James I is a volatile place, with factions led by warring cousins Robert Cecil and Francis Bacon. Europe is seething with conflict between Protestants and Catholics. James sees himself as a grand peacemaker -- and ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published August 2009 by HarperCollins
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Apr 18, 2011 Susan added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I got through about a fourth of this one. I should have been warned off in the first chapter, where Elizabeth, a young child at the time, switches almost without warning from prattling about fairies to very calmly and methodically plotting her escape from a would-be kidnapper. The characters spent most of their time whining about being royal, and Elizabeth's father and mother are little more than caricatures. It's a pity this novel didn't measure up, because Elizabeth of Bohemia is a great subje ...more
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

* Wonderfully written
* Intriguing characters
* Emotions deftly written, you really feel as you can understand and feel her pain and loneliness
* Fictional character of Tallie is fascinating
* Historical facts/names/places done very well and done in such a way that it is easy to understand the who's, what's and where's. Let me tell you that is not an easy thing to do during this period of history
* Very well researched

The Not so Good Stuff

* Quite dry and repetitive at times
* The
Nov 17, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
This novel is a quick read and the plot speeds right along. The beginning of the novel feels somewhat frivolous, but by the time you reach the middle of the book it gains some weight. I think this is on purpose to show how Elizabeth grows up from an innocent child to a woman. There was also a cute love story between Elizabeth and Frederick that you were rooting for by the end of the book.

This was an interesting story and one whose characters I have not encountered elsewhere. We get up close and
The most positive thing I can say about this book is I finished it. The author didn't provide a lot of explanation in the author's note to know exactly what was "fiction" and fact. She did expand on the characters a bit but not enough to satisfy my curiousity. Overall, if she ever writes about a character that I would be interested in again, I'll probably use the library to read it.
Dec 25, 2010 Molly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: TLC
Recently, I've become hooked on HF novels such as this one. There's just something about opening a novel, sitting back, and being instantly transported back to the 17th century and thrust in to the Shakespearian Era. Feeling as if you are among the Kings and Queens, wearing the fancy gowns and jewels, during a time when you, if you were a child of a King, were put on the marriage market, really left me in awe. I have had books transport me into history before, but Christie Dickason is outstandin ...more
Jun 16, 2012 Philae_02 rated it liked it
I was fortunate enough to receive this book as part of the Early Reviewers Program, and I must say that I learned quite a bit from this historical novel. I pride myself in knowing quite a bit about the Tudor dynasty, but I did not know so much about the Stuarts. The story is primarily about Princess Elizabeth Stuart, the eldest daughter of King James I of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The timeline of the novel covers her life from the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 to her marriage to Fredrick, the Ger ...more
Sep 08, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was ok
I picked up this title because I don't see too many fictionalizations of the early Stuarts, particularly James I and his heirs. While the subject and certain parts of this book interested, I found the pace plodding at times and Elizabeth's characterization off-putting. Yes, it sucks to be a female born to a king where your best lot in life is a decent marriage, but I got this sense of whining that stayed throughout the narration. Also, there seemed to be a bit of "Flowers in the Attic" subtext, ...more
Suzanne Lilly
Oct 09, 2014 Suzanne Lilly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of British royal historical fiction
Recommended to Suzanne by: bookstore
I've been hitting the jackpot on books lately. This is another book I picked up on a whim and fell in love with the author's writing style. Thankfully, Christie Dickason, author of The King's Daughter, has more books for us to read.

The most surprising part of this novel for me was how involved I became in the story of the slave Tallie. Elizabeth initially rejects Tallie, especially since the slave is a gift from the queen, whom Elizabeth feels has rejected her own daughter. The story is wave upo
Andrea Guy
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. I was gung ho for a book about a royal that wasn't a Tudor. Elizabeth's story seems to be dragged out. There were times when I had to look up information about her so I had an idea of how old she was.

The first part is the slowest dealing with Elizabeth's unknowing part in the Gunpowder Plot to assissinate her father. Christie doesn't spare her readers from the gruesome outcome. Elizabeth witnsses the execution of Fawkes and his conspiri
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First thing to note - if this was a movie, it would be rated R for violence and sexual content.

That aside, what an interesting to read. Like many of my other books, this one was picked up on a whim. I don't usually read secular historical fiction so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was a bit put off by the sexual content but tried to gloss over it in order to finish reading the story.

If most of this book is true, King James I was a scary king. Ruled by his passions, rather than his intellect, he
Jan 12, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Another great historical fiction read for me. I do not know much about James I but he sounds almost as horrible as Henry VIII! I felt so sorry for his daughter, Elizabeth who this story centers around. How can two parents be so detached and cruel to their children? I know part of it is the time as royal children tended to be raised by others but at least on visits, they would be kind of happy to see each other. Not Elizabeths's parents - a father who fears her power to ascend him to the throne a ...more
Nov 29, 2010 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The daughter of James I, Elizabeth, who became Elizabeth of Bohemia and the mother of Prince Rupert, has been given a first-person voice in Christie Dickerson’s novel, The King’s Daughter. Elizabeth is also the granddaughter of Mary Queen of Scots, daughter of James VI of Scotland and I of England, who signed his mother’s death warrant, a bisexual, profligate monarch who wears a padded shirt due to his pathological fear of assassins. A paranoia which extends to his children, whom he separates fr ...more
Nov 11, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
The King's Daughter is the story of Princess Elizabeth. Growing up, Elizabeth knew she may not be the prettiest but that that did not matter as she was known as the King's daughter. She could guarantee that she would be married to whomever her father wished upon her. Every time that Elizabeth was seen to prospects she always felt like she was at a cattle drive. Elizabeth knew she had to please her father but Elizabeth is smart and has ideas of her own. When Elizabeth meets the German Prince, Fre ...more
Kelley  C
Dec 30, 2013 Kelley C rated it it was ok
I thought I'd try something new by branching out into a novel about the English monarchy that doesn't involve the Tudors. This one's about James I of Scotland's daughter, Elizabeth. And...yep, not too much interesting stuff happened to her, apparently, cause this book was booooooring. She never really...did anything. It was mostly just her whining that her father was going to make her marry someone horrible.

The other characters in the book were actually more fun to read about than Elizabeth. Her
The King’s Daughter is a story about the “First Daughter of England” Elizabeth Stuart. The only surviving daughter of James I of England and VI of Scotland, Elizabeth was third in line to the throne and seen by her father as a potential threat. At the age of 9 she foiled a kidnap attempt by the ‘Gunpowder Plotters’ who intended to murder her father and elder brother and put her on the throne in their place. Unfortunately, that did nothing for her relationship with her father who suspected her of ...more
Lydia Presley
Nov 07, 2010 Lydia Presley rated it really liked it
As much as I love to read historical fiction and gravitate toward the stories of the British Royalty, every time I finish one of these books I have one single thought: I am so glad this wasn't me.

Intrigue, betrayal, murder, lust and more are held within the pages of The King's Daughter by Christie Dickason. While some historical fiction books can get bogged down with names and make it difficult to follow (due to the constant use of the same names), the only thing confusing about this book was th
Jenna King
Sep 06, 2011 Jenna King rated it liked it
I'm torn between how many stars to give this book. In reading, as in any other entertainment, I like it to be clean. This is why I tend to gravitate toward juvenile fiction (young adult/teen) because generally, there is no outright sex. That is my disappointment with this book. The story is really good and I enjoyed the read, mostly. I skimmed the chapters that were mainly about sex, though (chapters 39-44) and even though it was alluded to throughout the book (she is a princess whose primary pu ...more
Jul 19, 2015 Teagan rated it liked it
I enjoyed the historical truths and the creation of James I's court which this novel offered the reader. However, there was still much to be desired as the story ended when I wanted to know more about Elizabeth's life after marriage. Luckily Wikipedia could tell me the rest. As a result the novel was fairly slow paced as it focused more so on Elizabeth's wait to get married and her relationship with her father.

I enjoyed Christie Dickason's other novels more.
Robert Dunn
Jun 30, 2014 Robert Dunn rated it liked it
The first part of the book tells Elizabeth's story when she was 9. Part two continues at age 16 when a suitable marriage is being sought. The story is good but not great and is quite slow in spots. For a child brought up almost in isolation, Elizabeth is quite a savvy individual, which I found a bit of a stretch.
Jan 05, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written historical story with pieces of history and fiction cleverly woven about a character in our history that is less well known.

It was a very good read that sparked an interest in this intereging woman. it draws upon some stereotypes of Princess Elizabeths father James I, and we can see the character of the ill fated Charles I being shaped as a spoilt child.

The only critism I have of it is that it was slightly too long about 2/3s in I felt it kind of repeated itself; I found
May 28, 2011 Jillian rated it did not like it
This is one of those books that I kept reading, believing "It has to get better, it has to get better." Sadly, not one of those books. The King's Daughter focuses on Elizabeth, daughter of King James I. The problem is Elizabeth is a dull main character! The plot focuses on her father "selling" her for marriage, and Elizabeth trying to get the upper hand to find out who she may marry with the help of her servant turned spy, Tallie. Her character doesn't seem to change at all over the course of th ...more
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Oct 17, 2014 Roula Yasin rated it liked it
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Oct 25, 2011 Wendy rated it did not like it
I enjoyed the story up to 3/4 through. Then came the sex scene, so I put the book down. Other sexual innuendos throughout the book. Open talk about the king's homosexual relationships. One scene describes people being hanged, not too graphic.

I'm not sure I agreed with the author's portrayal of King James and his family. The author took a totally different view of King James than I have hitherto studied. I would have to do more research on King James and his children to make a better judgement c
Oct 07, 2011 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marriage as a political strategem is much the highlight of this novel. James I is determined to be a Peacemaker and this means marrying his children to the religious factions of both Protestant and Catholic faiths.

Christie Dickason gives us a clear, cold view of how little ties of blood mean when a crown is at stake. To think that children fear the axe of treason from their own father is a frightening concept.

Elizabeth is a likeable character and interesting to read of the woman who is the creat
Good book. Starts off fast and doesn't slow down for awhile. The author finally gives you a chance to catch your breath around chapter 13. I wasn't expecting the friendship between the princess and an African slave woman. The development of the friendship and the strength that the two women lend one another was the high point of the book. This isn't a "chick" book though. The guys out there will find intrigue, executions, and assasinations galor. It was exciting watching the young princess turn ...more
I read this for the Just For Fun Challenge which encourages reading one book that has been on the TBR shelf for a long time and without doing a review. I still rated this book though and I loved it.
This was an interesting read from one of the lesser-known characters of the Tudor-Stuart era, the Princess Elizabeth, and her brother Henry, who was to be king but died too young leaving his brother Charles to eventually take the throne. I like Dickason's writing style and I like that she didn't give in to the temptation to include the brother-sister sex that seems to always exist around that time period (Anne Boleyn....?) I also liked that she pulled in one of the characters from The Firemaster ...more
Dec 09, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
From my book review blog Rundpinne...."Dickason has certainly researched this time period and brings the reader into the life of young Elizabeth from the years 1605 through 1613, while not a lot of her life is covered in The King’s Daughter, it is a richly detailed book filled with rich and vivid characters as well as an intimate look at life as a princess."...The full review may be read here.
Aug 20, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
This was a truly wonderfully written story - Christie Dickason's got a great way with words and she's brill at allowing the reader to get a real feel for the time period she's writing about. The reason I've docked a star is because I feel there wasn't really that much of a story here - the plot was often quite repetitive, and I didn't read it too long ago but I couldn't tell you half of the events that occurred in it. Luckily Christie's excellent writing style mostly cancels the fact that not mu ...more
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