57th out of 180 books — 39 voters
The Queen's Tiara
This novel combines the tale of the beautiful and androgynous Tintomara with the assassination of Gustave III on the stage of his own opera house at a masque ball in 1792.
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 21st 2004 by Arcadia Books
(first published 1834)
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Even though I had trouble finishing this novel at all, I'm still giving it three stars because there were things I really liked. I found the character of Tintomara, an androgyne whom nobody can help falling in love with, very attractive, as well as a lot of the relationship messes around her. And the novel had a lot of interesting quirky stuff. But somehow it didn't keep the story very well together and much of the interesting potential in the story was lost and watered down into pointless meand...more
Aug 01, 2011 Raisu rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
The original Swedish title is Drottningens juvelsmycke and this has also been translated to English as The Queen's Tiara. It's a 19th century Swedish classic, a historical novel that takes place in the late 18th century, right before, during and after the assasination of the King Gustav III. The reader is treated to an almost heady mix of conspiracies, romantic entanglements, theft, death and danger. The book also has cross dressing and mistaken identities to rival a Shakespeare comedy. In other...more
Although I'm giving it three starts my opinion of this book is definitely mixed - the first 50 pages or so consist of unbearably overdone prose, but then there is a radical shift in style and even format with the appearance of Tintomara. The author skilfully blends the political conspiracies with Tintomara's story, and is good at creating convincingly sinister characters in Magistrate Liljensparre and in Reuterholm. The portrayal of the androgynous Tintomara, a character utterly indifferent to a...more