The much-praised Legacy offers an exquisite psychological portrait of the Queen who defined an era, beloved and touted by readers for its stunning storytelling and intriguing take on the monarch's life. From the spectacular era that bears her name comes the mesmerizing story of Elizabeth I: her tragic childhood; her ruthless confrontations with Mary, Queen of Scots; and he...more
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The author also has a wonderful way of describing the times, the scenes, the clothes, etc. The author's op...more
I first read this book when I was in middle school. I borrowed it from the library, lost myself in the dangerous and glittering world of court intrigue and politics, and read it in a little over two sittings. It also happened to be that this was one of the last books I read before we moved to a different state. In that hectic time, I returned the book to the library almost as soon as I fin...more
Susan Kay’s “Legacy” felt like two separate books (which could be argued as a lack of cohesive tact). The early chapters were much too disjointed with an overall look at events in Elizabeth’s early life (and th...more
This is not a quick and breezy beach read by any stretch of the imagination,...more
The prologue introduces Elizabeth as a troubled young princess, imprisoned in the Tower of London by her sister Mary and facing possible execution as a traitor:
She sat on a low stone window-seat, wrapped in a cloak against the creeping cold and, like the solitary stone pillar that support...more
The first third of the book, about her childhood and ascension to the throne, were very interesting. I knew how it would turn out, but s...more
I don’t know if I’ll ever read any other novel set in this time period, but in any case I have this feeling that Legacy has forever altered my expectation of Tudor historical novels—that is to say, has ruined me forever for any other such novel—because if I didn’t have great expectations about them befor...more
Coming into this book, I’d yet to read a definitive novel of Elizabeth’s life, something which seemed a bit of a mystery, as Elizabeth is one of the most well known figures of history. Having read Margaret George’s Elizabeth last year, I was impressed with the quality of writing and the vivid detail in which Elizabeth and her times were rendered, but I couldn’t help feeling a tiny bit disappointed that the novel only covered the autumn and winter of Elizabeth’s life, from the 1588 armada onwards...more
Elizabeth wanted either war or executions. Once she secured the crown after surviving her sister's Mary's reign by the skin of her teeth, Elizabeth put the welfare of her subjects first. Like a mother, she was willing to lie, cheat and even execute (something she always hated to even think about) to secure th...more
Like a previous reviewer mentioned the first half of the book about Elizabeth's childhood was the most interesting part. Having seen The Tudors it was easy to fol...more
This book is a page-turner, impo...more
It seemed repetitive also that major characters would have a revelation - a moment of clarification where "no more, never again, I could see it clearly now"! And yet, it would happen to the same character a couple of years later that left me thinki...more
I had to dig in my reserves of patience in order to allow myself to enjoy Legacy. I'm now used to zipping through books, but this one forced me to slow down and pay attention to what was unfo...more
"My mother had a dog once. She used to make it jump through a burning hoop to prove its devotion to her, until she found my father did it better. He jumped through that hoop for over six years. When he finally got tired of performing for her amusement he killed her. And that's what makes men such interesting pets, Markham--you never know when they're going to turn around and bite you."
"So was my father! I don't seem t...more
She is most known for her book, Phantom, which expands upon the history of Erik, the character from Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera, in an episodic format of seven chapters from different characters' points of view.
Susan Kay did not travel to Iran to research the novel, although she did research in person at the Paris Opera House.
Her first novel was Legacy,...more