Philippa Gregory is a bestselling author in historical fiction. The Lady of the Rivers is the third book in her The Cousins' War series. However, this...morePhilippa Gregory is a bestselling author in historical fiction. The Lady of the Rivers is the third book in her The Cousins' War series. However, this is the first book written by Ms. Gregory that I have ever read. Even though it's the third of a series, the novel read fine as a stand-alone.
It's obvious a lot of research went into the novel, as a lot of historical facts were presented. However, the book never feels like a history textbook. Ms. Gregory manages to bring the historical characters to life, each with their own personality. Of course, the idea that Jacquetta was psychic and/or could practice magic is up to each reader to believe or not on their own.
The story flowed well, but not always at a brisk pace. The plot got a bit hung up with excessive detail where no real action was going on; such as traveling here and there, and Jacquetta having yet another child.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and think anyone who reads historical fiction will as well. I will be reading more of her books!(less)
The Final Summit by Andy Andrews is the second book about David Ponder, a "Traveler." He is introduced in The Traveler's Gift where he must travel thr...moreThe Final Summit by Andy Andrews is the second book about David Ponder, a "Traveler." He is introduced in The Traveler's Gift where he must travel through time to find the 7 secrets of success, but each book stands on its own in a complete novel. In The Final Summit, we find David Ponder, a successful businessman, who is well loved by colleagues and employees alike, mourning for his wife. He is now 74 years old and feels his life is over. The Archangel Gabriel appears to him and tells David he must attend a grand meeting of all the Travelers because humanity's survival is at stake. They must find a two word answer that an individual or humanity as a whole can do to save the human race, as God is thinking of starting over - a la Noah and the Ark.
I enjoyed reading this book. The other Travelers who join David Ponder in this meeting are big names from history. Andy Andrews manages to blend them well into the storyline, giving a brief synopsis of each Traveler and their contributions to the world. He tempers the tense overtones of the meeting (after all, they are trying to save the human race) with tidbits of humor, especially through Winston Churchill trying to get the best of Archangel Gabriel.
This book just made me feel good as I was reading it. The principals put forth as the answer are all things we should incorporate into our lives in order to make ourselves better people. But, you never feel like you're being preached at. I was a little let down at the final answer. Perhaps I was expecting something a little grander, more God-like. Yet sometimes, it's the little things that make the most impact.
I would recommend this novel whether you're a Christian or not. It's a light read, I finished in two hours. You can be entertained and learn things about your self as you go. Who doesn't need to do that? (less)
I'd been seeing this book recommended everywhere. I read the synopsis and I was hooked, I had to read it. It was a great book! The only negative thing...moreI'd been seeing this book recommended everywhere. I read the synopsis and I was hooked, I had to read it. It was a great book! The only negative thing I could say about it is that it was written and marketed as a young adult book, but I worry that the subject matter is a little too violent for the younger of the young adults. Teenagers forced to kill each other for other's amusement isn't the greatest storyline for children to read.
I loved everything else about this book. It's one of those page-turners that won't let you put it down until you've read it all. Katniss has had to take on the responsibility of taking care of her mother and little sister since her father was killed in the mines. She's 16, but already an adult. Living such a harsh life has forced her to bottle up her emotions, so she finds being partnered with Peeta especially difficult. She slowly learns to open up and evolve through the trials in the story.
It's a great story that leaves you wanting more.(less)