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The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Cousins' War, #4) by Philippa Gregory
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Aug 23, 2012

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, library-book
Read from August 15 to 23, 2012

After the last PG debacle The Lady of the Rivers, I didn't think I'd pick up another PG book, but the library had it, so I gave it a go. Also for review purposes, I have liked PG's prior novels, but I've always taken them with a grain of salt, due to her historical inaccuracies. PG loves to rewrite history and give her books new spins (which sadly she boasts as facts.) This one, like the others in this series are about witchcraft. The Rivers ladies cook up spells, blow wind and snowstorms, curse future children and can even put pain in someone's arm, so he can't fight. Whatever! Overall, this book was better than I thought it would be, but without the hocus pocus it would have been a much better story. Little is known about Anne and or sister Isabel. They led incredible lives and this book had all the opportunities to be a great novel. It falls short, due to the withcraft and the repetitious "Bad Queen, "Sleeping King" "Kingmaker" mantra. What I did like was the story itself moved. I am not a reader who likes pages and pages of descriptions. PG didn't waste anytime getting to their story. Some readers might find that made the story empty (character devolvement, modern etc) but that was OK to me, since I know the characters and the history. Overall, I was surprised that I didn't hate it. The best part was the birthing scene on the boat. PG came through for us with that scene. If you're skeptical since the last book, I think it's safe to give this one a try.
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Reading Progress

08/15/2012 "I just read the author's notes. Are you ready for this??? PG says her next book is about Richard's secret lover...Princess Elizabeth of York." 34 comments
35.0% "So far no hocus pocus. It's moving smoothly." 2 comments
08/17/2012 page 42
10.0% "Oops, I spoke to soon. The witch talk has begun. Where necromancy items have been found, where Jacquetta and Elizabeth had voodoo dolls of her and Edward." 6 comments
08/19/2012 page 87
20.0% "That was quite a scene, as Orsolya mentioned. I knew it was going to happen, but wow! I can't even imagine?" 1 comment
08/20/2012 page 101
23.0% "Anne has met the mean old ugly Queen of Anjou. It's a little repetitious, but it's definitely readable."
08/20/2012 page 120
28.0% "I get it. She's the "Bad Queen " He''s the "Sleeping King" your dad is "The Kingmaker" I don't need to be reminded on every other page. Poor Anne is married now to the Bad Queen's evil son. Torturous." 7 comments
08/21/2012 page 150
35.0% "A positive: This book moves. I like that. No loll lagging, no overly drawn out boring details."
08/21/2012 page 201
47.0% "Anne has married Richard and she finally said "Margaret of Anjou" not " the bad queen""
08/22/2012 page 291
67.0% "George has hired a sorcerer to protect him from Elizabeth's powers!
08/23/2012 page 404
94.0% "Wrapping this up this morning."
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message 1: by Ashley (new) - added it

Ashley i'm sure i'll get it and give it a go once on paperback but let me know.. i'm getting ready to reread the white queen so i can read the other two after it

Orsolya Must agree about the labor-ship scene! We both gave it 3 stars, then. Not bad for PG!

message 3: by Misfit (new) - added it

Misfit Pain in the arm from magic. Is that perhaps how R3 got his lopsided arm issue?

Rio (Lynne) Yep! It was all Elizabeth's fault.

message 5: by Misfit (new) - added it

Misfit I seem to recall that happening in The White Queen at the end. Sigh.

Rio (Lynne) I vaguely remember that.

Orsolya I remember it. PG clearly wanted to keep that *fact* going.

message 8: by Anna (new)

Anna *rolls eyes*

Nice review, Rio. Not sure if/when I'll ever attempt it, but as with Orsolya, thanks for trying it for us :-)

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