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The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory
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Sep 13, 12

Read in September, 2012

"Spies, poison, and curses surround her… Is there anyone she can trust?"

The fourth book in Phillipa Gregory’s The Cousins’ Wars series, based on the War of the Roses between the Lancastrian and York lines, is told from the viewpoint of Anne Neville, daughter of Richard Neville. Richard Neville, also known as the kingmaker since his military strategy and political know-how helps Edward IV overthrow his cousin Henry VI, will stop at nothing to see one of his daughters on the throne. Edward marries Elizabeth Woodville, a lower ranking noble with ambitions of her own, robbing Neville of the power he once had over the newly crowned king. War is not far off and Neville will stop at nothing to get closer to the crown, killing the queen’s kin without trials and marrying his daughters to possible over-throwers of King Edward. Anne and her sister are tossed from winning to losing sides many times and readers will wonder what shall happen to Anne, unless of course they’ve read the other books in the series.

Though Anne Neville hasn’t the distinctive personality of Margaret Beaufort from Gregory’s second book in the series, The Red Queen, Anne’s story is a page-turner until the very end. The wild ride from one war to another, from one marriage to the next keeps the reader wanting more, desperate to discover what will happen next even though they know what eventually happens to Anne (if they’ve read the other books in the series). Gregory brings the real history of the War of the Rose to life through Anne’s complex relationship with key players in this real-life game of thrones. For example, Margaret of Anjou who murdered Anne’s grandfather and became the source of her childhood nightmares, eventually becomes a mentor of sorts to the young Anne. It’s amazing how Gregory can take a villain from one book and authentically paint her as the heroine of her own story. The Kingmaker’s Daughter is a must read for royal fiction fans and the best yet in The Cousins’ War series. 5/5 Stars

Author: Phillipa Gregory
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction
Publication Date: July 14, 2012
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Review Written by Andrea Cefalo, author of The Fairytale Keeper series and chief editor of Obelisk Review
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