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Spies, poison, and curses surround her...

Is there anyone she can trust?

The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker," Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel as pawns in his political games, and they grow u
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Touchstone (first published 2012)
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Karen It's history and all the same story really but just from different viewpoints. It's nice if you can get them in order chronologically, but not really…moreIt's history and all the same story really but just from different viewpoints. It's nice if you can get them in order chronologically, but not really necessary.(less)
Carol Strange No, I have been reading them been reading them as I have become interested in the historical figure features in each book. Now I've decided to read…moreNo, I have been reading them been reading them as I have become interested in the historical figure features in each book. Now I've decided to read all of them. The author does a nice job of covering different events from different points of view. Any order is fine. In order historically might be a good idea if you haven't started. There is no problem of not knowing what's going on because you haven't read the previous books(less)

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Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
The series is very good... keeps your attention and tells the story from different perspectives. Not one of my favorite ones from Ms. Gregory, but still a good one. I felt like some of this was a littel repetitive and lacked the keen eye for re-telling something from a previous book in the series with a different perception point. However, she has an extremely strong talent for writing historical fiction and creating the necessary suspense to keep the reader closely interested. This one focuses ...more
This was one of the best portrayals of Anne Neville that I have read. Little more than a pawn in her father's schemes, she could do nothing but follow his orders until the day that Richard rescued her. I really enjoyed the portrayal of Richard who becomes Richard III. He proclaims his innocence in the disappearance of the two princes in the Tower and even seems to grasp just how much people will despise him and blame him for the disappearance. Gregory has done it again and brought Anne to life i ...more
Stephanie Miceli
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it

First let me say I am a huge PG fan. I have read all of her historical fiction novels and loved every one of them. I was very excited about the idea of reading about the life of Anne Neville (wife of Richard III). For some reason this book did not seem as compelling to me as her other novels. The first half of the book seemed to drag and the narrative was a little too repetitive. The book picked up for the second half. Unfortunately, the historical record on Anne's life is so vague and much of t
Agatha Donkar
This would have been four stars, except that whenever I read about the War of the Roses I get really mad and spend a lot of time hollering about how if these people had just stopped marrying their cousins and named some boy Horace or Malcolm or Glen instead of Edward and Richard and George and Henry, they all would have been better off.

Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Where I got the book: purchased through Waterstones. UK edition, signed.

Despite my eternal resolutions not to read any more of this Cousins' War series I couldn't resist getting a signed copy at the Historical Novel Society conference, so here I am reviewing yet another of these books and noting pretty much exactly the same things that annoy me with all the others.

This one covers the story of Anne Neville, wife of Richard of Gloucester aka Richard III. Her father is the political mover and shake
Confession – I’m an English history freak with a long-time special interest in 15th Century England & Richard III, & that’s why I read this – and why I sometimes read historical novels though I know they’re going to be bad! I have some issues with factual content related to this book, but I realize it’s a novel - & I will attempt to review it with that in mind. But for those of you who might be tempted to think the content of this book is at all factual, it isn’t. I’m not going to po ...more
Brittany B.
4.5 Stars!!!

I have given Philippa Gregory a rough time. I believed her writing was sometimes broad and dumbed down. I didn't put much faith in the historical accuracy of her work, believing she was more fiction than history.
Well, not with this story!! I didn't realize until I did my own investigation that a tremendous amount of research went into this series. I can't even imagine how much research time it would take to write this series, when the history is complicated and voluminous, and the
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
You need a giant Prozac before you read this thing.

Gah! This book manages to be both boring as hell and depressing as hell at the same time.

I know, I know... the author is just reporting the facts, not trying to glamorize it.

And yet.. very little is written or known about the heroine and narrator, Anne Neville, so the author could have theoretically made her a little less horrible and boring. She could have been less of a spoiled little asshole who was jealous of every other female and obsesse
Although readers whom strive for historical accuracy have been quite let down by PG; I tried to go into this novel with a clean slate. Meaning that I already knew “The Kingmaker’s Daughter” would include a certain level of fluff (at least PG finally admits to this in her “Author’s Note”); so I decided to just try to enjoy the novel for what it is: entertainment.

Admittedly, expecting little did help my enjoyment intensity with “The Kingmaker’s Daughter” but I did still experience some issues. Alt
There is something about Philippa Gregory's writing that is enthralling. This story was told from Anne Neville's point of view and I found it fascinating, especially since the last book I'd read by this author was The Lady of the Rivers. I love it when a series takes on different perspectives so you get a more well-rounded view of all sides.

I felt sorry for the Neville girls. How awful to be used for gain and raised to marry and solely to increase one's wealth. I think the author did a great job
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Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the acc ...more
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The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #2)
  • The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #3)
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“I was taught to be queen by Margaret of Anjou, and perhaps I have taught you how to be queen in turn. This is fortune’s wheel indeed.’ With my forefinger I draw a circle in the air, the sign of fortune’s wheel. ‘You can go very high and you can sink very low, but you can rarely turn the wheel at your own bidding.” 13 likes
“I feel no peace, I feel nothing. I think I will feel nothing forever.” 13 likes
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