This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Monday, July 12, 2010

Recently Finished Books...Reviews Soon!

Unable to help myself, I have finished my ARC of Philippa Gregory's newest novel The Red Queen (set for publication in August) and my ARC of Elizabeth Chadwick's next novel For the King's Favor (set for publication in September).

I tried (not very hard I'll admit) to not read them until closer to the time when I could post my reviews but I couldn't help myself! My full review for each of them will be posted in the week or two leading up to the book's publication. Until then, here are just a few thoughts on the two!

The Red Queen
This wasn't too bad and I believe I liked it more than the first novel in The Cousin's War series (The White Queen about Elizabeth Woodville). As always when I'm reading something that has anything to do with Richard III, it was difficult for me to get through the final chapters knowing what was coming. All in all not a bad book though I did NOT like the main character (and I'll explain in my detailed review).

For the King's Favor
As always, Elizabeth Chadwick has given us a fantastic work of historical fiction! I thoroughly enjoyed this one and found it interesting to see events from a different perspective (that of the Bigods, Earls of Norfolk) that were mentioned in her fantastic novels about William Marshal (The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion). If you wanted to read these chronologically you should start with TGK, then read this one, pick up TSL next, and then finish with To Defy A King, which concerns the children of the Marshals and the Bigods.

Obviously more details will be forthcoming in my detailed reviews but I had to post something for y'all to read!


  1. I can't wait to read your review of The Red Queen. I just finished The White Queen. Can I assume that you like Richard III and are in favor that he did NOT kill his nephews? I am leaning that way the more I read about him and about Margaret Beaufort.

    I love your blog by the way!

  2. You are quite right, Cortney. I am a Richard supporter and hate the way he has been trashed throughout history. By no means do I think he was a saint but I do not believe he was the monster the Tudors wanted him to be.

    And thank you for the kind comment about my blog!