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The Queen’s Rival By Anne O’Brien
Book Title: The Queen’s Rival
Author: Anne O’Brien
Publication Date: 15th April 2021(paperback) September 2020 (Hardback and ebook)
Page Length: 531 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
One family united by blood. Torn apart by war…
The Wars of the Roses storm through the country, and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, plots to topple the weak-minded King Henry VI from the throne.
But when the Yorkists are defeated at the battle of Ludford Bridge, Cecily’s family flee and abandon her to face a marauding Lancastrian army on her own.
Stripped of her lands and imprisoned in Tonbridge Castle, the Duchess begins to spin a web of deceit. One that will eventually lead to treason, to the fall of King Henry VI, and to her eldest son being crowned King Edward IV.
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Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
The Queen’s Rival By Anne O’Brien is a rewarding historical fiction experience.
An insightful look at the dramatic time of the War of The Roses seen through the eyes of Cecily, Duchess of York. The author has done an exceptional job in giving the reader a book that is written in the style of epistolary. Seamless narration in a series of letters, documents and even a recipe. This was a really creative way of to set up a novel. In a series of events Lady Cecily finds herself in a broiled plot to usurp King Henry VI from the throne. Things do not go as a planned and lady Cecily finds her family humbled and faced with the stripping of their families lands by the ruthless Queen Marguerite.
Cecile watches from her prison tower in Tonbridge Castle She is patient and bides her time. Planning her eldest son’s Edward IV, ultimate victory, with him being crowned King. This is a epic tale of one woman’s goal to have her family climb the ranks to the top through political intrigue, and align themselves to the English crown.
Her family rises and falls like the tides, as Englands endures the chaotic civil war of the Roses that takes place during the medieval fifteen century.
The author has created an engaging and memorable book, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this dramatic historical fiction. From start to finish I was captivated by the characters. Along with a fast moving plot line, the book was a wonderful read and kept me glued to its pages.
Excited to see more from this talented author
Sunday Times Bestselling author Anne O’Brien was born in West Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in East Yorkshire for many years as a teacher of history.
Today she has sold over 700,000 copies of her books medieval history novels in the UK and internationally. She lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century timber-framed cottage in the depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire. The area provides endless inspiration for her novels which breathe life into the forgotten women of medieval history.
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