Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh. Visit her website at PhilippaGregory.com.
The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory's latest in the Cousin's War series (after The Lady of the Rivers). The stakes are high as Anne and Isabel Neville, daughters of the earl of Warwick ("The Kingmaker"), vie for their father's favor and a chance at the throne. The earl has long mentored the young King Edward and Edward's brothers George and Richard in hopes of marrying his daughters into royalty. But when Edward weds the commoner Elizabeth Woodville, the Kingmaker arranges a secret marriage between Isabel and George, and launches an uprising that will result in the earl's death, leaving Isabel entangled in a dangerous political web and Anne-having recently married-already a widow. However, Richard-a tough soldier who honors family obligations while his brothers sell out-soon comes to Anne's rescue. In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women's lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters. By the book's end, Anne and Richard have ascended the throne, but the War of the Roses has yet to be won, setting the stage for a sequel showdown. Agent: Anthony Mason. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In the next entry (after The Lady of the Rivers) in Gregory's historical series about the War of the Roses, Anne Neville is the daughter of the Earl of Warwick, who put Edward of York on the throne after battling the Lancasters. When Edward marries Elizabeth Rivers, a Lancaster widow and a rumored witch, without the earl's blessing, the kingmaker begins plotting for a more pliable king. The earl uses his daughters as pawns in the fluid political situation. Anne eventually marries Richard, the youngest of the three York brothers after an ill-fated first marriage. Anne and Richard live a relatively quiet life in the north of England until events spur Richard to take the throne after Edward's death. VERDICT Gregory delivers another vivid and satisfying novel of court intrigue, revenge, and superstition. Gregory's many fans as well as readers who enjoy lush, evocative writing, vividly drawn characters, and fascinating history told from a woman's point of view will love her latest work. [See Prepub Alert, 10/25/10.]-Kristen Stewart, Pearland Lib., Brazoria Cty. Lib. Syst., TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Conspiracy and a fight to the death for love and power."--"Los Angeles Times" "Gregory returns with another sister act. The result: her best novel in years." "Gregory delivers another vivid and satisfying novel of court intrigue, revenge, and superstition. Gregory's many fans as well as readers who enjoy lush, evocative writing, vividly drawn characters, and fascinating history told from a woman's point of view will love her latest work." "Gregory is one of historical fiction's superstars, and "The Kingmaker's Daughter" shows why . . . providing intelligent escape, a trip through time to a dangerous past." "Wielding magic again in her latest War of the Roses novel ... Gregory demonstrates the passion and skill that has made her the queen of English historical fiction....Gregory portrays spirited women at odds with powerful men, endowing distant historical events with drama, and figures long dead or invented with real-life flaws and grand emotions. She makes history ... come alive for readers." "Gorgeous fun."-- "New York Daily News" "Gregory ... always delivers the goods. Her latest novel wraps up her 'cousins' war' series of royal witches, philanderers and kingslayers with the story of King Richard III's wife, Anne Neville, who went from the marital bed of one royal prince to that of another king-to-be during this long family feud."-- "New York Post" ""The Kingmaker's Daughter" is Gregory in fine form. . . . The Cousins' War . . . provides a rich setting for drama with its endless plots and conniving courtiers."-- "Associated Press" "Gregory creates suspense by raising intriguing questions about whether her characters will transcend their historical reputations."-- "Kirkus Reviews" "It's every man and woman for themselves in Gregory's latest, which offers reliable royal entertainment."-- "Booklist" "From the queen of royal fiction comes a gripping 15th-century tale of the daughters of the man known as the 'Kingmaker.'"-- "San Antonio Express-News" "The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory's latest. . . . The stakes are high as Anne and Isabel Neville, daughters of the earl of Warwick ('The Kingmaker'), vie for their father's favor and a chance at the throne. . . . . In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women's lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters."-- "Publishers Weekly"