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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The King's Daughter by Christie Dickason: Book Review

The King's Daughter
by Christie Dickason
ISBN: 978-0-06-197627-8

Description: Superb historical novel of the Jacobean court, in which Princess Elizabeth strives to avoid becoming her father's pawn in the royal marriage market The court of James I is a volatile place, with factions led by warring cousins Robert Cecil and Francis Bacon. Europe is seething with conflict between Protestants and Catholics. James sees himself as a grand peacemaker -- and what better way to make his mark than to use his children in marriage negotiations? Into this court come Henry, Prince of Wales, and his sister Elizabeth. Their louche father is so distrusted that soon they are far more popular than he is: an impossibly dangerous position. Then Elizabeth is introduced to Frederick of Bohemia, Elector Palatine. He's shy but they understand one another. She decides he will be her husband -- but her parents change their minds. Brutally denied Henry's support, how can Elizabeth forge her own future? At once a love story, a tale of international politics and a tremendous evocation of England at a time of great change, this is a landmark novel to thrill all lovers of fine historical fiction.

The Good Stuff
  • Wonderfully written
  • Intriguing characters
  • Emotions deftly written, you really feel as you can understand and feel her pain and loneliness
  • Fictional character of Tallie is fascinating
  • Historical facts/names/places done very well and done in such a way that it is easy to understand the who's, what's and where's. Let me tell you that is not an easy thing to do during this period of history
  • Very well researched
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Quite dry and repetitive at times
  • The small chapters done in the voices of other characters are distracting and in most cases, really unnecessary. The ones in Tallie's voice though are exceptional and add to the story
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Everywhere I looked, I began to see how sex ruled appetites, that thing I feared, the thing I had come to study. I saw it in the eyes of the leaning women and the strolling ones, and in the heaving shadows of the side streets."

"I began to wonder if the devil would be so bad after all" I said to Tallie. "So far as I can learn, he's neither Catholic or Protestant."

What I Learned
  • That I am happy not to be royalty. Being a Princess really sucks!
  • James the 1st of England was a royal prick and will not be winning any father of the year awards
  • Tons of fascinating historical information
Who should/shouldn't read
  • For lovers of historical fiction
  • not for those who need a lot of excitement. Probably not a great read for the beach
  • Great for those who are intrigued with minor and fascinating royals
3 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review

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