Queens of Love and War
By Ellen Jones
Okay, now I know that I have too many books to read!! This is on my kindle and I think that I received it as a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, but it no longer shows up on my NetGalley account? Hmmm. Anyho, I read The Fatal Crown. This book was released last year 2013. I believe that I have read some of her other books, but I don’t recall which ones off-hand.
Against the seething political intrigues of twelfth-century Europe, two royal heirs will surrender to passion as they vie for the most glittering, treacherous prize of all: the English throne
At nine, Maud, an English princess, was sent to Germany to become the bride of the Holy Roman Emperor—a political alliance with a man her father’s age. At twenty-five, the widowed Maud must marry once again, this time to fourteen-year-old Geoffrey Plantagenet. But it is with Stephen of Blois, Maud’s fiercest rival for the British throne, that the headstrong princess discovers the true meaning of desire.
Stephen, a descendant of William the Conqueror, believes absolutely in his God-given right to rule. Torn between his illicit passion for Maud and his own towering ambition, he knows he must choose. Stephen’s decision will wrench him from the arms of the woman he loves, ignite civil war, and lead to a shattering act of betrayal that, decades later, will come full circle and change the course of English history.
I thought that this was a real page turner. I couldn’t put it down. A story of love and of hate and a family with its members uniting and separating depending on which way the politics blow. The components of a court and it’s corruption are all here. This book takes one back in time to another world. The characters seem real and the events are believable and the story is well written. I thought that this was packed with action and the chapters are short so the book went pretty fast.
I was a little surprised to see that there are mixed reviews for this book. I loved this book. I don’t care if this is historically accurate or not. It is fiction and it is a good story. If it was all factual then it would be non-fiction. This is the kind of book that I love. Not too much politics, a couple of little steamy sex scenes and a good story carrying through the background. Just enough details and descriptions are given so that you can envision things. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading the other two books soon!!!