Elizabeth, a stunning beauty, attracts the eye of the rising King Edward and sparks both romance and controversy. For while Edward wages war for his kingdom, Elizabeth mounts her battles at home in order to keep her family together and financially stable. Allegiances seem to collide like balls on a pool table as brothers turn on each other and cousins desert their family ties. As distrust and jealousies rise, so does the danger, but Elizabeth perseveres and when pushed too far, she utilizes the magical powers that her ancestors have passed on to her in order to save who she can save and avenge those who she cannot.
I have loved many of Gregory’s books – they are historical fiction books about the kingdom of England and have taught me much about how hard-won each kingdom has been. This book I found both beautiful and confusing; beautiful in the characters, who valued love and honor and loyalty to family, but confusing in that everyone had the same name! So many Henry’s and Georges and Edwards that it was hard to keep track of who was who. This of course not the fault of the author, but the fault of the royalty that the author was depicting – but confusing nonetheless.
It is still striking to me how unique democracy is and how we are fortunate to have routinely peaceful transition of power. There is not a bloody war every time a new ruler comes to power. And although I am horrified and mortified by our current administration – and I do doubt that our last election was won by honest means and not because of covert dealings and technological hacking by foreign powers – we do have to respect the power of the vote by the people of our country.
If you are a fan of Philippa Gregory – this book is for you!