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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Century (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846058201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846058202
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 800,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Compelling, exotic and fast-paced: a wonderful story of love and death that transports you into a forgotten world" (Vanora Bennett)

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A thrilling, action-packed debut novel about one of history's forgotten queens

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By twilight heaven on 5 Mar. 2011
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Meg Clothier writes beautifully and with the ability to capture you at the very first page. I read The Girl King in two sittings, it has been a long time since my children and their appetites have been left wanting while I sit utterly engrossed in a novel! I enjoyed this book so much, the love story that weaves through it is heartwarming without being sentimental yet still managed to bring tears to my eyes on more than one occasion! You can't help but be drawn so completely into the story that you feel all the anguish and pain, excitement, betrayal and even the thrill of battle. Her writing is so expressive conjuring pictures in your mind that take you on Tamar's journey from beginning to end, I have already watched the film of this book in my head what a thrill it would be to see it on the big screen, we can only hope! I very much look forward to reading more of her work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Schneehase VINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2011
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Very good, well written account of a little-known Queen Regnant (with apologies to any Georgians living here). Tamar, Queen of Georgia from 1184 to 1213 has to be one of history's lesser known monarchs and what a shame as she lived a most exciting life and was extremely unusual in being a Queen regnant at a time when very few women were considered fit to rule. She was the oldest (possibly only) daughter of King Georgi and he named her as his heir after defeating his own nephew in battle. Tamar did have to deal with frequent challenges from a newly-forged nation not entirely happy with the idea of hereditary monarchy, let alone a female ruler. She was forced into accepting marriage with a `suitable' man but grew into her role as monarch and eventually ruled over a `golden era' in Georgia's history. This is not unlike our own Queen Elizabeth 1st, the female heir, constantly under siege to marry by her fractious courtiers and who also ruled over a `golden age'.
Meg Clothier has brought Tamar to feisty life without over-stepping the bounds of what was possible at the time the story is set. Checking her story out against the known facts, she has stuck pretty closely to what is known and has made a good attempt at filling in the bits that aren't known. I was very impressed by this book and look forward to reading more that she's written. If you like reading intelligently written historical novels and learning something you never knew before, I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cassie Davis on 22 Mar. 2011
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Meg Clothier writes in a beautiful way, and it really does captivate you from the first paragraph. At the end of each chapter you find yourself saying 'just one more chapter' and before you know it you have read 10 more than you had planned!

Based on historical facts and turned into a fantastic tale of love, war and betrayal. I felt poignant when I realised that I had read the last word. A brilliant way of finding out more about 12th century Georgian history.

A truly amazing read, and I fully recommend it to all! From historians to somebody who enjoys a good book!! A stunning first book, and I agree that it would make an amazing film.

Hope to see more from this author in the future, and if this happens then I know I will be more than willing to purchase it and experience this beautiful style of writing once more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KathJoy on 23 Mar. 2011
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The Girl King is an absolute delight, an incredible read that I urge everyone to buy and enjoy. It is without doubt the best book i've read in a long, long while and perhaps ever. As a sleep deprived mother with a toddler and small baby it takes alot to get me to read these days but i was absolutely gripped from page 1 of this book and simply couldn't put it down till the climactic end. The author's expressive writing creates such theatre of the mind that you are totally caught up in the world of 11th Century Georgia - you can see, hear, feel and almost smell everything that's going on - it's all consuming. The plot is rivoting - a roller coaster of battles, romance, friendship, honour, betrayal - all written in such a compelling and explosive way that you yearn for more. The book is also based on a true story so you are learning about history in the most exciting way. Meg Clothier has a real talent and i am already on the look out for her next novel - may it come soon. And can somebody please make The Girl King into a film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Millie Madgwick on 21 Mar. 2011
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I knew nothing about Georgia in the 12th century or any other time. What a fantastic introduction. It is really well written and sweeps you on with brilliant descriptions. Un-put-downable! Great heroine too. A real woman, head ruling her heart, making good decisions and not at all wet. And there's a good balance between action & more personal stuff. A great holiday read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Isabella on 14 April 2012
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I came across this while browsing in a bookshop on holiday. Neither the period nor the area was familiar to me and Meg Clothier has woven a fascinating tale around historical events. Even though Tamar's experiences are so distant from anything we will ever be faced with, she isn't a remote or unsympathetic character. Some scenes in the book are violent but not gratuitously so and the love story is touching and believable. Looking forward to her next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steamerduck on 26 April 2011
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Georgia is one of my favourite places on earth. I went on a fantastic hiking holiday there and love everything about the place (the food, the scenery, the hospitality...). I have also read lots about it which, I imagine, inspired the amazon recommendation gremlin to hawk me this book. And I was very pleased that it did.

The book moves at a cracking pace, but Clothier weaves in plenty of sharp/ funny observations which set it apart from the historical fiction pack. She also, by revealing her character's thoughts, fears and foibles makes her cast very real and all the more likeable for it.

Why only four stars? Perhaps I am being unfair but, for me, this wasn't quite in the league of Flashman and that is the standard against which such novels should be measured. However, I will certainly be looking forward to her next book.
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