This review is from: Queen's Gambit (Hardcover)
This is a tale of Katherine Parr who was to become the sixth wife of Henry VIII.
It is very much a character based book and flows very well from person to person and chapter to chapter. I like the way the chapters have the place and date as their headings - you know exactly where you are in the story.
The book is written in quite a modern way without really using the style of language of the period. This works well, apart from the odd occasion when I feel the language becomes a bit sloppy and rather too modern - I couldn't see the characters using certain terms or phrases.
The story is very readable and keeps you moving swiftly along, wanting to know what happens to the characters next. The plot itself has plenty of tension, partly due to the Tudor story itself and partly due to Elizabeth Fremantle's embellishment of the facts. You get so wrapped up in the story she has woven you have to remind yourself that this is a novel and not the absolute truth!
It does lose its way slightly towards the end of the book, and there were certain little repetitions here and there which I thought were unnecessary - the reader really doesn't need things spelling out! But these are just niggles as I really rather enjoyed this novel and would certainly recommend it, both to lovers of historical fiction and to those who just enjoy a good yarn.