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Bit of a let down,
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This review is from: A Dangerous Inheritance (Kindle Edition)
This was not quite up to the standard of Weir's previous novels, which in turn are never quite as enjoyable as her non-fiction works, oddly (and in my opinion). Maybe I am just a bit Richard the third-ed out, currently watching The White Queen on BBC and have just finished reading a biography, so by the time I read this I was going over familiar territory, covering the wars of the roses and the mystery of the princes in the tower for the third time. So maybe my fault for buying so soon afterwards!
Alongside this though I felt the book was flawed. The idea of following two connected characters was nice, but the only way their real life stories were livened up were with drippy romances. I enjoyed the 16th century story more, no doubt because I knew nothing about Katherine Grey and was truly gripped. However the 15th century tale of Katherine Plantagenet was oddly lacking tension and seemed to plod along, but again this might be because I'd recently heard it all before. It was interesting to see the tale unfolding from her perspective as again I had no knowledge of her, but as this section was not written in the first person (which the later setting is) it lost its potency. In Weir's previous novels the main characters have always come alive through the narrative, so personally I think she should stick to this technique.
Sadly Katherine Grey came across as a bit unlikeable and, I hate to say it, selfish and a bit stupid! The other Katherine was portrayed as a drip. So neither of the heroines lived up to the hype of the story. And as for the story - the plot was enjoyable but ventured into very silly territory (you're imprisoned in the Tower of London where your sister was killed, you're in fear for your life so you decide to research a murder that had previously taken place there because you believe a locket you'd found is cursed. Not the best distraction I'd have thought). I'd expect this sort of thing from a first time keen amateur rather than a well established, highly thought of historian. The writing style is good however, with some very emotive passages. 2.5/5