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1.0 out of 5 stars Show don't tell!!!!!, 14 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: The White Queen (Paperback)
This book is incredibly poorly written. I have enjoyed a number of Gregory's other books and was very much looking forward to this and the rest of the series but this was such a disappointment. We rarely get to experience anything in this book, instead the narrative jumps to a point after the action and told what happened. Sentences are repeated and repeated throughout the book. We are told about what happened and how the characters reacted again and again.

I really enjoyed her Tudor novels, they painted such a great picture of the era. They were infused with atmosphere, I just flew through them. This book is devoid of any of that warmth and detail. It's been such a drudge to complete it.

Worst of all I had been even more eager to read The Red Queen than I was to read this. Now I shall be avoiding it.
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2011 22:01:49 GMT
ELIZA says:
The White Queen (Cousins' War Series 1)
I agree. This book was SUCH a disappointment. Too many repeated facts to fill pages... I won't be reading the rest of this trilogy. Gregory's books are usually brilliant.

Posted on 3 Jan 2014 10:16:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jan 2014 10:21:57 GMT
The White Queen (Cousins War 1) I agree with this review. In particular it felt as though the central character had initially been referred to in the third person. She, on three occasions, "spat like a cat" and, on one, recoiled like a person who has seen a snake where she had intended to put her hand, while her actual sensations prompting these reactions were left to the imagination. I suspected that the author had been subsequently advised, perhaps by her editor, to present the queen in the first person, and had altered some of her references to the protagonist's feelings later in the book, but had failed to make these alterations everywhere.

I also felt that the author had done less research on the domestic details of the period than of those recorded in public history, such as a total eclipse of the sun in 1485, which she does not fail to mention, without relevance to the story. While still living at her family home, Elizabeth gets one of her dresses out of a cupboard. However, "wardrobes as we know them today do not seem to be depicted with great regularity in medieval art and it is thought that general storage of linen and clothes was in large wooden chests" (ref. Rosalie Gilbert).

In general I experienced this account of a period of history as very modern, and having recently read Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, I missed the feeling of being immersed in that period.
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