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Product details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (21 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497386322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497386327
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I did enjoy this book! I may be biased: I love this period of history and enjoy reading fictional accounts about the era that explore thoughts and feelings and add flesh to the bones of characters I've come across in history books. This book did this for me and I really wanted to give it more stars.
I wouldn't question the author's wisdom in choosing the subject for this his second book. It is only surprising with all the recent crop of fiction on this era that one of the most important and colourful characters in any period of English history could have fallen below the radar of other more established authors currently 'turning medieval'. And it wasn't the typo errors, layout problems... the usual things that plague self-published books. I can live with that in small doses as here: fiction writers are employing the creative process after all, not the technical; and proofreaders and editors are restrictively expensive for most. I would rather have these books out with them than not at all, and it didn't spoil my enjoyment of this one.
But as I read on, I found I was making up for shortcomings in the plot with my own knowledge of the period. Far too many essential episodes in the history are missing here. The War of the Roses is a mind-boggling maze of political twists and turns and yes, it would be a challenge to write the missing episodes, even more so to sprinkle them about the text without the whole thing turning into an epic. But I found the central characters well-developed and with enough depth and potential to carry this off and if added the episodes would give substance and reason for the characters' actions and better engage the less-informed reader. It is a challenge that any author writing about the War of the Roses simply MUST face.
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I have read so much about the Great Kingmaker in other historical characters stories, but never just about him. I found this book interesting and easy to read. It retell his life from his birth to his tragic death. He came from what seemed to be a happy family, beloved parents and siblings. It all seemed to come apart when the jealousy of the council of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou became greedy and wanted all the power and refused to share any of it with the powerful York family. The friendships and love between the family were pulled apart. Then Edward IV made his own decisions about marriage and ruling the country to Warwick's detriment. Elizabeth Woodville married her huge family into all the aristocracy and never forgave Warwick for her father's and brother's death and was bent on revenge. Edward seemed quite happy to hand over all responsibilities to Elizabeth which annoyed and upset his family including Warwick. He seemed to just enjoy 'wine, women and song', once he was crowned King. He could have been a good king who reunited all the factions of his extended family, instead he opted out and died at a young age. Warwick obviously felt that he should have had some say in the running of the country whereas Elizabeth thought otherwise. A sad story that persisted into the next generation as well. Well done Mr. Riches for another good read.
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I enjoyed Warwick immensely, warming to the well portrayed character of Warwick himself. As a lover of history it was wonderful to be absorbed in a period I knew little of and the depth of Tony Riches' research shines through every page. I grew up in St Albans and felt ashamed that I was totally unaware of the battles which once raged there, and reading Warwick has prompted me to find out more.
It was the mark of a good teller of historical fiction that I was so absorbed with the story I felt an irrational annoyance of Warwick for changing sides so easily at the end and saddened by his demise ~ even though my rational brain kept saying, 'this is what actually happened!'
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I was slightly disappointed with the depth of this book. A lot of it was quite superficial and I never quite got to like Richard, Earl of Warwick. for someone who was apparently quite charismatic, this book failed to capture that. Nonetheless, it was quite a good light read.
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A well researched historical novel which takes the reader from the 21st century, back to the 15th century in quite a unique and at times a spine chilling way.

It has increased my understanding of the tensions and rivalries behind the Wars of the Roses and I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
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Another extremely good historical fiction. I have read historical accounts before and sometimes find I need to read over facts again to familiarize myself with historical characters. I found this book clearly defined the characters superbly and it didn't take me long to work out what each other was doing and their purpose during this turbulent period in history. There were so many revolts I can only admire how the author has told of these conflicts articulately and emotively as their is a lot going on during this period in England and France to understand. It could have been difficult to follow but I found the book flowed smoothly. Richard Neville, a Warwick who helped his cousin Edward become King was infuriated when he married Elizabeth Woodville.The relatives of Elizabeth were given more authority and this affected The Warwick line, wealth and assets and also his position in how the country was run. This caused Richard then having to try and dispose of Edward, by asking John his brother and George duke of Clarence his cousin to put Henry VI back on the throne who at this time is being held captive in the tower of London. George duke of Clarence and his army soon changes sides and joins Edward and his brother Richard duke of Gloucester and their armies after sensing defeat leaving John and Richard to fight a lost cause. They both end up mortally wounded in their final battle at Barnet. It was a very absorbing read and superbly told. Well worth buying, I have read two books now and they are Excellent.
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