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oh dear, oh dear - I was soooo looking forward to the last page
on 1 August 2008
The story of (bloody) Queen Mary is told from the perspective of a member of the entourage of her husband Philippe of Spain. This would have been a great tool to get to the very substance of the dramatic story of the life of this Queen.
I found this book a disappointment as both a historical and fictional novel. I do share the views of previous reviewers. The story never takes off, is erratic and just has no flow too it. The dialogues are very often strange, in tone too modern, without the subtleties of Royal Tudor court life and most of the entire book does not created the personalities in a a way that one gets an idea about them. Historic novels are a unique tool to approach a historic personality without being too much tied to the historic documents and give them life and flesh. Great historic novelist do that, Susannah Dunn unfortunately does not. She simply does not know how to write convincing and compelling historical fiction.
Her books "The Queen of Subtleties" and "The Sixth Wife" were disappointments and unfortunately she keeps in line with her previous book. I think that will be the last Dunn book I am going to read. As one says: Every book has a good page: the last one. Very true here.