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on 21 August 2012
Very disappointing! I agree with another reader - once the Gunpowder Plot was finished nothing really happened. I read this book up to Chapter 15 and I am afraid this is where I left it. This is the first book by this author I have read and I won't be buying another one. I was hoping to have found another "Phillipa Gregory" but I haven't.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 August 2010
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Historical fictional drama with some factual background details. Richly explained scenes and characters bring the story to life and give greater depth to the emotions being played out. Though slightly confusing at times with the numerous sub-plots going on it was a very enjoyable read and one I have recommended to several friends.
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VINE VOICEon 16 August 2010
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Christie Dickason will probably never write a bad novel, and hopefully this is the closest things will ever come to being bad. The King's Daughter really isn't as good as her earlier work, and I actually found it rather dull and uninteresting. There is a distinct lack of character development that was so much in evidence in her previous novels. As far as I am concerned, Elizabeth, like many members of Royal families before or since, is a spoiled brat who accepts the trappings of her position, but doesn't want to live with the negative aspects. Yes, of course Royal daughters were expected to marry whoever brought the most power and wealth to the English throne. Thats precisely one of the reasons for the longevity of the English monarchy, and it's a pratice that carried on well into the 20th century. It's hard to feel sympathy for someone in such a priviledged position, bemoaning their fate, when the other 99.9% of the population were living in abject poverty and disease. As for her father being singled out as an unfeeling tyrant, well weren't most of the Kings of England? So, Elizabeth is a character (rather thinly drawn and bland) who I had little or no sympathy for. I found the book fairly hard going, and it is not a good starting point for anybody wanting to discover Christie Dickason's undoubted talents as a writer. Having said that, I doubt any writer could have done a better job with the subject matter. Thumbs down I'm afraid.
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VINE VOICEon 9 July 2010
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This is very much a voyage of discovery for a very young and innocent girl. Daughter of a paranoid king James (son of Mary queen of Scots), Elizabeth is, right at the beginning of the book, threatened with kidnapping which begins to open her eyes to the realities of her station. From then on, matters get worse as she does her best to keep her head attached to her shoulders and thwart her father's orders of keeping her absolutely ignorant about everything. This naturally leads to her being shoved into mental adulthood. She is a tool for everyone to use with no rights of her own regardless of being a princess and in the uncertainty that is her life, she tries to create some stability by making tentative friendships that have the potential to send her to the block.

Although the first few pages are barely entertaining, Elizabeth's life quickly turns into a gripping and heart-wrenching story in which love of any kind is hardly allowed. We find out right away that she lives with people completely unrelated to her and has very little contact with her direct family. She is shown to have surprisingly deep fears of those around her regardless of her potential power, but also a great resilience. Everyone is to be distrusted to a certain extent, but she learns to trust one person enough to go on daring, yet small adventures in the quest for knowledge about marriage and all it entails.
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