|I read this a few years ago and I believe it's the first historical fiction book that really sparked my interest in this genre. Before this book I mostly read classics, romance, mystery, christian fiction and religious books. |
This is also the first book that intrigued me about the Tudors. Queen Elizabeth is one of the women I admire throughout history.
This is one of my favorite books. I've read this twice and enjoyed this story even more the second time I read it.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I wanted to go with Daniel to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and never come out. What a beautiful concept, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It makes you wonder if there really could be such a place. Just imagine!
This story , I think, is for everyone. It has everything you could want. If someone were to ask me what I thought of it. I would tell them they just need to read it and they will know.
At first I wasn't feeling the love story between Clair and Jamie. But it gradually grew on me. I'm not a big fan of time-travel fantasies. I did however enjoy this one. It was well written into the story. I like how clair wasn't going back and forth through time which drives me crazy to read.
There were lots of tedious details I felt that could have been left out. The story could have been shorten about two hundred pages as well. I did have some problems with the immoral content to the story. It was a hard pill to swallow. But I got through it. The graphic descriptions of Jamie's rape and torture was disturbing to my sensibilities. Something I could have done without.
Outlander is a remarkable book. But I must say....I have a love/hate relationship with this story.
Marie is torn between what her conscious dictates and being accepted by the French Court to living up to her mothers expectations. Her mother uses her children as political pawns and I felt deep sympathy for them.
Marie also struggles with building a relationship with her husband and trying to consummate their marriage. They're under a great deal of pressure to produce a male heir.
The story is rich in the culture and politics of that time. This story leaves you admiring and cheering for Marie Antoinette and Louis.
The Queen's Pawn is a story of Princess Alais of France who is sent to England to wed Prince Richard. Richard is the son of Henry the Second and Queen Eleanor. Princess Alais and Queen Eleanor quickly form a loving mother/daughter relationship. When Alais becomes of age she is swept up in court life. She becomes a strong women and Eleanor sees that as a threat, in my opinion. Although Eleanor loves her as a daughter, she betrays her. Alais wants revenge and she gets it! As the story unfolds she sees the error of her ways, she must make a choice. Will it be the right one? You will just have to read this book to find out! I highly recommend that you do.
Eleanor is now my favorite person of the middle ages. She was a courageous, strong-willed, and a powerful women. I was pretty amazed how she was able to keep her title and lands during and after her marriage to King Louis. That was uncommon during those times.
I also felt that Eleanor was brilliant how she maneuvered her way out of marriage to King Louis who was a weak King and easily manipulated by the Catholic Church. Although, I felt sorry for King Louis.He was a good man and I believed he truly loved Eleanor.
I'm really glad that Christy wrote about Eleanor's younger years before coming duchess and queen. I feel that it helped give you a clear picture of the women Eleanor would become.
Eleanor certainly beat the odds that were stacked up against her during those times.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I'm looking forward to reading Christy's next book, The Queen's Pawn.
This story is about William Marshal who was a fourth son of a minor aristocratic family who rose above his situation in life. William became a knight who served King Henry The Second, Eleanor Of Aquitaine and their sons during the twelfth century in England.
Chadwick begins this story with Williams childhood. Although, Chadwick immediately sweeps you into Williams Knighthood. The story of his childhood is lacking...but the character development is fascinating. The book is full of examples of William showing his loyalty to the royal family despite the opposition of others.
At the end of this book Chadwick leaves you wanting to know more about the life of William Marshal. This is definitely a book that I would want to pick up and read again sometime. I enjoy reading about the Middle Ages and this book is without a doubt one of the best stories that portrays Medieval Europe.