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But since then I have read both positive and negative reviews regarding the 'Red Queen', and grew more and more nervous about beginning. S P O I L E R A L E R T! This review might contain spoilers for the books of the 'Red Queen' series. If you'd like to read about the first book, '. Red Queen book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The author of Alice takes readers back down the rabbit hole to a dark, t. Power is a dangerous game. This beautiful paperback box set includes the first two books in Victoria Aveyard's #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen. - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Series: Red Queen #1 Pages: Hardcover Summary: Red Queen is an interesting book about a society that.
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Red Queen does what I want a novel to do: get me to care. In the beginning, I was skeptical, in the middle, I was dazzled, and by the end, I couldn't put it down, and now, I'm eager to read the rest of the series.
I consider it similar to other YA fantasy I like. Answer: Mare can create and manipulate electricity.
She has a Silver's powers and red blood, making her something that's neither one and more powerful than a Silver. Because the Silvers can only manipulate something that already exists.
Her power is special because she can create electricity as well as manipulate it. Answer: It has a very strong beginning.
I also liked when Mare was first getting used to palace life while pretending to be a Silver. I guess I'm a sucker for the "training montage" parts of everything.
Question: When did you first realize you the author of this article wanted to be a writer? Answer: It's hard to pinpoint an exact moment but I always enjoyed books from a very young age.
I think in elementary school, I knew I liked making up stories and sharing stories and drawings with others. She's trying to undermine the silvers, but she is forced to go along with them for a while because it would be so easy for them to either kill her, lock her up forever as a prisoner, or mind-control her to get her to do what she wants, if she doesn't comply or appear to comply willingly with the whole "pretend to be a silver princess" thing.
I mean, it's not realistic nor is it as interesting to have a strong protagonist who's equally strong in all situations - Mare was way over her head there, going from never having seen a silver up close to having to pretend to be one, over night.
It's kind of similar to the criticism of Sansa in 'Game of Thrones', like why wasn't she stronger, well even strong people can be simply outgunned, for a while, and forced to at least pretend they want to cooperate with their enemies.
Sansa wanted to sneakily undermine the Lannisters while pretending to be a good little hostage, and she saw that not playing the game meant being beheaded.
Which would probably also make Robb furious, making him do something tactically stupid out of anger. So I can kind of get that Mare is similar to this situation.
She's angry at the silvers, but expressing that anger will just get her killed. I think it takes a lot of strength to do that, to pretend to be happy to dine with your enemies.
I do think that there are flaws in 'The Red Queen' but I think they mostly have to do with poor world-building. I mean, it just seems like the author made up war and oppression for the sake of creating conflict, but the war doesn't make a lot of sense.
Maybe it's explained later in the series, but wars are messy, expensive, and disrupt commerce, so they don't tend to last very long.
Let alone for generations. Mare just seems like a typical YA protagonist type like I said in the article. She is kind of predictable.
I do want to finish 'Glass Sword' at some point. I think there's enough charm in the story, but it is kind of more plot-focused than character-focused.
A lot of the characters are kind of boring. But I like that 'Glass Sword' expands on Farley's background more, so she isn't just a one-dimensional "brooding tough chick" character.
Maybe Mare develops more throughout the series though, as she learns things. I see what you're saying about the plot but when it comes to the characters I'll have to disagree.
I've never been so frustrated with a book's characters than I've been with the characters of Red Queen. I hadn't given much thought to why I typically crave bloodthirstiness from my heroines.
Previously, when it was an issue, it was in regards to only two types of characters: those who stepped up, and those who didn't.
Turns out there's a third type. She who makes the hard decision: "Are you with us, Mare Barrow? More war, more death , Cal said.
But there's a chance he's wrong. There's a chance we change it. My fingers tighten, holding on to Will. I can feel the weight of my action, the importance behind it.
I remember the words and speak with them. Dithers over that decision: "Children. And a husband, and a son, and a grandson, and maybe an uncle and a nephew, too.
Then sticks her head in the sand like a fraking ostrich after the decision is carried out: All together, twelve died last night, but I refuse to learn their names.
I can't have them weighing on me. I've said before that if you're going to be an assassin, you need to own it. I'm adapting that statement: if you're going to kill someone for the "greater good," you need to be decisive about it.
And if you're having legitimately conflicted thoughts, then maybe you shouldn't be killing anyone. You don't go all Scarlett O'Hara and say, "I'll think about that tomorrow.
And Mare Barrow makes an equally terrible freedom fighter. She's this BAFFLING combination of ruthlessness, pragmatism, compassion, self-entitlement, and poor self-esteem that causes her to constantly second guess herself.
Beyond that. I'm not sure how down I am with the cause. But my reasons for being uncomfortable were totally different than Mare's, so instead of bonding with her, I wanted to smack her.
Sometimes MCs make mistakes. They're supposed to learn from those mistakes--that's what humanizes them, that's what spurs character growth--but Mare never takes a hard look at herself.
Then there's if you haven't started noticing it already the melodrama: My hands wipe at my eyes, though my tears are long lost in the rain, leaving behind only an embarrassingly runny nose and some black makeup.
Thankfully, my silver powder holds. It's made of stronger stuff than I am. Then comparing herself. But this one's my favorite: "I wish things were different," he whispers, but I can still hear him.
The words take me back to my home and my father when he said the same thing so long ago. So long ago? To think that Cal and my father, a broken Red man, can share the same thoughts makes me pause.
Me, I friggin' love tacos. It is a small world. I don't hate all love triangles. When they don't get ridiculous, sometimes I even like the tension they create.
There is something inherently sordid about messing around with brothers. It's tacky. Don't do it. But know that as well as being melodramatic and a coward, Mare Barrow is also self-centered, irrational, AND inconsistent.
If you really want to hear me rant some more, I'll spoiler tag it in my Goodreads review. Not recommended. Starting where I left off: view spoiler [ Self-centered: The biggest gripe the Reds have with the Silvers is that when they turn eighteen, if they don't have a job and jobs are few and far between they are conscripted into the army.
The Silvers have been at war for over years, and the Reds have always been their cannon fodder.
Fairly early in the book, Mare finds out that her favorite brother of three was executed as a deserter of this army. She is understandably wrecked.
When the brother of her biggest rival is one of the Silvers marked for assassination, Mare observes the two clearly close siblings, and thinks: " If all goes to plan, he'll never hug his sister again.
Evangeline will have lost a brother, just like me. Even though I know that pain firsthand, I can't bring myself to feel sorry for her.
Especially not with the way she holds on to Cal. But that's nothing compared to when she wakes up in a prison cell with Cal after they've been wrongfully arrested for the murder of the king.
Cal learns that his evil stepmother the queen used her mind control power to make his mother kill herself. His evil stepmother the queen uses her mind power to make Cal unsheathe his father's sword and use it to behead him.
His father. Cal beheads him. His brother Maven stands there and watches. And Mare's first thought? Maven has betrayed me. No, he was never on my side at all.
The second Maven showed up to meet the Red Guard along with Mare, I not only doubted his sincerity, but I also predicted that the whole thing had been orchestrated by his mother in a plot to get him on the throne in place of Cal.
The only things I didn't get with pinpoint accuracy were that Shade Mare's brother was the lone survivor from the 27 suspicious cremations--I thought all of them were together somewhere, either being experimented on by Silvers or that they were already with the Red Guard--and I thought Kilorn was also an Extra based on Mare's comments about his super-sneakiness.
Actually, I still think Kilorn's going to be an Extra. Moving on. Irrational: My teeth grind together, chewing on the words before I can spit them out.
Don't fault him for it. Those "war books" and "death guides"? Of course he studies battles and tactics, you ridiculous harpy.
And when Cal is furious about not being able to fight his own battles: "I'm a soldier," Cal spits, shrugging away from his brother's touch.
I won't do it. It makes me sick. I don't speak, letting the diplomatic Maven talk for me. He always knows what to say. Do you see why it was so easy to predict the outcome of this little shindig?
Inconsistent: "He thinks speeches are a waste of time. Cal likes action, not words. Maybe once I thought so, but not now. Not ever again.
Her entire thought process there is mind-boggling. Then several pages later: And as much as I hate to admit it, I can't blame Cal for feeling caught between two worlds.
After all, so am I. View all comments. Masha I liked your review! It was kind of funny too! Niharika Malego This review was more entertaining than the book lmao and i agree with so many things you just said.
I literally had to close the book when Mare though This review was more entertaining than the book lmao and i agree with so many things you just said.
Sep 18, Rachel E. Now to my actual thoughts on this book. Not going to lie. Cal — Shame on you, you hot beautiful prince, you.
I know you are supposed to come off as this nice guy but before Maven turned out to be evil I seriously did not like you.
That said I still loved your romance scenes and I do like you. I will admit to my sickness. Maven, Maven, Maven.
Hello Darkling meets Joffrey. Kind of like Malfoy with a heart. But strangely enough I enjoyed it. It played out to my guilty pleasure side.
I loved them both. And he's going to war. We all secretly love them. That part annoyed me to no end because while I was down with instalike I was not down with instalove and I did not interpret Cal as that much of an idiot.
Thank the gods that turned out not to be true. Instead I gained so much more for him standing up to her and turning her in.
Way to go, Cal!!! The brother Shade. That twist annoyed me. And helloooo Darkling aka Maven. His eyes are so cold. Because he is her son.
Because this was her plan all along. Jul 28, Emily May rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy , young-adult , arc , I just It was boring, light and silly, and I'm pretty sure I've already read the basic premise of this book in Pierce Brown's Red Rising.
When you're reading a book and you reach a point where you think "is it too soon to DNF this? It's so sad, though, because everything about The Red Queen wa I just It's so sad, though, because everything about The Red Queen was just screaming "love me, Emily!
It's not because of the love triangle, either. I've said before that an author can easily sell me a well-executed love triangle - so nope, it wasn't that.
Let me tell you a sad little truth about this book and I can take it straight from the blurb: Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale That's an odd mash-up to use in your marketing anyway.
Like Gone Girl meets Twilight or something similar. Maybe it comes later There was way too much of The Selection 's mean girl antics to make this book interesting.
The part of this book I read was sooooo slooooow. Painfully slow. We're introduced to a world that had potential but remained incredibly basic, bringing nothing particularly new to the table.
There are two kinds of people in this world - Silvers and Reds. The former are the ruling class, have silver blood, and sometimes possess special abilities like mind control and elemental manipulation.
The Reds are a slave class who are ruled over by the Silvers and live in poverty. Mare is a Red who, in unexpected circumstances, discovers that she has powers of her own.
In order to keep an eye on her and learn more about the powers she possesses, she is disguised as a Silver and trained within the Silver palace.
All the other women in the novel instantly hate her usually for no good reason and all the men see sunshine radiating out of the pores of her skin metaphor for "cue love triangle".
His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it.
The Reds are humanity's last hope. Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds.
A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour , to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school , intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.
Of course, there's a revolution brewing in both books too. And both main characters pretend to be members of the other class. I mean This book was a constant showdown between the innocent MC and the bitchy mean girl and her gang of mean girls.
And I'm sure Evangeline's meanness is going to be used as an excuse for Mare to run off with Cal and not lose any sleep over it.
Maybe not The main problem for me was that the revolution and the bigger war going on between the Silvers and Reds wasn't given enough attention. I felt like the plot relied on the romantic aspect and the angst to propel it along.
Neither of which I cared about. Farley scoffs. I can't believe this. When Farley turns to him, looking for some kind of support, she finds none. Actual rating : 1.
Now, as bland and hollow as they are, I still don't understand what they see exactly in Mare but who am I to judge? Guess what?
I'm not finding any redeeming quality in you either. Evangeline : "From the way her fingers tighten, I can tell she wants nothing more than to wrap her hands around my throat.
Their smiles are fake and cold, just like their eyes. For fuck sake. We will never see men doing that in books and that's what sickens and maddens me.
It spreads the message that we women are sly and hateful. Oh but wait! This is by far the most widespread stereotype about women. Women authors, I'm not thanking you.
Say the girl who didn't like Red Rising, though. Red as the dawn. Never seen this before. B-bu-but nothing happens! The Queen can read minds but OMG she can't guess anything?
That ending though. Too bad I don't care about any of the characters. Waste of my time. Oh and you people! I would so love to see that! Sep 25, Miranda Reads rated it did not like it Shelves: ya-series , dumpster-fire , dystopian-us , literally-painful-to-read , mary-sue-i-will-kill-you , audiobook.
You know that feeling when you read a particularly bad YA and you just have to set down the book and ask, why? Why in the world did someone give the ok to publish this mess?
Why are the characters so effing dumb? Why did I even pick this book up? This happens on average once per YA book for me This book had me questioning everything WHY is everything always Mare's fault?
Her sister getting caught for stealing? Tot You know that feeling when you read a particularly bad YA and you just have to set down the book and ask, why?
Totally Mare's fault. Rebel uprising? Totally on Mare's shoulders. Causing countless deaths on account of her misguided sense of justice?
Wait, yeah, that one is actually on her There is a difference between taking responsibility for your actions and squeezing out every last ounce of sympathy for your main character.
This is a case of the latter. WHY is everything repeated three times? Is there a word count limit Aveyard was building to?
Did someone regift a thesaurus to her last Christmas? If so, why can't she find any synonyms for Red as the Dawn? That bloody crimson freaking dawn was the bane of my existence.
WHY is there so much angst?? There's excusable teenage angst It's like, come on, they Mare's captors literally made Mare read one paragraph of propaganda in exchange for letting her marry the hot prince.
WHY are first fridays even mentioned at all?? It's like Aveyard was like, "Let's throw in a bit of Hunger Games" but then her editors said, "Sorry, there's a whole series about that.
WHY did I pick up this book? Don't actually have a good reason other than a friend said they thought it was terrible and wanted my opinion.
Guess we figured out that Audiobook Comments The reader really embodied Mare, which made listening to this book really terrible. Every whine was emphasized, ever pout was pouted I ended up listening to this one on 1.
View all 92 comments. I want to make it clear that I know this book does not have the most original concept and it also uses a lot of tropes, but I still had such a fun time reading it.
I love the characters and the shock factor and the world. I can't wait to give Gla this was a re-read for me.
I can't wait to give Glass Sword a go and see where Victoria Aveyard takes this story. View all 18 comments. Oct 22, Jesse JesseTheReader rated it really liked it.
This was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed this crazy adventure of a book. I will say though that it did take a bit of time for me to really get into this book.
I also felt the world is still a bit underdeveloped for my liking, but I'm hoping that I gain a better understanding for everything in the sequel.
Other than that such an exciting read, full of twists and turns that will leave you flailing all over the place! That plot twist though That betrayal though View all 75 comments.
Plus, it would be interesting to see how the author imagined her world-building, for I had trouble visualising it while reading.
Basically, the author created her own world — which is admirable — melding Dystopia and High Fantasy as genres.
The result is pretty impressive, let me tell you. It was relatively easy to immerge into the storyline. Really, I stand by my claim that this will make a successful movie.
Now we just have to wait and see. Mare — the heroine — is incontestably fearless, rather reckless, badass enough but… not a ruler born.
She wants the best for her people and tries to free them with as much power as she can muster, but her taking rash important decisions draws affliction to her person and people around her.
A lot. If becoming a queen is her destiny, then she requires some character development. We could make a great team, heh, the two of us!
You know what? There is a love triangle — almost… square? It made sense and, here and there, was actually strategic.
Oh, manipulation corners every chapter. Red Queen deserves everything it acquired thus far: thousands of five-star ratings and reviews from readers of all over the world, a discernable tremendous hype that got to me with much force and… its standing as 1 New York Times Bestseller!
I'm sure it's great if you liked Red Rising. I did not like Red Rising. I hated the main character. Stupid, selfish, destructive brat intent on destroying the lives of her loved ones with all the makings of a special snowflake.
I cannot stand selfishness when it involves harming the lives of innocents. I can't tolerate this character. I can't finish this book.
It's been a month since I tried to read on and it's just pointless. View all 48 comments. View all 14 comments. Jun 30, Steph Sinclair rated it really liked it Shelves: release , i-totally-saw-that-coming , ebook , fantasy , edelweiss , awesome , young-adult , harpercollins , reads , action-packed.
It's like an X-Men dystopia stuck in a high fantasy world on crack. Look, guys, don't worry about the love triangle. Actually, calling it a love triangle is very spoilerish and I wish I could further calm your feels, but alas, you must read it for yourself.
Immensely loved this with very minor reservations and I can't wait for book 2! Full review to come! View all 33 comments. I enjoyed reading it, but it was so similar to many other YA books that it's not memorable.
That was an intense book and I really enjoyed it! I am a sucker for superpowers and this book had such a cool variety of them! I was so into this book that I stayed up very, very late two nights in a row so I could see what happened next.
It was a little predictable at times and I can see why people say that it's really similar plot-wise to a couple of other books, but I still liked it very much!
I just want a little more world building and a little more romance I'm always going to vote for more romance, to be honest , but I'm almost positive that that will all happen in the next book!
Also, I really want a map for the world! I feel like that would be such a cool addition to the book. View all 21 comments. Feb 16, Sana rated it it was ok Shelves: boring-af , kill-this-character-pls , i-dont-get-the-hype , literal-garbage , romance , young-adult , dystopian , fantasy , pukeworthy-romance , cut-my-left-nut-off-instead.
Red Queen? I wish I kept putting this book off until I eventually died someday. I would have been saved from the incredible fucking boredom and dumb ass characters.
Actual footage of me crying because I wasted three days on this book when I could have been reading good quality smut: Okay, but why was this book so long???
I feel like it could have been cut down by pages instead of fucking dragging to a disappointing and predictable ending.
Guys, the Red Queen? Guys, the writing it's so tedious, slow, dull, monotonous and slow and uneventful and tbh at this point I'd rather sit down and sing the Barney theme song which is fucKing lit by the way over and over again till someone finds me dead in my room.
Here's a concept: everyone dies in this book and Barney rules the kingdom because he will be everyone's friend!!!!
How am I supposed to take her seriously when I always think of a horse whenever someone says her name. And she's just so dumb?? And annoying?? Cal is also dumb and annoying and has no personality whatsoever.
His death would also be appreciated. And Maven??? I hope he finds Mare and Cal and then kills them and then rules ruthlessly, have a good day.
I want to feed them to sharks. BR with this smexy beast. Like literally everyone has read this except me??? Skip to Content. Parents' Ultimate Guide to Support our work!
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March 7, My heart melted. I don't get affected by books that much Well for starters I cried like a big baby. I loved it soo much I did't want to let go of it.
Maven is everything I expected although I didn't think it would be him to do what he did. You need to read this book.
It's amazing, and so powerful. It has a little cusing, but I mean come on it's not like people don't hear on a day to day basis.
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For the first novel in a series, Red Queen is a fantastic debut which makes me extremely enthusiastic about the rest of the books to come.
The character of Mare was such a joy to discover and unravel. She was so much more than what she seemed at the beginning, and I honestly had to stop a few times whilst reading and whisper into the night 'I freaking love this girl, all hail the Red Queen'.
Amazing world building. Snarky characters. Fearless plot twists. Epic fight scenes seriously, some of the best I've read to this day.
If you still need persuading, which I highly doubt, but hey, I'm not you so I'll take that into account, there is nothing like this out there at the moment.
Red Queen is a unique blend of genres, and creates a concept which will make some of you hardcore fantasy fans weep with joy. If you're going to pick up a book, pick this one up.
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Jan 07, James rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-historical-fiction , 3-multi-book-series , 1-fiction. Blood Red! Who was she? Another strong contender in this series.
I am really excited with the different characters and the connections across the books. Margaret is a fascinating historical figure But now in this book, dedicated to her, it's a whole different thought process.
And she was the mother of a king. How could she sit on the side for 20 years and just wait for it to Blood Red! How could she sit on the side for 20 years and just wait for it to happen?
What a wonderful women full of so many facets of good and perhaps a little bit of evil, in my opinion. Too many lines change over the course of her history, yet she always rises to the top.
And to think she was a widow before most girls even go to high school these days. This is a strong and powerful story. About Me For those new to me or my reviews I write A LOT.
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Many thanks to their original creators. View all 8 comments. Margaret Beaufort is deeply pious, and she has spent many years paying for the return of the house of Lancaster.
An unshakable faith in victory She is characterised ver Margaret Beaufort is deeply pious, and she has spent many years paying for the return of the house of Lancaster.
An unshakable faith in victory She is characterised very well and written superbly. However, her narrative is somewhat unsympathetic and joyless. The character is simply who she is.
This makes reading her story a little taxing and little frustrating. She just has no doubts that Henry will be King; she cannot consider for a moment that the house of York will triumph.
Margret Beaufort is a horrible protagonist; she is religiously obsessed, cold and just plain mean; her devout nature did effect my enjoyment of this novel.
They could have lost. Perhaps she had planned something else to sever the White Rose forever. It just seemed like there was a fifty percent chance of her victory, so perhaps she knew something the reader did not.
Did she do it? I love the way Gregory plants just enough evidence to point the finger at almost every major character regarding the princes in the tower.
She leaves the whole affair open to reader interpretation, but without providing enough evidence to flat out accuse someone.
I think this part of the series has been devised very well, and kept me drawing my own conclusions. What did Richard have to gain?
Only less heirs and hatred, it seems like a poor reason to murder. I much preferred The White Queen to this novel. The Cousin's War Series 1.
The White Queen- A strong four stars 2. The Red Queen- A fair three stars 3. The Lady of the Rivers- A Margretless four stars View all 6 comments.
Sep 23, Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , historical-fiction. Now is the Spring of this woman's discontent Cause, I mean, talk about bitter!
In Philippa Gregory's The Red Queen the prominent historical figure from the War of the Roses period and eventual mother of King Henry VII, Margaret Beaufort is portrayed as one who felt God had destined her for a higher calling, of which she was robbed, and for which she was forever after embittered.
The story follows Margaret from when she was a little girl daydreaming about becoming the next Joan of Arc, an Englis Now is the Spring of this woman's discontent The story follows Margaret from when she was a little girl daydreaming about becoming the next Joan of Arc, an English version of the virginal saint.
Historical fiction writer and avid researcher Gregory gives us a probable glimpse into what it might have been like to be a very young, very highly placed lady within the court of England during the 15th Century.
A very young lady who is contracted to marriage before she can speak, who is married off by the age of 12 to a man twice her age and who is made to give birth - preferably to a male heir - by the tender age of 13, there is no place in such a girl's life for dreams of Joan of Arc.
While the crux of the story hinges upon the trials of Margaret, it is the War of the Roses, fought between the Houses of Lancaster and of York that moves the action forward in this tale.
Without the war, the narrative would bog down into a long-winded list of Margaret's complaints. At times they take a tiresome turn nonetheless.
However, Gregory does do an excellent job of building characters, whether it be the complex Margaret or the light but exacting hand with which the author draws up more two dimensional players.
You may remember Richard is not portrayed kindly in the play. In fact, because of that play he is often lumped in with some of the more reviled historical figures ever to soil the Earth.
In The Red Queen Richard is given somewhat of a reprieve. Don't get me wrong, you'll still be rooting against him, however, Gregory removes some of the heavy load of pure evil that Shakespeare dumped upon his poor, humped back.
Speaking of dual natures, Margaret herself is not always seen in the best of lights. As a story's heroine, there are times where she is hardly likable.
Kudos to Gregory for maintaining character, and thus story, integrity. Tell it like it is and let the chips fall where they may!
Sometimes that makes for the best fiction, and The Red Queen , as a historical fiction, definitely ranks right up there! Rating: 4. View all 10 comments.
Sep 15, Patricia rated it it was amazing. When I read the reviews and everyone hated this book, I had to read it. As it turns out, everyone hates the heroine, but I didn't.
I felt sorry for her, and I had to laugh at her self-absorption and self-vindication, but this is a girl raised to believe that blood lines matter, and that her only possible contribution is as a brood mare.
She is married twice with no say in the matter; her last marriage she negotiates for herself. I appreciate this book.
I appreciate the hard work and research Greg When I read the reviews and everyone hated this book, I had to read it.
I appreciate the hard work and research Gregory had to put into writing it as accurately as possible. I appreciate the thought she had to put into it figuring out what her motivations might have been, and making them plausible.
There were times Gregory had me laughing - this woman prays for everything, but also interprets God's will always with an eye to her advancement, and the kingship of her son.
This is a very complicated time in English history, the Cousins Wars, sometimes called the War of Roses. Kings weren't kings for very long, and sometimes they were king and then not and then king again.
It would be a terrible time to be a noble, who do you support? Especially when the penalty for choosing wrong can mean loss of your head, not to mention all your hereditary titles and lands?
This is a book about the exercise of power, and the exercise of power from a position of powerlessness. Gregory lays out the problems women have at this time.
Few educate women beyond religious works and embroidery skills. Not that many people can read, so why waste the skill on a woman? And once you give a woman a little book-learning, why maybe she will get ideas beyond her station, know what I mean?
Oh aarrgh! All three books in the Cousin's War series weave together, and should be read in close succession.
The Lady of the Rivers and The White Queen feature more likable women, but all deal with women and power and the risks they take exercising that power.
While Jaquetta and Elizabeth are beautiful, golden and charming, Margaret is persistent and adaptable, and she prevails.
I don't like her, but I like this book. View 2 comments. Feb 13, Iset rated it it was ok Recommends it for: People who want a light, breezy read rather than something meatier.
Shelves: medieval-agetoce-fiction. I was surprised, but I actually ended up liking this novel a shade better than "The White Queen".
There's much less of the Melusina magic, which I really felt was used too much as a deus ex machina in "The White Queen".
The relationship with Jasper Tudor, although completely fictional, was intriguing and even more so because I knew it could never truly be realised.
The one-liners here and there. I actually liked Margaret's steadfastness and singlemindedness, and whilst her ruthlessness is shocki I was surprised, but I actually ended up liking this novel a shade better than "The White Queen".
I actually liked Margaret's steadfastness and singlemindedness, and whilst her ruthlessness is shocking to modern sensibilities at the same time I didn't feel like it was out of place in the brutal Medieval world in which Margaret moved.
At points, Margaret is downright mean, however whilst I didn't like her mean actions I could still understand what drove her to them, the pride and jealousy that she harbours.
That said, the book had its problems. One problem was the sheer repetition. This seems to be a consistent problem throughout many of Gregory's books — Elizabeth Woodville has her legend of Melusina, Mary Queen of Scots has her "I am three times a queen", Catherine Howard has her "Let me see, what do I have now" Margaret Beaufort has an obsession with Joan of Arc.
Margaret Beaufort was a pious woman, we know this from history. Gregory feels the inexplicable need to demonstrate this by giving her character an obsession with Joan of Arc, and then repeatedly drumming this into us throughout the book.
Give your readers a little credit and stop repeating things like this. Moreover, the Joan of Arc stuff isn't the only repetition you'll encounter in the book.
Characters who should be on close terms with one another call each by full name and title, just in case we've forgotten who they are for the past pages or so.
Occasionally some spelling and grammatical errors have crept in - which wouldn't be worth mentioning except they unfortunately change the meaning of the whole sentence - and here and there I stumbled across some strange sentences which just sounded clunky and poorly constructed, though this is not the first time I've noticed this in Philippa Gregory's works.
I felt like Gregory should have chosen a perspective and stuck with it all the way through. Personally I think third person works best for historical fiction, since it covers so many events that one person alone is rarely present at for all.
However, probably my biggest gripe with this book was the fact that Gregory never comes to grips with the real meat of the history.
This is actually a complaint about all of her books as this is another feature which plagues her writing consistently. The historical events feel glossed over with a broad brush and largely trivialised, reduced to a ten person cast and all the social complexity of who is friends with whom, ignoring the wider picture and the larger issues behind conflicts.
Many of the momentous events which make up the most exciting happenings of whichever period Gregory is writing about are related in past tense and they occur offstage, and we are told about them in a sentence or two.
This is a huge let down as a reader, as these moments are the turning points of their day, exciting events of truly huge significance.
This first example comes from page of the edition I read no spoilers, this is known historical fact : "Amazingly, Edward gets to London without a single obstacle in his path, the gates are thrown open for him by the adoring citizens, and he is reunited with his wife, as if he had never been chased from his own land, running for his life.
Yet, Gregory summarises them in a single sentence which glosses over all this, and worse it all occurs offstage and we never get to see any of these thrilling events!
The following quote comes from page of the edition I was reading: "News comes in snippets from the outside world, carried by housemaids as gossip from the market.
Richard declares that the marriage between the queen, Elizabeth Woodville, and King Edward was never valid as Edward was pre-contracted to another lady before he married Elizabeth in secret.
He declares all their children bastards and himself as the only York heir. What do we get? A summary that greatly simplifies and glosses over events.
The biggest disappointment of all is the Battle of Bosworth Field. Here Gregory finally has to bite the bullet and write it in real time in order to give her story some sort of climax What I felt was overwhelmingly disappointment that such a great historical moment, on which virtually everything hinged for the two opposing leaders, could be so thoroughly screwed up.
How can you screw up writing the Battle of Bosworth Field? I so wanted to give this book 3 stars out of 5, as there were a number of things about it which I did like and enjoy, but I have to concede that the number of problems outweighs the good points, meaning I can't in all honesty give it more than 2 stars If there was an option to award half stars I might well be using it right now.
Even though I so wanted this novel to be better than it was, let's face it, in the end this is lightweight historical fiction, this is the Wars of the Roses Lite.
Nov 16, Robin rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction. I have no idea if Margaret Beaufort was as she is depicted by Gregory, but her fictional alter ego is the most unlikeable person that I have come across in a novel in years.
The first-person narrative gave little escape from this fanatical and self-absorbed woman. Henry Tudor's ascension to the throne as Henry VII is a a fascinating and unlikely story, but neither mother, the true believer in his destiny despite its apparent impossibility, nor Henry VII whom I am more familiar with historically I have no idea if Margaret Beaufort was as she is depicted by Gregory, but her fictional alter ego is the most unlikeable person that I have come across in a novel in years.
Henry Tudor's ascension to the throne as Henry VII is a a fascinating and unlikely story, but neither mother, the true believer in his destiny despite its apparent impossibility, nor Henry VII whom I am more familiar with historically are going to win any warmth of personality awards.
Margaret Beaufort had a rough life in many ways, and maybe her single-minded devotion to see her son, a virtual stranger, on the English throne as the last of the Lancasters is admirable at times, but neither of these characters have personalities that make for good company page after page after page, and Gregory does little but give a superficial understanding of who they were or why Jasper Tudor or anyone else would love Margaret.
I found the character studies limited with no reward for my perseverance in finishing the novel. View all 12 comments.
Sep 26, BAM The Bibliomaniac rated it really liked it Shelves: british-historical-fiction , series-have-read , own. Audiobook Nov 14, Sarah rated it really liked it.
Historical fiction is a passion of mine and I personally think that Philippa Gregory is one of the masters of the genre.
I always find her books to be so well researched that as a reader you feel like you are experiencing that particular time first hand. This is the second book in the new cousins war series and I did find this novel hard going at first but after the first 50 pages I found myself completely absorbed in this novel and felt like I was there watching events unfold in front of my eyes Historical fiction is a passion of mine and I personally think that Philippa Gregory is one of the masters of the genre.
This is the second book in the new cousins war series and I did find this novel hard going at first but after the first 50 pages I found myself completely absorbed in this novel and felt like I was there watching events unfold in front of my eyes.
The same time frame of The White Queen is used in this novel and at first I was skeptical and did not think it would work. However I felt it worked well within the context of the novel and really seemed to link the first and second book in the Cousins was series.
Margaret Beaufort is not the easiest of characters to like and I did find in places that I wanted to escape from the first-person narrative in places.
However once I finished The Red Queen and I was reflecting the character of Margaret Beaufort I actually found myself liking the character and I think the harshness of her characters adds a lot of charm and authenticity to the novel.
Overall I found The Red Queen to be a well researched novel that took you into the heart of the beginning of Tudor England. It is not my favourite Philippa Gregory novel however it does show why she is considered one of the masters of the genre.
May 03, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: world-book-night-books. This is the second book from this author I've read.
I got it cheap with the Daily Mail in duty free and I see why. I was shocked at Gregory's choice of using the same time frame as The White Queen, although she included the story of Magaret from when she was 7 the main story line was the same, revolving around the same events.
Since you knew what was going to happen next and who was true and who wasn't Gregory destroyed her best assesst, intrigue.
You could skip chapters I wouldn't but the I got it cheap with the Daily Mail in duty free and I see why. You could skip chapters I wouldn't but the possibility is there and still understand what was going on.
As to narrative Gregory stuck to repeating the same things 1 How much of a whore, witch and beautiful Elizabeth Woodville was 2 It is God's will that her son be King 3 She is destined to be Joan of Arc like This got really reaaaaallllllllyyy boring after a while, I kept going because I thought it would get better, sadly mistaken.
Magaret was a stuffy, over-religeous, greedy,patronising,obsessed woman and as much as Gregory tried to make her slightly positive with her comparision of the inspiration of Joan of Arc she couldn't disguise it.
I didn't, in fact couldn't like her and therefore didn't enjoy the book. If you don't like the main character you are gonna be hearing a lot about somone you hate and where's the fun in that?
As ever it was well-written, but this is now expected from Gregory so overall, worth a read if you are going to keep going with the series but otherwise not worth it really.
View 1 comment. He dies soon after that but manages to get her pregnant before that. After her son Henry is born, Margaret devotes her life to get him on the throne.
By page 60 I just wanted to stab her. I read that way many times. I think the book suffer from first person narrative. Margaret spends most of her time in the countryside and much of the happenings must be told in letters.
Dec 12, Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves: never-read-again. Margaret Beaufort is a horrible, selfish woman who thinks of no one but herself. God she angered me so much!!
I've never read a character who I have wanted to punch more than her. It is all about her, her rise, her power because she was destined for greatness and she doesn't care who gets hurt along the way.
She's made me so angry!! The story was pretty decent but the best bit was the battle description at the end.
I loved Henry Stafford her 2nd husband who was obviously treated like crap and th Margaret Beaufort is a horrible, selfish woman who thinks of no one but herself.
I loved Henry Stafford her 2nd husband who was obviously treated like crap and the relationship with her last husband was basically what she deserved; cold, calculating and simply for personal gain.
In all I think it's got to be 2 stars because she's such an awful, selfish cow. Sep 23, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: borrowed-from-library , historical-fiction.
Who knows what I would have thought of Margaret if I had known her, but I found her a bit unlikable. View all 4 comments.
Aug 11, Anita added it Shelves: adult , romance , historical. I am listening to this book via audio, and I can honestly say I'm not enjoying this as much as I usually enjoy Philippa Gregory's books.
This book is very political and while it involves the Court, it's not such a big part of the book. I don't think it's the writing that is bothering me though, I think it's Margaret, who is extremely arrogant and I would almost say selfish - except she does show some compassion now and then.
She is single minded, focused on her mission. I feel like the book is m I am listening to this book via audio, and I can honestly say I'm not enjoying this as much as I usually enjoy Philippa Gregory's books.
I feel like the book is mostly a monologue, Margaret droning on how things are unfair; it's unfair her son isn't King, and how she's in captivity, and things just never seem to work out her way Actually, I did find it amusing when her own husband questioned whether she could hear God's will, or whether she could only hear her own.
At least he's honest with himself, he knows he plays the fence. I really think that Margaret is completely oblivious to the fact that she is acting for her own purposes.
I found some of this book interesting, but for the most part, it dragged. It was way too repetitive, even by Gregory's previous theme-repeating standards.
Lancaster heir, blah blah I ended up skim-reading the second half of this b I found some of this book interesting, but for the most part, it dragged.
I ended up skim-reading the second half of this book as the persistent rants and rambles just wore me down. Philippa Gregory is such a hit and miss author.
This is my eighth book by her; my ratings range from two stars to five. Oct 20, Natasa rated it really liked it Shelves: elizabeth-of-york , from-book-to-film-tv-show , margaret-beaufort , owned-books , wars-of-the-roses , margaret-of-anjou , elizabeth-woodville , anne-neville , henry-vii.
In a time when women had little power or control in their lives, Margaret maneuvers through family situations and courtly infighting.
Jul 17, Aretha melina rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , historica-romance. And I am so appalled by others who gave this book only one star.
This book deserves more than one star. This book is about a magnificent woman who survives abusive parents, relationships, separation with her son and triumph against all odds.
Brought up by a mother who dislikes her and constantly thinks of her more as a nuisance and a misfortune to her than a daughter who deserves to be loved and cared for; young Margaret beauford grown to be a dev this is one of the best book by Philippa Gregory.
Brought up by a mother who dislikes her and constantly thinks of her more as a nuisance and a misfortune to her than a daughter who deserves to be loved and cared for; young Margaret beauford grown to be a devout christian woman.
She dreams to become a nun, however her unloving mother forced her to be married at the age of only 12 years old. Forced to be wedded to a man more than ten years older than she is, she becomes a vessel to provide an heir to him.
She is more like a means to an end. Nobody cares of her, nobody ever loves her and nobody believes that she could be more than just an ordinary woman.
As her mother keeps telling her she is a woman, that is why she could not choose her own destiny. Pregnant at such a very young age, she gave birth to her one and only son Henry at the age of The birthing process was very terrible and difficult, added to that her own mother told the midwife to sacrifice her should there be any choices between her and that of the unborn child, only her child could be spared.
Her first husband was dead and she was forced to be married off for the second time. She was forced to endure a separation with her beloved child and left him under the care of his uncle.
Married off for the second time, she found solace and peace with her second husband. However, her peace was disturbed by the coming war against her house and royal family.
She was forced to put her loyalty to the other houses such as York. Born as a loyal lancaster, it was hard to do so. She was forced to give up her son under the care of loyalist york.
Many will think of her as a bitch and a wicked woman. However, I am not agree. She is loyal to her house , she fights for her son's right for the throne.
She was right to do so for her son has a royal claim. She did anything that a loyalist did, she fought with her smart mind and brilliant political attitude.
It is right that at time she could be annoying such as when she tried to force her second husband to join the war.
However, it is hard to blame her to do so, because it is only right for the loyalist to fight for their king.
People often misrepresents her christian devout as narcissism attitude.