Book Review

‘The Forbidden Queen’ by Anne O’Brien

tfq aobSTORY: An innocent pawn

A kingdom without a king

A new dynasty will reign…

1415. The jewel in the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is waiting under lock and key for King Henry V. While he’s been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save her from her misery. But the brutal king wants her crown, not her innocent love.

For Katherine, England is a lion’s den of greed, avarice and mistrust. And when she is widowed at twenty-one, she becomes a prize ripe for the taking—her young son the future monarch, her hand in marriage worth a kingdom.

This is a deadly political game, one the dowager queen must learn fast. The players—the Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor—are circling. Who will have her? Who will ruin her? This is the story of Katherine de Valois.

REVIEW: I love Ms. O’Brien’s writing so this one came as a surprise to me. It isn’t one of her better works.

The story kept me interested and I found it to be a very sad read. Katherine had an awful childhood with no love and then was sent into a marriage that gave her no better. She didn’t really find any happiness until the end of her life. I’m not sure that there is much written in history about Katherine of Valois so the author did a good job at making a story with what there is written on her.

The only problem I had was with a girl child that died in the book as an infant. The child actually grew to adulthood and married. It was another child that died at birth. I am not one to nit pick a historical fiction book but I do like the people it’s written about to be correct.

That is the only reason that I gave it 3 1/2 stars. The over all story kept me reading and immersed. I will be buying and reading more of Anne O’Briens work because I do enjoy her writing voice.

Leah for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


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