Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: The Red Queen

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. "Waiting on Wednesday" spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
Pub. Date: August 3, 2010


Publishers Weekly says, "Nobody does the Tudors better than Gregory, so it should come as no surprise that her latest—the War of the Roses as seen through the eyes of Henry VII’s mother —is confident, colorful, convincing, and full of conflict, betrayal, and political maneuvering. Gregory gives readers Margaret Beaufort in her own words, from innocent nine-year-old to conspiring courtier who stops at nothing to see her son on England’s throne. Gregory devotees will note the difference between the supernaturally gifted Yorkist White Queen and Lancastrian Margaret, who, despite saintly aspirations, grows worldly through three marriages; a powerless widow at 13, remarried and separated from her only son by 15, it is not until she’s 29 that Margaret is ready to realize her most audacious ambitions. Gregory clones have made historical novels from a woman’s perspective far too familiar to make this seem as fresh as her earlier works. Yet, like Margaret Beaufort, Gregory puts her many imitators to shame by dint of unequalled energy, focus, and unwavering execution."

*I loved The White Queen by Gregory, which is the first book in this series focusing on the Cousins War. If you are interested in reading my review, check it out here.  I am definitely excited to see where this series is going to go.   I love YA, but I also adore historical fiction and Philippa Gregory makes historical fiction so much fun!

12 comments:

  1. Phillipa Gregory novels are a bit like what I imagine a crack habit to be. Whenever I get my hands on one, I cannot put it down until it's finished. It's a bit of a problem, and I've been "on the wagon" for about a year. Looks like I need to jump off and grab a copy of The Red Queen!

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  2. I've read some of her Tudor novels but didn't read The White Queen. The Red Queen sounds more interesting since it is about Henry VIII's mother. Good WoW pick!

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  3. I am most definitely waiting on The Red Queen. I loved The White Queen so can't wait to check this one out! Great pick as always. :)

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  4. I have the White Queen on my list to read, it's part of a challenge that I am participating. So this year it is going to be read. This cover is soo beautiful, just like the White Queens cover. Fantastic pick.

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  5. Love this era but have not read any of the Gregory books. Looks like I am missing out.

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  6. I haven't read any of Gregory's books but I hear so much good stuff about them! I think you know this already, but I don't read historical fic very often...since you are such a fan, I like that I can just stop by your blog and find great suggestions from the genre! This book actually sounds really good to me. I should challenge myself to read PG and just more of the genre in general!

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  7. Great pick! I had to stop reading her books because I overdosed on historical fiction a few years back, but I've been thinking of picking her up again. Thanks for visiting The Crowded Leaf.

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  8. I haven't read anything by this author...but it's not for lack of hearing about her! I really need to check her out...great pick!

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  9. I've heard great things about Ms Gregory, but sadly I haven't read any of her books yet. :( So you say she's fun? I love historical fiction too so maybe I should give her a try ... :)

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  10. I've not read any of Phillipa Gregory's novels but I think I'm missing out! This series looks quite interesting...

    My pick this week is at:

    http://reviews.sweetsoliloquies.com/2010/05/27/waiting-on-wednesday/

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  11. I'm excited about this one as well!

    I read your review on the white queen.

    Jules

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