Tag: Historical fiction

Mini Reviews: ‘Three Sisters, Three Queens’ and ‘Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen’

Mini Reviews: ‘Three Sisters, Three Queens’ and ‘Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen’

Historical fiction is easily one of my favourite genres, and so I’ve been very lucky recently to have read some amazing Tudor-period novels. Therefore I thought I’d combine them into a Tudor-themed mini review post, so enjoy, fellow history nerds! Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory ‘I will never forgive her this. I will never forget this.’ When Katherine of Aragon arrives in England to marry Arthur Tudor, she meets her two future sisters-in-law, Margaret and Mary, and so begins a life long sisterhood, rife with rivalry, affection and… Read more »

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Review: Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden

Review: Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden

‘He summoned his will to be cruel, to tell Edward they had no choice but to run, that they were in the wrong place, in the wrong season and that Warwick had already won… ‘Very well, Edward. I will ride with you, one more time.” It’s definitely a sign of a great series when you read the last book and are genuinely gutted that it’s over, and that’s how I felt when I finished Conn Iggulden’s Ravenspur. I didn’t actually realise it was the last book in the series until half way through… Read more »

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Review: Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

Review: Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

‘“Don’t you long for something different to happen, something so exciting and new it carries you along with it like a great tide, something that lets your life blaze and burn so the whole world can see it?”’ Anyone whose a regular visitor to my blog has probably heard me go on about Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest: it was easily the best book I read last year, and definitely one of my all-time best reads (high praise indeed!). So I’ve no idea why I’ve waited this long to read the next… Read more »

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Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

‘I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower’s stem.’ A while ago I read the first book in Diana Gabaldon’s famous Outlander series, and whilst I enjoyed it, I found it problematic in a several ways. However, I feel like these issues were less prominent in this second instalment, and I actually found myself enjoying Dragonfly in Amber much more than Outlander. Dragonfly in Amber opens with Claire Randall having returned to the 20th Century, where she has been living for… Read more »

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Review: The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

Review: The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

‘The King might be praying for me but it was three years and more since I had last seen him. Three years and more since I had been married and widowed. Three years during which I had rejected the possibility of this union. Yet now I stood on the threshold of a new life.’ As an avid fan of historical fiction, I was really pleased to discover a new historical fiction writer last year: Anne O’Brien. I read two of her books, The King’s Concubine and The Forbidden Queen, and really enjoyed them…. Read more »

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Mini Reviews: The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen

Mini Reviews: The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen

I’ve been meaning to write reviews for these two books for so long that I’ve decided to just condense them into some little mini-reviews, so here goes! The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning are the second and third books in Laura Andersen’s alternate history trilogy about what would have happened if Anne Boleyn had had a surviving son. I read the first book The Boleyn King a while back and enjoyed it, but didn’t find it to be particularly memorable, so to my surprise I absolutely loved the second and third instalments!… Read more »

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Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

‘It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. Outlander is another of those books that has been on my TBR list since forever (I seem to say this in every single book review!), but it was bumped up to the top after a discussion with my friend who had read it, that left me intrigued.  Outlander (originally published as Cross Stitch) tells the story of Claire Randall, who whilst on a second honeymoon in the Highlands with her husband Frank (in 1945) walks into a… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction

5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction

So I thought it was about time I did something that I haven’t done (successfully) in forever, and start a blog post series. Hooray! I’ve decided to highlight some of my favourite genres with a few ‘5 Reasons to Read [insert genre]’ posts, starting out with historical fiction. So here are 5 Reasons To Read Historical Fiction: You learn stuff! Historical fiction is (shockingly) all about historical events, which means you can learn a lot through it. For example, whilst my school covered Tudor history pretty well, we learnt almost… Read more »

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Review: The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

Review: The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

‘”Not an hour ago, there was a rush of falling stars – one of the women told me. Do you know what that means?” Anne didn’t have the energy for any reply, let alone the furious one she wanted to make. The midwife smiled brilliantly. “It is a sign, Your Majesty. A sign of God’s good pleasure on you and all England. He has given us a prince. A Prince of Wales to follow in his great father’s footsteps.”‘ Whilst I’m a huge fan of historical fiction I’ve never actually… Read more »

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Review: The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien

Review: The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien

”He wants me! Henry wants me!’ She eyed me dispassionately. ‘You are such a child, Katherine! If you’re expecting a love match, it will not happen.’ Her voice surprised me with it’s harshness, even when, at the distress she must have seen on my face, her eyes softened. ‘We do not deal in love, Katherine. We marry for duty.’ As I’ve previously discussed, I bought three Anne O’Brien books for £5 recently at a discount bookshop, and The Forbidden Queen is now the second of them that I’ve read, after… Read more »

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