Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Review: The Queen's Daughter by Susan Coventry

I have to say historical fiction has to be my favourite genre, so this book obviously stole my heart! What I loved about this book is that this book wasn't about a modern girl in medieval times, fighting against feminism and wearing a heavy gown. This book had no fantasy or magical elements, this is a book of historical fiction based on true facts.


A great thing about this book is that Coventry does not assume that the reader would know everything about this time period so she clearly explains everything, making the book more enjoyable! I'll give you all a quick bit of insight to the history behind this book, Joan (the protagonist) is the daughter of daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan has only vague accounts about her life but many historians agree that she was not happy in her first marriage but was in her second. Another thing I love about this period that Joan lived in is that her brothers, King Richard and Prince John, where the influences of the 'legend of Robin Hood'. 



Joan's mother is Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most beautiful woman in the world. Her father is Henry II, the king of England and a renowned military leader. She loves them both--so what is she to do when she's forced to choose between them? As her parents' arguments grow ever more vicious, Joan begins to feel like a political pawn. 
When her parents marry her off to the king of Sicily, Joan finds herself stuck with a man ten years her senior. She doesn't love her husband, and she can't quite forget her childhood crush, the handsome Lord Raymond.
As Joan grows up, she begins to understand that her parents' worldview is warped by their political ambitions, and hers, in turn, has been warped by theirs. Is it too late to figure out whom to trust? And, more importantly, whom to love?
If you enjoyed this book I would also recommend:
The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap
The Other Countess by Eve Edwards






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