Monday, March 9, 2009

The Other Queen: Review:

The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

Two women competing for a man's heart
Two queens fighting to the death for dominance

The untold story of Mary Queen of Scots
New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.

The newly married couple welcome the doomed queen into their home, certain that serving as her hosts and jailors will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court. To their horror, they find that the task will bankrupt them, and as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Elizabeth, their loyalty to each other and to their sovereign comes into question. If Mary succeeded in seducing the Earl, or if the great spy master William Cecil linked them to the growing conspiracy to free Mary from her illegal imprisonment, they will all face the headsman.

I always have such high hopes when it comes to Philippa Gregory's books, but I have to be honest with all my readers, this book just didn't do it for me. I adore reading books that are dated, and I have read tons by this author.

I am giving this book 3 out of 5 stars!

This book falls into these two reading challenges, check them out to see my progress.

I am so behind in getting my reviews up, it has been a hard and trying few weeks over here, but it looks like things are about to start looking up, stay tuned, I am going to get a few out today/tomorrow!
Until next time...
Happy Reading!


TheChicGeek said...

Really, only 3 out of 5? I have the whole series of these books. I haven't read that one yet. My mom loved it though.
Really nice review :)
Happy Reading!

lilly said...

I think that 'Mary, Queen of Scots' by Margaret George is so much better. It is a huge book but really protrays Mary is such detail and helps a reader understand the motives behind some her questionable actions.

Ali said...

I've read several of Philippa Gregory's books and loved them all but I do have to admit that they all kind of run together to where I can't tell which one I've read! I can't tell one queen from the other!