Friday, August 13, 2010
Historical Fiction Friday: Review
This is the second book in the series The Cousin's War. Ms. Gregory has a large following, even among my teen patrons, so I decided to read this book.
Margaret Beaufort is obsessed with Joan of Arc and religion. The reader is introduced to this in the first few pages of the novel. And then they are heavily beaten over the head with this information for the next 100 pages and then only moderately beaten over the head with it for the rest of the book.
I got it. Margaret wants to be another Joan of Arc. I also understand that Margaret is on a mission from God to put her son, Henry, on the throne.
The story that unfolds is about an uptight Margaret(who became really annoying towards the end) who is constantly praying, scheming and telling everyone she comes across she is on a mission from God. She's chaste, she's dull, and she's mean as a wet hornet.
Lord Stanley, Margaret's last husband is by far the most interesting character in the book. He marries her for political gain only and pretty much tells her how it is.
The story limps along at an unusually slow pace. The beginning had promise and then we get to the second half of the book which is dull, talks about battles, fighting, and I just don't care.
In this book Philippa Gregory manages to do what a lot of YA historical fiction authors do, and that is leave out the details of the time period. Nothing puts my knickers in a knot faster than no historical details. There was no explanations of food, clothing..nothing. I hate that.
This is a book to be missed for all of the reasons stated above. If you are a Ms. Gregory fan and need to read the book I would get it at the library.