Review: The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

red queenThe Red Queen (The Cousins’ War #2) by Philippa Gregory

Details: Hardcover, 382 pages
Published: August 3rd 2010 by Touchstone
Source: Either I bought it for myself or my mom got it for me.
Buy it: The Book Depository

Summary: The second book in Philippa’s stunning new trilogy, The Cousins War, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series – The White Queen – but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses. The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant, undermine the support for Richard III and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England. Through collaboration with the dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret agrees a betrothal between Henry and Elizabeth’s daughter, thereby uniting the families and resolving the Cousins War once and for all by founding of the Tudor dynasty.

Review: I absolutely love Philippa Gregory and will read every single one of her books. I haven’t read one that I haven’t enjoyed and The Read Queen is no exception.

However, it is probably my least favourite out of all of the books I’ve read by her. I was also surprised that I liked The White Queen more than The Red Queen, which is odd. Most people seem to prefer the second book more.

When I started The Red Queen, I really liked Margaret Beaufort, but as I got further into the book, and she got older, I began to dislike her more and more. At one point I actually called her a monster and put the book down for awhile.

In the end, I really did enjoy The Red Queen, but not as much as The White Queen. I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book, The Lady of the Rivers. This is such a great series, which is no surprise. I mean it is Philippa Gregory.

My Rating: 3 stars

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