Title: Elizabeth, Captive Princess
Author: Margaret Irwin
Pub Date: October 2010
Price: $14.99 US/$17.99 CAN
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.
Synopsis from the publisher:
In July 1553, sibling rivalry looms perilous, even life-threatening, between the daughter of King Henry VIII. Their brother King Edward is dead, his successor Lady Jane Grey has been beheaded and Queen Mary Tudor has just won possession of the throne. But her younger half sister-the beautiful and vivacious Princess Elizabeth-holds the hearts of the people. Despite Mary's health fading fast and her power beginning to crumble, she won't give up the throne, determined to rule to the absolute end as her father did before her. In these treacherous times, when all about her there is secrecy and deception. Elizabeth must rely on her faith and courage if she is to survive her ordeal and rise to fulfill her destiny. With grace and elegance, Margaret Irwin continues the story begun in Young Bess, giving readers an intimate peek into the world of that most enigmatic of Britain's monarchs.
About the Author:
Margaret Irwin (1889-1969) was a master of historical fiction, blending meticulous research with real storytelling flair to create some of England's best-loved and most widely acclaimed novels, including Young Bess, Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain, The Gay Galliard, and the Stranger Prince.
This is the second book in the trilogy my Irwin and it is fantastic. I read Young Bess a few months ago and fell in love with the writing by this author. The second book is even better than the first with intrigue and deception and a story that pulls you in to where you think you are in the middle of the action. The writing is so vivid I can see it all playing out in my head as if I was watching a movie, rather than reading a book.
Irwin has written a story that she researched but it doesn't read like a history lesson, it seems more like she is telling a fantastic story that could never have happened as it is never boring. You must read this trilogy. I know I can't wait to read the third and final book in this series.