Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Red Queen - The Cousin's War Rehashed

Title: The Red Queen: A Novel (The Cousins' War)
Author: Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages: 400

Having read The White Queen, it seemed only proper to read the sequel, The Red Queen. However, it seemed like a cross between Twilight and Desperate Housewives. The main character, Margaret, was whiny and unlikable, set in the midst of a power struggle in which the females used whatever assets they had to get their way. In contrast to The White Queen, she was pious and nun-like, hoping people would see her as the next Joan of Arc (which didn't end well) in contrast to the "witch" of the white queen. Since it covered much of the same events as the other book, just from a different view point, it was quite familiar. Margaret didn't hang out in London, which was a huge draw for me in the first book so it lost my interest early on, but I soldiered through, hoping I would get hooked, but I never really did. It ended, as expected, with King Henry taking the throne.

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