Jul 192013
Review: The White QueenThe White Queen (The Cousins’ War #1) on Aug 18, 2009
Format: AudiobookFind the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They ruled before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

The White Queen tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, who secretly marries the newly crowned boy king. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become the central figures in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London. Philippa Gregory brings the artistry and intellect of a master writer and storyteller to a new era in history and begins what is sure to be another bestselling classic series from this beloved author.

This was an interesting story that mixes history with a bit of magic. The story revolves around the life of Elizabeth Woodville, and is full of political intrigue and war.

I found the story quite long. There was a bit of repetition, and everything seems to move slowly. There were several times when I started to get bored because there wasn’t a lot happening. This may be partly because I’m not a history buff, and don’t know much about English monarch history. I got lost in the extensive cast of characters at times.

I loved the addition of the magic. It added a fun twist to a standard historical fiction story. It was subtle, but very entertaining.

I listened to the audiobook version, and it was very smooth. The accent was just right, and the voice fit Elizabeth quite well. I think the slowness of the story was exaggerated by the 15 hour audiobook, but it was through no fault of the narrator.

This is one of those stories that is too long to write a proper review for. So much happened over such a long time period that it is almost impossible to comment of everything. Overall, I enjoyed the story, but it was just too long. I read the second book in the series first, and while it suffered the same repetition problem, that story seemed more exciting. Either way, I think I’ll take a break before trying out the third book.

  2 Responses to “Review: The White Queen”

  1. I think I have one of these books somewhere. Too bad they feel dragged out and repetitive. The magic part of it sounds like it would be cool.

  2. I just finished listening to The White Queen. I have to agree that it was a little too long for me also. I try to avoid audio books that are much longer than 10 hours because it takes me so long to finish them I did however really enjoy listening to Although I know it is not really a mystery,,,, it was for me. I had no idea what was going to happen next. My only advice: If you are going to listen (or read) this book do not read the summary on the back. Better not to know what is going to happen!

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