The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham is the first book I’ve read by this author. It’s the story of The War of the Roses and is mainly told through the eyes of Katherine Woodville and Henry Stafford.
I just love reading about this time in history. Not all authors are successful in breathing fresh life into the well-known tale, but I think Susan does a wonderful job. And with all the twisting and turning and switching of sides, I’m amazed I was able to keep all the characters straight – since they all had the same names back then! – but she writes in such a way that I was happily unconfused. I love how she alternated between Kate and Henry’s points of view, breaking their thoughts and viewpoints of events into different chapters.
The book is, in short, well researched and well written. The characters are believable and ‘real’ in the sense that you begin to feel what they feel and think how they think. I love feeling close to the people I’m reading about and I really became attached to Kate, Henry, et al. Thank you, Susan, for putting so much work and thought into the book. I enjoyed it immensely.
Many thanks to Danielle from Sourcebooks for sending me an ARC of The Stolen Crown.