Before I begin, I want to thank Margaret George for her kindness in sending me this book and helping me get in contact with the great people at Pump Up Your Book. I’m honoured to be a part of the blog tour for this wonderful book.
When I first received the book, the size alone was daunting, never-mind the subject matter! In fact, all of Margaret George’s book are large on size and even larger on talent.
I love the fact that Ms. George didn’t redo the overworked material of the early Elizabeth history (ie. Seymour, sister Mary, etc.) and began the story during the queen’s later years. I should mention that the book is narrated not only by Elizabeth but by her cousin Lettice, as well. This was one of my favourite parts of the book. I’ve been wanting to learn more about her for ages. I like her a lot and can’t wait to read more about her. I haven’t been a fan of Elizabeth in the past but I found myself liking her sometimes (most of the time) while reading this.
The book is very detailed and the pages are full of historical information, but it doesn’t take away from the story in the least. I appreciated it all the more for the complexity of subject was impeccably written. The research must have been intense! But, it shows in each and every word on the 688 pages.
In short, Margaret George is just in a class by herself. I can’t think of any other author whose books I’ve read that are as perfect and enthralling and carry as much history rich information. Absolute historical fiction at its finest and a privilege to read from start to finish.