Sophie Perinot jumps into the world of medieval historical fiction with a major splash with the release of her debut novel, THE SISTER QUEENS. It tells the tales of four 13th century sisters from Provence, but mostly focuses on Marguerite, who marries the king of France and Eleanor, who marries the king of England.
The two sisters are extremely close, keeping in contact as often as possible by writing letters to each other. The chapters in the book open with one of the letters – along with the date, place, etc. The chapter is then told through the eyes of one of the sisters. It’s a nice alternating rhythm that really had me intrigued and kept me reading so I could find out what the sisters were up to next.
I couldn’t believe that this is Sophie’s first book. It reads like it’s written by someone with years of writing experience and dozens of novels under their belt. It flowed perfectly for me so there was none of the staleness that I sometimes encounter in books of the historical genre. Each character has their own distinct characteristics from the sisters to the husbands and on down. You can tell the amount of research that went into the book. It was full of rich detail. When you read the book, you’ll be transported. To me, that’s what a book is all about.
BOOK DESCRIPTION FROM AMAZON:
Like most sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor were rivals. They were also queens.
Raised at the court of their father, Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence, Marguerite and Eleanor are separated by royal marriages–but never truly parted.
Patient, perfect, and used to being first, Marguerite becomes Queen of France. But Louis IX is a religious zealot who denies himself the love and companionship his wife craves. Can she borrow enough of her sister’s boldness to grasp her chance for happiness in a forbidden love?
Passionate, strong-willed, and stubborn, Eleanor becomes Queen of England. Henry III is a good man, but not a good king. Can Eleanor stop competing with her sister and value what she has, or will she let it slip away?
The Sister Queens is historical fiction at its most compelling, and is an unforgettable first novel.