As sisters they share an everlasting bond; As queens they can break each other’s hearts.
“There is only one bond that I trust: between a woman and her sisters. We never take our eyes off each other. In love and in rivalry, we always think of each other.”
When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.
United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss, and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.
This is the 10th book that i have read by Philippa Gregory and i swear she can do no wrong. Every one of her books sucks me in and i am fascinated with the way she makes history so readable and interesting.
Her newest addition to the Tudor novels was especially fascinating to me because we got to see what things where like in Scotland during the Tudor rule. Margaret was a super interesting character to follow and the relationship she had with her sisters was definitely a rocky one.
The only small fault i had with this book was that i thought the ending was a little abrupt. It didn't really sum up or give me an ending of Margaret. That however is a very small complaint because as is usual with Philippa Gregory she has an incredible way of keeping you reading and wanting to know more.
Overall its a great continuation to her Tudor novels and if you haven't read any of these books yet what are you waiting for?! You are definitely missing out.