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05 March 2010

Book Review: The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham

Title: The Stolen Crown
Author: Susan Higginbotham
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: March 1, 2010
Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN: 978-1402237669
Genre: Historical Fiction


About the novel:

On May Day, 1464, six-year-old Katherine Woodville, daughter of a duchess who has married a knight of modest means, awakes to find her gorgeous older sister, Elizabeth, in the midst of a secret marriage to King Edward IV. It changes everything—for Kate and for England.

Then King Edward dies unexpectedly. Richard III, Duke of Gloucester, is named protector of Edward and Elizabeth's two young princes, but Richard's own ambitions for the crown interfere with his duties...

Lancastrians against Yorkists: greed, power, murder, and war. As the story unfolds through the unique perspective of Kate Woodville, it soon becomes apparent that not everyone is wholly evil—or wholly good.

My Review:

The Stolen Crown is a beautifully written novel filled with eloquent prose depicting a dreadful period of the English Monarchy, The War of the Roses. The Stolen Crown begins near the end of 1493 with Duke Harry Stafford imprisoned and about to be executed for treason. Susan Higginbotham masterfully takes the reader back to the beginning allowing the tale to unfold, told in alternating voices of Duke Harry Stafford and Katherine Woodville, and through them the reader is taken the best and worst of times in England starting with 1464 and ending in 1496 England. This time period is best known as The War of the Roses and Higginbotham's novel is not only well researched, but also expertly crafted rendering the reader unable to set the novel down. The Stolen Crown is an absolute must read for anyone who is a fan of historical fiction. For those who have yet to try this genre, this novel would make an excellent introduction to the genre.

About the author:

Susan Higginbotham is the author of two historical fiction novels. The Traitor’s Wife, her first novel, is the winner of ForeWord Magazine’s 2005 Silver Award for historical fiction and is a Gold Medalist, Historical/Military Fiction, 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards. She writes her own historical fiction blog and is a contributor to the blog Yesterday Revisited. Higginbotham has worked as an editor and an attorney, and lives in North Carolina with her family. For more information, please visit her website.

I received a complimentary copy of The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham from Sourcebooks. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Susan Higginbotham said...

Thanks for the review, Jennifer!

Mary said...

I read Hugh & Bess last year and have The Traitor's Wife on my shelf tbr. I'm sure I'll be reading The Stolen Crown eventually. Nice review!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Jennifer I didn't realize how bad I was crazy a historical fiction until i read your review! This one sounds wonderful!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

I'll definitely have to check this one out. I'm curious about this period of time.