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10 March 2010

Book Review: Young Bess by Margaret Irwin

Title: Young Bess: The Girl Who Would Be Queen
Author: Margaret Irwin
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: March 1, 2010
Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN: 978-1402229961
Genre: Historical Fiction


From the Publisher

Young Elizabeth Tudor lives in the shadow of her infamous mother, Anne Boleyn. Declared a bastard and banished from her father’s court, young princess Elizabeth has become adept at dodging the constant political games and royal whims that ensure her situation is never secure.

After Henry VIII’s death, Elizabeth is taken in by the king’s last wife, Katherine Parr, and Katherine’s new husband, Tom Seymour. But handsome Tom is playing for higher stakes. Marrying a widowed queen is one thing, but courting the King’s daughter and second in line to the throne is another. Seymor pursues the adolescent Elizabeth, as she finds herself dangerously attracted to him. And with her brother’s death, Elizabeth faces a perilous and uncertain future with danger encroaching from all sides…

My Review:

Exquisitely written, well researched, with intense and vivid imagery, Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be Queen is an absolutely amazing beginning of what promises to be a spectacular trilogy chronicling the life of Queen Elizabeth. Margaret Irwin has such a brilliant command of this time period, the reader is immediately transported back in time to the end of King Henry VIII's rule as a young Bess has moved in with the newly widowed Catherine Parr and her new husband Thomas Seymour and King Edward IV sits upon the thrown. I do believe my favourite genre, if pressed to choose would be historical fiction and Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be Queen is a shining example of exactly why historical fiction is such a fabulous genre. This novel is well researched, the characters are made quite real to the reader and the plot will keep the reader turning the pages, even if the reader does in fact already know the historical facts, one cannot help but anxiously await what will happen next in this novel. The only negative I can think of is the fact that I must wait until October 2010, for the release of the second book of the trilogy, Elizabeth, Captive Princess. An absolute must read, I give Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be Queen high marks all around and recommend this novel to everyone.

I received a complimentary copy of Young Bess The Girl Who Would Be Queen by Margaret Irwin from Sourcebooks. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



dArLyN said...

wow, this one sounds a lot of conflict in there. but glad you like it..great review jennifer!

Michelle said...

I adore the Tudor period and love historical fiction. I will definitely be adding this to my book wish list! Thanks!

Christina T said...

Not a fan of Thomas Seymour at all. I've read two historical fiction novels for adults dealing with this period in Elizabeth's life (Virgin: Prelude to the Throne by Robin Maxwell, and Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir) but I am interested in how Margaret Irwin will portray it. Great review!