I have read a lot of books about the Tudors and The Romanovs but have never delved into Spanish Royalty so this book was extra fascinating to me. This book was so well written I really enjoyed it and as I have said I love a historical fiction book that’s makes me want to do more research. I also plan on reading Gortner’s The Last Queen about Isabella’s daughter Juana.
I found this book so fascinating and I learned much about
Spanish Royalty and how Spain was united. It was also fascinating to learn about
Catherine of Aragon’s mother since I have read so much Tudor historical fiction.
This was my first book by, C.W. Gortner and will not be my last I plan on
reading everything he has written because his writing is fabulous he kept me
interested from beginning to end, this book never got dull and held me rapt it
was hard to put down.
I know this is Historical Fiction and Mr. Gortner
has said he took a few liberties but I really want to think that Isabel didn’t
want to enforce the Spanish Inquisition I liked her I thought she was an
amazingly strong woman especially considering her mother was a little well,
crazy, maybe today she would be manic or bi-polar and be on meds but at that
time in history there was no such thing. I liked the fact that she chose her own
husband (even though there were a few liberties taken with their story) I
thought they made a great power couple their styles of rule complemented each
other very well.
With the hints we got in this book about Juana’s
personality I am going to go right into reading The Last Queen while this one is
fresh in my mind.
4 ½ Stars