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text 2017-10-16 20:31
The Last Lancastrian: A Story of Margaret Beaufort

SURPRISE! You can read my novella featuring Margaret Beaufort RIGHT NOW! No pre-ordering, no waiting. Get a peek of Margaret's life before she became known as the formidable king's mother.

 

Source: myBook.to/LastLancastrian
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review 2017-10-11 04:00
Harbinger of the Storm by Aliette de Bodard
Harbinger of the Storm (Obsidian and Blood Book 2) - Aliette de Bodard

Series: Obsidian and Blood #2

 

The Revered Speaker has died and the council must agree on his successor before the Fifth World succumbs to the star demons (this is a fantasy set in the Aztec Empire in the late 15th century). Acatl (the high priest for the dead) investigates when a star demon appears to have been summoned within the palace to murder someone. They believe the stars are demons that can fall from the sky and rip a man apart (sun worshippers, remember). Basically, Acatl becomes afraid that if the council takes too long to choose a new Revered Speaker, they won't have sufficient protection and the stars will fall from the sky and bring about the end of the world. The end of their world, anyhow.

 

Unfortunately, the middle part of the book with the investigation seemed to go on too long and it feels like I took forever to read it. It was a lot slower (reading time wise) than the first book, anyway. I'll still go on to read the third one but I really hope it picks up.

 

I read this for the "Monsters" square for the Halloween Bingo. It qualifies due to the star demons and the ahuizotls (water creatures). There may have been other creatures mentioned but I don't remember them specifically. This book would also work for the "Murder Most Foul", "Supernatural", "Demons", and "Terrifying Women" squares.

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review 2017-09-27 16:41
The Beaufort Bride by Judith Arnopp
The Beaufort Bride: The Life of Margaret Beaufort - Judith Arnopp

*Historic facts not treated as spoilers.*

Margaret Beaufort is known for being the formidable mother of Henry Tudor, but what was she before war and hardship turned her into the cold, angular woman we picture when we think of her? Arnopp does an excellent job of answering that question with this story covering Margaret's earliest years. Though the story ends when Margaret is only thirteen, she has already become a widowed mother with an unknown future lurking before of her.

Young Margaret is a girl we can each sympathize with, whether we understand her feelings of never being as beautiful as her sister or knowing she is not truly loved by her mother. When she is married off at a painfully early age, I cringed at what I knew was coming for her. 

Yet, the author also creates an Edmund Tudor we can understand. How can we admire a man who claimed his marriage privileges with his twelve year old wife? Well, just read it. You, too, might surprise yourself by shedding a tear when Edmund meets his tragic end.

Part of the secret is the skillful way Arnopp slowly builds a relationship between Margaret and Edmund. This is so sensitively and realistically done that theirs becomes an unlikely love story. However, the seeds for Margaret's future sternness are also planted. No one goes through what she did without starting to form a crusty shell, and her devotion to her only child is well established.

I look forward to reading the rest of this series and was happy to find it available through Kindle Unlimited.

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text 2017-09-26 14:50
Surviving the Birth of a Dynasty

What is one to do under the reign of an unexpected king?

 

Source: samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/09/surviving-birth-of-dynasty.html
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text 2017-08-22 12:43
Bosworth and the Brandons

We will hear a lot today about Richard III and Henry VII at Bosworth, and rightly so, but I chose to take a look at the Brandons, who were also deeply impacted by the events of August 22nd.

 

Source: samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/08/bosworth-and-brandons.html
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