Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Last Queen

I finished another book.  This one is called The Last Queen by C. W. Gortner.  It was a very good book.  The beginning is a little uninteresting because in such a short span of time the book covers several years and you're sort of waiting for the real story to begin.  However, the second half of the book was wonderful.  It is very well written and you can tell that the author did his research. 

The book tells the story of Juana Trastamara, a Spanish queen who lived during the late 1400s and early 1500s.  While it is based on true events, as with more historical fiction the author has taken some liberties.  However, he does admit to what they are in the afterword.  She is not a well-known historical figure so it was interesting to learn about her, her life, and the connections she had to familiar figures (her sister was Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII). 

I think I might be looking to see if the author has other books as I enjoyed this one much more than some of the last couple books I've read. 

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