‘I have lost my father in battle, my sister to Elizabeth Woodville’s spy, my brother-in-law to Elizabeth Woodville’s executioner, my nephew to her poisoner, and now my son to her curse…’
The gripping and ultimately tragic story of Anne Neville and her sister Isabel, the daughters of the Earl of Warwick, the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins’ Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he ruthlessly uses the two girls as pawns but they, in their own right, are thoughtful and powerful actors.
Against the backdrop of the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne turns from a delightful child growing up in intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard Duke of York to become ever more fearful and desperate as her father’s enemies turn against her, the net closes in and there is, in the end, simply nowhere she can turn, no one she can trust with her life.
“The Kingmaker’s Daughter is Gregory in fine form. . . . The Cousins’ War . . . provides a rich setting for drama with its endless plots and conniving courtiers.” Associated Press
“Gregory … always delivers the goods. Her latest novel wraps up her ‘cousins’ war’ series of royal witches, philanderers and kingslayers with the story of King Richard III’s wife, Anne Neville, who went from the marital bed of one royal prince to that of another king-to-be during this long family feud.” New York Post
“From the queen of royal fiction comes a gripping 15th-century tale of the daughters of the man known as the ‘Kingmaker.'” San Antonio Express-News
“Conspiracy and a fight to the death for love and power.” Los Angeles Times
“Gregory is one of historical fiction’s superstars, and The Kingmaker’s Daughter shows why. . . . providing intelligent escape, a trip through time to a dangerous past.” Historical Novels Review (Editor’s Choice Review)
“The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory’s latest. . . . The stakes are high as Anne and Isabel Neville, daughters of the earl of Warwick (‘The Kingmaker’), vie for their father’s favor and a chance at the throne. . . . . In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women’s lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters.” Publishers Weekly
“Gregory delivers another vivid and satisfying novel of court intrigue, revenge, and superstition. Gregory’s many fans as well as readers who enjoy lush, evocative writing, vividly drawn characters, and fascinating history told from a woman’s point of view will love her latest work.” Library Journal
“It’s every man and woman for themselves in Gregory’s latest, which offers reliable royal entertainment.” Booklist
“Gregory creates suspense by raising intriguing questions about whether her characters will transcend their historical reputations.” Kirkus Reviews