[free] Ledi RiversAuthor Philippa Gregory – Z55z.co

I have been fascinated by the Tudors and Plantagenets most of my life I knew the various kings and queens, as well as how they ascended to the throne But to focus on all the women behind the scenes and then in front of the scenes was a fantastic approach Definitely will continue this series.The setting and the descriptions are magical You feel transported to the time frame You are half in a bit of shock and a bit of concern, all knowing some of this actually happened Of course, some of it I have been fascinated by the Tudors and Plantagenets most of my life I knew the various kings and queens, as well as how they ascended to the throne But to focus on all the women behind the scenes and then in front of the scenes was a fantastic approach Definitely will continue this series.The setting and the descriptions are magical You feel transported to the time frame You are half in a bit of shock and a bit of concern, all knowing some of this actually happened Of course, some of it is fully made up but to know these people were real and these women gave birth to and raised Kings and Queens And some even became Queen themselves.I almost wish I could be a fly on a wall some 4oo years ago to see what was really going onAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators This review may be considered slightly spoilerish so enter at your own risk Lady of the Rivers is the third book in Gregory s Cousins War series, and focuses on Jacquetta of Luxembourg While staying in France with her uncle, Jacquetta meets imprisoned Joan of Arc and the two share some BFF time together with the tarot cards and the wheel of fortune After Joan meets her unhappy end, the beauteous Jacquetta catches the eye of the powerful Duke of Bedford, uncle to young king Henry VI Jacq This review may be considered slightly spoilerish so enter at your own risk Lady of the Rivers is the third book in Gregory s Cousins War series, and focuses on Jacquetta of Luxembourg While staying in France with her uncle, Jacquetta meets imprisoned Joan of Arc and the two share some BFF time together with the tarot cards and the wheel of fortune After Joan meets her unhappy end, the beauteous Jacquetta catches the eye of the powerful Duke of Bedford, uncle to young king Henry VI Jacquetta s worries about being ravished by her older husband come to naught as he sinterested in using Jacquetta s virginal qualities to aid his experiments experiments that have something to do with alchemy, the philosopher s stone and the unicorn If you are scratching your head over this, rest assured I was doing the same thing I didn t understand it then and I don t understand it now.Her older husband eventually dies and Jacquetta waits for the King s councilers to choose another husband after her year of mourning John s squire Richard Woodville has other ideas, and Jacquetta is willing to risk the king s wrath for the sake of true love The marriage is a fruitful one and Jacquetta spends lots of time in the country producing one baby after another yawn The wheel of fortune spins again when the king marries Margaret of Anjou and Jacquetta is summoned to serve the new Queen, but that marriage isn t exactly smooth sailing, and one thing leads to another until a little dispute erupts between the houses of Lancaster and York.That s about as much plot summary you ll get from me, I d rather discuss the reading experience, starting with the repetitive text The Melusine count exceeded twenty, and that s not counting the water river fishy woman references or the tally would be much higher There are times when nothing much happens in Jacquetta and Richard s lives making babies, cooling heels in Calais for a year waiting for the king to do something , and it would have served the story better just to fast forward a few years with a brief mention rather thantedious detail on what isn t happening.I don t understand the great need to repeat same words three times in a single sentence, over and over and over again can t quote examples from the ARC, sorry Then there are the mind numbing reminders to the reader of who is who via the as you know, Bob method Any time Jacquetta mentions her first husband in a conversation he is always my Lord John, Duke of Bedford Margaret will mention her uncle in a conversation with an intimate friend as my uncle, the king of France I think everyone at court would know that she was niece to the king of France And Richard of York, reviled by all the Lancastrians is always always always see, I can do things in threes Richard Duke of York Every time I got it the first time, and did not need to be clubbed over the head with it The characters were all rather meh , neither good nor bad, just incredibly uninteresting Instead of filling us in on the politics and intrigues of the court that caused these wars, we get endless exposition on the court on progress, as well as how Edmund Beaufort Duke of Somerset dotes on Margaret of Anjou, bringing her all those sweet little presents All in all, a very disappointing read and not one I d recommend for those wantingbackground and insight into the Wars of the Roses there are much better choices out there with Penman s fabulous Sunne in Splendor still being the gold standard Library only, then buy it if you love it Two stars This review is based upon a digital ARC received from Net Galley and might differ from the final edition I have a problem with authors thinking that they have to reach a larger mass audience once they are popular It is comparable to a musician who sells out The Lady of the Rivers certainly portrayed a dummied down storyline which started with the immediate opener Perhaps Gregory is so popular now, that she took away much of the magic so evident in some of her earlier works to reach a wider audience The theme of my complaints against The Lady of the Rivers is the lack of depth Admittedly, thi I have a problem with authors thinking that they have to reach a larger mass audience once they are popular It is comparable to a musician who sells out The Lady of the Rivers certainly portrayed a dummied down storyline which started with the immediate opener Perhaps Gregory is so popular now, that she took away much of the magic so evident in some of her earlier works to reach a wider audience The theme of my complaints against The Lady of the Rivers is the lack of depth Admittedly, this novel is a fast page turner but solely because it is easy to read and has very short chapters several were only one page and not because it is overly intriguing or capturing The book is rather slow in the beginning even by page 109, I was bored and it was obvious that this is because Gregory didn t have much research to include Is it a coincidence that the latter part of the book isinteresting and not as sparse when describing the battles Not at all Sadly, even the events which were described appeared glossed over which relates back to the lack of depth element Although Jacquetta is the main character, her character development is extremely weak, to say the least Her inner feelings and actions never felt fully disclosed and understood, making her seem very one dimensional Moreover, many of the other female characters also felt very demeaned and ill described Joan of Arc was portrayed quite foolishly and Margaret of Anjou was evenannoying than usual Margaret of Anjou is already known as being villainous but at least she has drama and depth In The Lady of the Rivers, she just comes off as a spoiled teenager in a teen film Plus,of the book was about Margaret of Anjou than Jacquetta I found this all to be disappointing because none of the characters were likable or encouraged support Imagine a star studded ensemble cast in a movie but with a terrible plot and poor acting That is the best way to describe this book Sadly, even the proposed highlights were unsatisfying Moments in the plot which were meant to be strong such as Richard Woodville declaring his love to Jacquetta were elementary, rushed, and so predictable that I actually rolled my eyes The inescapability caused the story to be very difficult to get into I have to admit, there were SOME strong points throughout but I have to judge the novel on the whole, and overall, the momentous events covered Hundred Years War, Wars of the Roses were barely even scraped in potential by Gregory The Lady of the Rivers isof a summary of these events or YA novel Some contradictory points were also evident For example the novel stressed that the Earl of Suffolk opposed Margaret s marriage to Henry but then about a page later said that he predicted its success Um sure I also have to ask, did they actually say hi during this time period Jacquetta surely did in this novel I may not be a linguistic expert but never, ever, have I come across the word hi in any other Plantagenet or Tudor novel and I have read countless sources This bothered me Also, the churching ceremony appeared to be described in the manner of the rules set forth by Margaret Beaufort which she obviously didn t do yet at the time of this novel Let s not even get into the complaint which is evident by all readers across the board the overuse of the titles ie My lord, the Duke of Bedford.The end of the book was the best, similarly to how the Battle of Bosworth scene at the end of The Red Queen was surely the highlight and climax It also set the lead in to The White Queen quite seamlessly, especially if one would want to re read it after The Lady of the Rivers I will give Gregory credit where credit is due that she attempted to cover a person who doesn t have a million biographies or sources available on her Jacquetta is a lesser known individual and I support bringing the underdogs to the table I admit that I may be a little harsh and that I shouldn t expect a thorough novel when such little information is available However, Gregory should have instead transversed this as a novel about Margaret of Anjou, then I do support the effort, however Overall, not AS terrible as I suspected but definitely a dummied down version Either Gregory is losing her spark or I m just slipping out of the target market I ve always had a love hate relationship with Philippa Gregory Sometimes she does what she does extraordinarily well, and sometimes she writes crap like this I really struggled with this one I just found Jacquetta s story SO uninteresting When I was reading it I couldn t help but wonder how better this series would have been if Margaret of Anjou had her own novel This way another perspective of the wars would have been covered Moreover, this isn t even chronological with the previous t I ve always had a love hate relationship with Philippa Gregory Sometimes she does what she does extraordinarily well, and sometimes she writes crap like this I really struggled with this one I just found Jacquetta s story SO uninteresting When I was reading it I couldn t help but wonder how better this series would have been if Margaret of Anjou had her own novel This way another perspective of the wars would have been covered Moreover, this isn t even chronological with the previous two books or the one after it it s just a random prequel stuck in the middle It s strange, and, if anything, it disrupts the series I wantMargaret Give meMargaret This really isn t the best reaction to have to a book of this type If you re immediately wishing for a different character, then you know something isn t quite right Jacquetta s story had the potential to be interesting because of the suggestions of witchcraft But, it was all too vague The author couldn t directly allude to the fact that she was or wasn t a witch Witchcraft is obviously fictional, and this is a realism novel so she couldn t say she had magic Nor could she say that she wasn t because of the rumours This resulted in a disappointing dynamic I wish she went with either side of the picture because what we re left is a character who doesn t actually seem to know what she is or isn t It was a little bit weird.This just neededMargaret of Anjou In the other books the characters view her as the villain she is simply the bad queen Only in this book does Philippa Gregory bother to show a glimpse of her story I think it would have been incredibly interesting to see how she interpreted the events, and that way I think we would have had a fairly overall picture of the war Well, at least from the perspective of the powerful women queens So far, York and the Tudor faction of the house of Lancaster have had their story told But, Margaret of Anjou remains a quiet bystander to the events Where is her voice Where is her tale Her minor part in this novel was not enough this novel was not enough to establish her presence in this series A weak story when Margaret went This book was also, undoubtedly, too long Some of the chapters were packed out and far too long, the opening was terrible it was the worse beginning in the series The romance was okay It felt secretive and at the same time realistic But, I just didn t care about it It didn t feel relevant to the major events I wanted to see the Cousins War, the Wars of the Roses, and how it affected the lives of the overlooked women in positions of power and persuasion This was a random tangent to the story, one that I needn t have read This was, definitely, the bad egg in this series I just felt that there was far too much wrong with this book for me to enjoy it It lacked a lot of the politics, and conniving characters of the previous two books It also lacked any sense of narrative drive I had no real reason to carry on reading this after Margret left the scene This was too unlike the rest of the series for it to feel like it was actually part of the series Jacquetta s characterisation was too weak and confused for it to evoke any investment I didn t like this book, but the rest of the series is really good Well, except for the last book,The King s Curse, but I ll get to that at a later date The Cousin s War Series 1 The White Queen A strong four stars2 The Red Queen A fair three stars3 The Lady of the Rivers A Margaretless two stars The Lady of the Rivers The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, 1 Cousins War 3 , Philippa GregoryThe Lady of the Rivers is a 2011 historical novel by Philippa Gregory, part of her series The Cousins War The story is narrated by Jacquetta of Luxembourg, mother of Elizabeth Woodville, and covers the reign of the Lancastrian King Henry VI The novel serves as a prequel to Gregory s The White Queen 2009 , the story of Elizabeth s reign as Queen consort of England.Fourteen year old Jacquetta, whose The Lady of the Rivers The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, 1 Cousins War 3 , Philippa GregoryThe Lady of the Rivers is a 2011 historical novel by Philippa Gregory, part of her series The Cousins War The story is narrated by Jacquetta of Luxembourg, mother of Elizabeth Woodville, and covers the reign of the Lancastrian King Henry VI The novel serves as a prequel to Gregory s The White Queen 2009 , the story of Elizabeth s reign as Queen consort of England.Fourteen year old Jacquetta, whose noble family claims descendance from the water goddess Melusine, learns the secrets of her inherited powers from her great aunt Jehanne, the Demoiselle of Luxembourg Jacquetta befriends Joan of Arc, who is a prisoner at her uncle s castle, but later watches in horror as Joan is burned at the stake by the English backed church Three years later at age 17, Jacquetta is given in marriage to John, Duke of Bedford, the uncle to King Henry VI and the English regent in France On their wedding night, however, the Duke explains that he wishes to keep her a virgin so that she may use the powers of her family in their purest form in his alchemical experiments seeking the ability to turn iron into gold He later dies and leaves Jacquetta a wealthy widow at 20 She and the Duke s handsome squire Richard Woodville realize that they have fallen in love and become lovers Returning to England, they marry in secret before the king can remarry her to someone else Exiled from court in disgrace, Jacquetta and Richard soon have their first child, Elizabeth I really did enjoy reading this Cousins War installment featuring Jacquetta, The Lady Rivers, even though each time I had to key the name of the book into Goodreads, I typedThe Lady of ShallottI m a sucker for that poem My only grizzle is that being numbered Cousins War 3, you would think that it would be following in a chronological sense after The White Queen and The Red Queen but this is not so Currently, the chronological order that these books should be read in is as shown on ht I really did enjoy reading this Cousins War installment featuring Jacquetta, The Lady Rivers, even though each time I had to key the name of the book into Goodreads, I typedThe Lady of ShallottI m a sucker for that poem My only grizzle is that being numbered Cousins War 3, you would think that it would be following in a chronological sense after The White Queen and The Red Queen but this is not so Currently, the chronological order that these books should be read in is as shown on The Lady of the RiversThe Red QueenThe White QueenThe Kingmaker s DaughterThe White PrincessThe Last Rose The King s Curse not yet released NOTE where The Last Rose fits on this list is currently unknown.BUT The books are numbered and show on Goodreads in publication order The White Queen Cousins War 1 The Red Queen Cousins War 2 The Lady of the Rivers Cousins War 3 The Kingmaker s Daughter Cousins War 4 The White Princess Cousins War 5 The King s Curse Cousins War 6 So if you follow the publication order, like this foolish woman here did, you re all out of order I didn t like leaping all over the place in time Personally, I d have liked to read the damn series in order Be warned about this anomaly if you haven t read this really interesting and entertaining series by Ms P Gregory yet.Okay, grizzle over, 4 P.S You could not have kept me at a royal court in England in the 15th and 16th century for all the money in the world I like my head just where it is planted very firmly on my shoulders, thank you very much Where I got the book review galley from NetGalley.Philippa Gregory takes a step back farther in time with The Lady of the Rivers after exploring the lives of the various Tudor women in a succession of novels, she now dives into the rich and complicated history of the Wars of the Roses This was a period in the 1400s in which two branches of the Plantagenet royal family struggled for power over England and various bits of France The protagonist in The Lady of the Rivers is Jacquetta of Luxem Where I got the book review galley from NetGalley.Philippa Gregory takes a step back farther in time with The Lady of the Rivers after exploring the lives of the various Tudor women in a succession of novels, she now dives into the rich and complicated history of the Wars of the Roses This was a period in the 1400s in which two branches of the Plantagenet royal family struggled for power over England and various bits of France The protagonist in The Lady of the Rivers is Jacquetta of Luxembourg, who is not generally a well known historical figure The story covers Jacquetta s life from adolescence to middle age, and Gregory fans will realize that it ends with the beginning of Gregory s 2009 novel The White Queen.I ve been critical of Gregory s kings and queens novels in the past, mostly because I would like to seepure fiction from her, but I enjoyed The Lady of the Rivers As usual, though, I did not find the protagonist particularly interesting I felt that she was an observer of history rather than being a participant in it Of course, in those days a noblewoman s role was to run the house and lands while the men fought Jacquetta does plenty of that and produce children Jacquetta had sixteen So maybe the impression of passivity that I received was due to the necessity of sticking fairly close to historical fact The bits of white magic that all of Gregory s heroines inevitably indulge in do not come across as exciting enough to compensate me for the lack of action.And yet there were some definite improvements over recent novels in the series For one thing, Jacquetta gets to travel around quite a bit, and even though she s not in the battles I did get a better sense of being near to the action than I usually do And the supporting cast was good I particularly liked Margaret of Anjou, Henry VI s queen, and I found the account of Henry VI s mental illness compelling There were several other memorable characters in fact, I now understand the Wars of the Roses a whole lot better So if you read historical fiction for the history, you ll be satisfied.I m not going to say much about Gregory s writing idiosyncracies here, since what I was reading was a galley which had not even been edited for capitalization and paragraph layout that surprised me I desperately want to send her the gift of a big bag of semicolons, though Gregory is the undisputed queen of the comma splice.One last comment I have been reading Gregory for years, and am fascinated to note that the novels are getting less sensual as time goes on This one was PG rated.Overall impression a good Gregory, and recommended for lovers of English history Roman iz serijala Rodbinski ratovi U romanu Ledi Rivers Filipa Gregori iskazuje strast i ume e zbog kojih je s pravom smatraju kraljicom engleskih istorijskih romana Publishers WeeklyLedi Rivers, pri a bogata strastima i legendama, govori o aketi, vojvotkinji od Bedforda, eni koja je krstarila pogibeljnim putevima izme u borbenih linija Ratova ru aVojvoda od Bedforda, engleski namesnik Francuske, za kog se udala, uvodi aketu u tajanstveni svet u enosti i alhemije Njen jedini prijatelj u rasko nom vojvodinom doma instvu jeste njegov titono a Ri ard Vudvil, koji ostaje uz aketu kada posle vojvodine smrti ostane udovica, bogata i mlada Njih dvoje postaju ljubavnici i tajno se ven aju vra aju i se u Englesku da slu e na dvoru mladog kralja Henrija VI tamo e se aketa zbli iti s njegovom novom kraljicom i postati joj odana prijateljicaVudvilovi uskoro sebi obezbe uju mesto u samom srcu lankasterskog dvora, mada aketa ose a rastu u napetost itelja Engleske i opasnost koja preti od kraljevskih jor kih suparnika Dok se bori za svog kralja i kraljicu, aketa naslu uje neo ekivanu i neverovatnu budu nost svoje k eri Elizabete sudbinski preokret, englesku krunu i belu ru u Jorka Ova uzbudljiva pri a odlikuje se istom intimnom imaginacijom klasika Filipe Gregori kao to je Druga Bolenova k i To je pri a o ljubavi, mo i i ljudskim slabostima USAToday I was really looking forward to reading this and was tragically disappointed.This was my first Philippa Gregory novel She s written so many that I m keen to read, as I m fascinated by this era of history, and this was recommended as the best one to start with, so that I can read the series chronologically I think maybe that was a mistake.I feel like this isof a supplementary novel,entertaining for those who know what comes later This story dragged so much for me, and I just wasn I was really looking forward to reading this and was tragically disappointed.This was my first Philippa Gregory novel She s written so many that I m keen to read, as I m fascinated by this era of history, and this was recommended as the best one to start with, so that I can read the series chronologically I think maybe that was a mistake.I feel like this isof a supplementary novel,entertaining for those who know what comes later This story dragged so much for me, and I just wasn t invested Firstly, it took over 100 pages just to get to the plot described in the blurb Then it was a tedious cycle Baby war baby war this woman was popping out so many kids and none of them are given the time of day so why would I care And then the wars are so repetitive, and back and forth, and the way that it s all told just makes it so bland Margaret is a horrible person, and I mostly despised her I really felt like Jacquetta and Richard were on the wrong side the entire time They re fighting for terrible people, and I get that, but it s such a stated fact, there s no emotional investment so you kinda just question why I think the way the story is written in first person, present tense, made it completely emotionless I felt nothing throughout this entire novel I didn t really care who lived or died, what cities were lost or won zero emotional attachment from me I wanted characters that I could really root for and admire and there were none to be found.Overall, I m glad to be done with this because it was just a massive disappointment I ll continue reading the series, but I m really hoping it improves Hands down, Philippa Gregory is my favorite English historical novelist She brings the era she is exploring to life and always tells the story from such a personal point of view that you feel you are, or at least know, the main character I also love that she takes historical women who have been literally overlooked by historians and brings their stories, their stuggles, into the light.The Lady of the Rivers is Jacquetta Woodville, lady in waiting to Margaret of Anjou, who becomes the Queen of Hands down, Philippa Gregory is my favorite English historical novelist She brings the era she is exploring to life and always tells the story from such a personal point of view that you feel you are, or at least know, the main character I also love that she takes historical women who have been literally overlooked by historians and brings their stories, their stuggles, into the light.The Lady of the Rivers is Jacquetta Woodville, lady in waiting to Margaret of Anjou, who becomes the Queen of England in 1445 Jacquetta is a fascinating person, wise and true and regal She is a direct descendant of Melusina, the water goddess of legend, and this lineage gives her some powers that separate her from the everyday people around her This aspect of the story is handled beautifully and without anything that makes it seem preposterous or unrealistic If there is anythinginteresting or captivating and sometimesconfusing than the British royal house during the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor eras, I do not know what it would be These times are gold in Gregory s hands Like some of her characters, she practices alchemy, she spins gold from paper pages.I am gradually working my way through her canon, and having read them completely out of order, I keep wanting to begin at the beginning and read them chronologically If God grants me the time, I will not grudge starting over They are well worth a second read