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The Shadow Queen by Anne O'Brien
  

The Shadow Queen

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A truly gripping and compelling novel exploring the fascinating life of Joan of Kent, as she grew from a wilful child to a shrewd and capable woman, through to the time her son became Richard II. Joan tells her own story, creating a delicious intimacy, we meet her in 1340, when she secretly marries at the age of 12, an inconceivable age, yet this is a woman who proves again and again that she knows her own mind. The awareness of the lines between fact and fiction blurred as I read, and I found myself escaping into and just thoroughly enjoying this novel. By the end I was so enamoured with Joan, I was left with a hunger for more information about her life beyond the end of the book. Anne O’Brien chooses some extraordinary and intriguing women from history to place within her tales and ‘The Shadow Queen’ more than lives up to expectations, what a splendid read this is. ~ Liz Robinson

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review The Queen's Choice also by Anne O'Brien. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Angie Rhodes - ‘This is a wonderful tale, with a strong woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid of speaking her mind, […] Anne O'Brian is regarded as one of the best history writers, and this shows you why. Excellent!’
  • Karen McIntosh - ‘A beautifully told tale of a remarkable woman, it will whisk you back in time!’
  • Jennifer Moville - ‘The author has mixed storytelling with history in a fascinating way - and although this is one huge book I found that it was difficult to put down’
  • Sandra Rabiasz - ‘Turbulent times, life changing decisions.’
  • Russ Pasquill - ‘The story unfolds at a perfect pace and combines a heady plot of romance, backstabbing, death and witchcraft - all of which makes for highly immersive reading.’
  • Cathy Small - ‘This book brings history to life as we follow the two marriages of the Duchess of Brittany and the challenges in England and France.’
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'O'Brien is a mistress of the historical romance with a huge emphasis on the romance side!'
  • Glenda Worth - 'The Queen's Choice is a delightful tale of a woman who follows the path of her true love and the difficulties she faces for the rest of her life.'
  • Susan Keaney - 'Like the tapestries that would have adorned the walls of Joanna’s homes, The Queen’s Choice weaves all the elements of the story together to create a hugely enjoyable read full of colour and detail. Highly recommended.'
  • Helen Claire - 'Engrossing read from start to finish and it is accurate too and has the perfect amounts of everything needed for a stomping good read.'
  • Karen Swanscott - 'A richly woven story of a woman trying to find her way through marriages, love and court intrigue.  Anne O'Brien weaves a well-researched and captivating historical tale.'
  • Suze - 'A beautiful story about a proud woman with an interesting character.'

Synopsis

The Shadow Queen by Anne O'Brien

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Queen's Choice The untold story of Joan of Kent, the mastermind behind the reign of child-King Richard II. A tale of treachery, power-hungry families and legal subterfuges. 'What would enhance the pattern of my life further? One word slid into my mind. A seductive word. A dangerous word, perhaps, for a woman. Power.' From her first clandestine marriage Joan of Kent's reputation is one of beauty, scandal and rumour. Her royal blood makes her a desirable bride. Her ambition and passion make her a threat. Joan knows what she has to do to survive. The games to play, the men to marry - even if one man will always have her heart. A remarkable story of love and loyalty and of the cost of personal ambition. The story of the woman who would ultimately wield power as the mother to 10 year old King Richard II, from the shadows of the throne.

Reviews

Praise for The Queen's Choice:

'O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale' The Times

'Joanna of Navarre is the feisty heroine in Anne O'Brien's fast-paced historical novel The Queen's Choice.' - Good Housekeeping

'O'Brien is a terrific storyteller' - Daily Telegraph

'A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue.' - Woman & Home

'Packed with drama, danger, romance and history, The Queen's Choice is the perfect reading choice for the long winter nights.' - The Press Association

'A gripping historical drama.' - Bella

About the Author

Anne O'Brien

Anne O’Brien was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years as a teacher of history.

She now lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century timber-framed cottage in depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire on the borders between England and Wales.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th May 2017

Author

Anne O'Brien

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Publisher

HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
560 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781848455078

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