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The incorrect pronunciation of all the well known historical names and places was extremely irritating. As for the pseudo French accent .... it was farcical. "Ello Ello" came to mind. Dreadful narration spoilt an otherwise good listen.
This book is written in a very distinctive style that limits the content and the enjoyment.
Falconer's writing style is rushed and goes from one event to another without any content in-between. We have all seen this before, and in many texts it helps move the story along. However, Falconer abuses this method and skips years with no pause to develop the players in the story. This makes the courtship with the characters stunted and you end up not caring what happens to them. Isabella had many children, but other than a line or two we know nothing other than their names and order of birth. Who writes about a queen without discussing their children?! This is extremely careless writing! I kept thinking at some point Falconer would stop racing through the years and give these people life but he never did. Instead, Falconer relies on the seedy nature of the king to carry the story. We get it, he was gay, woohoo. That alone, with no additional substance, is NOT enough to carry an entire novel...
If you are a huge history buff (as I am) then maybe you will want to read this book simply because there are few historical fictions from this period. But be warned--don't expect too much.
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So many times Isabella is portrayed as grasping and manipulative. The author finds a way to show that she only did what she had to do. The truth will never be known, but this does give the reader something to think about.
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