The Forbidden Queen

  • by Anne O'Brien
  • Narrated by Emily Lucienne
  • 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An innocent pawn. A kingdom without a King. A new dynasty will reign....
It's 1415. The jewel in the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is waiting under lock and key for King Henry V. While he's been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save her from her misery. But the brutal King wants her crown, not her innocent love.
For Katherine, England is a lion's den of greed, avarice and mistrust. And when Katherine is widowed at 21, she is a prize ripe for the taking. Her young son the future monarch, her hand in marriage worth a kingdom. This is a deadly political game, one the Dowager Queen must learn fast. The players - Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor -are circling. Who will have her? Who will ruin her?
This is the story of Katherine de Valois. The forbidden queen who launched the most famous dynasty of all time...


What the Critics Say

"This book has everything - royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics and ultimately, the shaping of the woman who founded the Tudors." (Cosmopolitan)


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Customer Reviews

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This has to be the worst historical novel ever

What did you like best about The Forbidden Queen? What did you like least?

The story lines dragged out to the point of being boring and the narrator had me falling asleep, I feel somewhat sorry for her as the material she had to work with was the worst.

What could Anne O'Brien have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If she can't write a decent story with all the historical material available, please leave it alone instead of dragging the story out with fluffy romantic rubbish. Take time to read some of Elizabeth Chadwick's books to see how it's done.

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- jonjo

Awful, incredibly whiny.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I could hardly get through this book. The performance is fine and the Narrator has a decent range in terms of emotions and voices.
The story itself, however, is awful, all the main character does is whine about men and being sad and insecure. Several times I had to turn the book off because I wanted to slap the main character. If this is how Anne O'Brien portrays her heroins than it is the last book I will ever read of her. A real shame as the history behind the story is incredibly interesting and full of potential.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The Narrator is pretty good.

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- I.M

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-08-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited