The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Long. And for some reason this felt longer than the others in this series.
Margaret of York is not a sympathetic person, in part because she's always so sure that as a Plantagenet she's better than anyone else. If I had to read one more time about her extensive, fertile family... or how many of them died thanks to the Tudor upstarts... UGH. It also didn't help that she had far too many instances of gritted teeth and clenched stomach. Her attitude towards her son Reginald was difficult to take, too. Of course, all of this is speculation on Gregory's part, as we don't have a whole lot of evidence about exactly what the Pole family did or didn't do (all those burned letters can't be reformed, can they?). I did like that she falls into the "Richard III didn't kill the boys in the tower" camp, placing the blame on the Tudors. And, of course, the whole era is just filled with intermarriage, backstabbing and betrayal, which makes for interesting reading. Luckily there were family trees interspersed to help sort out who and what happened to them.
ARC provided by publisher.