The Queen's Vow -- C.W. Gortner

*from the author’s website*

The Queen’s Vow Coming on June 12, 2012

C.W. Gortner

http://www.cwgortner.com/TheQueensVow.html

Genre: Historical fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Library Thing.

 

*from the author’s website*

Ballantine Books, Random House (Hardcover 400 pages)
ISBN-10: 0345523962
ISBN-13: 978-034552396

No one believed she was destined for greatness—until she
became one of history’s most powerful and
controversial queens.

Young Isabella is barely a teenager when she is thrust into danger. Suspected of treason and held captive, she treads a perilous path, until, at age seventeen, she finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Spain. Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure her crown, she is determined to wed the one man whom she has vowed to love yet is forbidden to her—Fernando, prince of Aragón.

As together they unite their two realms under “one crown, one country, one faith,” Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by enemies. With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor, Torquemada, even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus. But when a violent, treacherous battle against an ancient adversary erupts, it will test Isabella’s resolve, her courage, and her tenacious belief in her destiny . . . .

From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen’s Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and the complex, fascinating heart of the woman who overcame all odds to become Isabella of Castile.

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MY THOUGHTS:

THE QUEEN’S VOW: A NOVEL OF ISABELLA OF CASTILE by C.W. Gortner is a wonderful fiction fiction. The powerful,complex, and compelling story of Isabella of Castile from 1484,her exile as a young child to her becoming Queen of Spain to 1492. It is her story from her young childhood during her exile,to her husband,Ferdinand of Aragon,their trials,struggles,triumphs, danger,sadness,hopes and dreams. While, some though  of Isabella as an evil Queen,she did what she thought was best for her Kingdom,her people,her courage,and her strong will. She was considered a controversial Queen,her and her Prince Aragon brought two realms together.A powerful story. If you enjoy historical fiction at  its best than “The Queen’s Vow” is a must read. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Library Thing. Details can be found at the author’s website,Ballantine Books,an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING; 4

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

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