Spotlight: Succession by Livi Michael

Posted November 15, 2015 by love2dazzle in Features, Fiction, Promo Blitz, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Spotlight: Succession by Livi MichaelSuccession by Livi Michael
Published by Macmillan, Thomas Dunne Books on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Literary, Political
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Macmillan
Goodreads
two-stars

1445. King Henry VI is married by proxy to Margaret of Anjou. French, beautiful and unpopular, her marriage causes a national uproar.At the same time, the infant Margaret Beaufort is made a great heiress and suddenly becomes the most important commodity in the nation. Her childhood is lived in remote, echoing castles, while everyone at King Henry's court competes to be her guardian and engineer an advantageous alliance with her uncle, the Duke of Somerset.With the collapse of Henry VI's hold on France, discord among the English nobles breaks out into civil war. Henry becomes the mad king, and Margaret of Anjou declares herself Queen Regent, left alone to fight for her son's position as rightful heir. Meanwhile, Margaret Beaufort, although still little more than a child at thirteen, has been married twice and given birth to her only son--the future King of England.Succession is an imaginative and engrossing novel about the events that inspired George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. It's the story of the fall of the House of Lancaster and of the two remarkable women who gave birth to the Tudor dynasty. The dramatic plot is supplemented with short chronicles that were written at the time, further rooting readers in the history.

Mini Review:

I had a hard time getting into “Succession” by Livi Michael. I feel like Michael’s writing is just too rigid. There is no flow to the words on the page. I want to read a book that is going to keep me interested and I feel like “Succession” was really lacking in that. I love English/British history. I was disappointed that I didn’t love this book. I think it could have been better.

two-stars

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