Thursday, January 13, 2011

REVIEW: The Red Queen's Daughter

The Red Queen's Daughter (Hardcover) by Jacqueline Kolosov
The Red Queen's Daughter 
by Jacqueline Kolosov
Emily Rose Shallenberger's review 
Jan 10, 11  ·  edit

5 of 5 stars
status: Read in September, 2009

This is an incredible book which teaches that love can be used for good or evil and can be made to make one both weak and/or strong. It was full of betrayal and intrigue and court politics so believable that I was convinced that I was right in the middle of the world of the late King Henry the Eighth and Queen Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen. Mary Seymour, daughter of the late Queen Katherine Parr, battles her will against her heart in the heat of her cousin, Edmund Seymour's affection for her. Her determination to hold true to her virtues of goodness and not to be choked by the intoxication of love are faded as they collide with her cousin's aggression and determination for power and wealth. They run through murders and illusions and false friendships and betrayal on all sides as she is introduced to the terrible seduction of evil as he is entranced by the innocence of good, and they both enrapture the queen and court as they battle with themselves. Her will and his seem to compliment one another as light is pulled to dark and they find themselves meeting in the middle, forsaking former goals to become intoxicated in their love. Mary's final betrayal of his true nature to the queen brings about Edmund's arrest and her return to good, but no one can kiss the darkness without finding some trace of it etched into themselves, just as no one can help but wish for the sun once they have felt its rays.

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