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No one believed I was destined for greatness So begins Isabella’s story in this evocative vividly imagined novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial ueens the warrior who united a fractured country the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inuisition and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a New World Acclaimed author C W Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy a nation and the world Young Isabella is barely a teenager when she and her brother are taken from their mother’s home to live under the watchful eye of their half broth. I ve not been looking forward to rating this one I am a big fan of Gortner I have pre ordered his last 3 books and The Last ueen is one of my hands down favorites The only way I can peg what went wrong with this one was simply too much detail Gortner s other books have always moved and been page turners This one was lacking that It just felt flat I felt I could skim 5 pages and didn t miss much In his other reads we felt for the characters and cheered them on Even the evil Catherine de Medici He has always had a way of making his readers feel they were right there in the story In this one Isabella and Fernando led a heck of a life The are mostly known for eliminating the Jews and Moors from Spain Gortner tells you their side of the story It starts with Isabella s childhood The first half of the book was about her bother Alfonso and the civil war between him and their half brother Enriue Then in the second part Isabella herself takes the lead and continues to fight for the crown I never felt emotionally attached to anyone The war scenes were non existent fans of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici remember being on the edge of our seats during the massacre of St Bartholomew Or when Juana in The Last ueen walked into the French Court and defied the king What a memorable scene I didn t feel that passion with this one A character list should have been provided for readers since there were many characters We experience her wedding to Fernando and we see how they come together Castile and Aragon to fight together for Spain and the church Please read this for yourself and make your own opinion I simply can t falsify a review even for one of my favorites I m still awaiting and excited about his next book about Lucrezia Borgia

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The ueen's Vow

At stake Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inuisitor Toruemada even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus But when the Moors of the southern domain of Granada declare war a violent treacherous battle against an ancient adversary erupts one that will test all of Isabella’s resolve her courage and her tenacious belief in her destiny From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and the intrigue laden gardens of Seville The ueen’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. After my semi rant about there not being enough fiction about Isabella I was ecstatic when I saw this book A story from a notable historical fiction author about a woman and her husband who in a highly patriarchical age made Spain from to Yes pleaseAs this is my first time reading fiction on Isabella I have to say I m impressed at the author s research into the time period He certainly isn t shy about weaving abundant historical commentary into the narrative and his treatment of the time period seemed well rounded if not a little cautious Plot Summary The book narrates Isabella s life from her time as an disenfranchised and impoverished princess up to the birth of her last child Second in line to a heavily disputed throne the most Isabella could hope for was that her mother and her heir brother could provide some stability for her future This changes when Isabella and her brother are called to court by their half brother the current king Though Isabella tries to distance herself from the corruption and intrigues of court that proves impossible when whispers of the illegitimacy of the king s heir drives a wedge between the king and her family Then when her brother dies Isabella finds herself thrust as the new ueen of Castile and the realm Reactions At the epicenter of a tumultuous era Isabella provides a perfect insider s perspective of the inner workings of the time As well as gaining top level political insights I expected to feel Isabella s inner turmoil her love of her state and her king her doubts and her strengths But while I found the political and historical narrative to be strong the portrayal of Isabella as an actual living breathing hot blooded young woman was very lacking Isabella seemed too distant and too above the political corruption and discord of the Spanish court I can partially understand why the author portrayed her thus Isabella does not attract the controversy of colorful women such as Cleopatra or Marie Antoinette and is instead cast as a the pillar of moral rectitude regardless of her age and experience Unfortunately this makes her character in the book rather boring The only times I saw Isabella as a real person rather than an untouchable figurehead was her dealing with Fernando and since the couple spent most of their time separated with their numerous campaigns those scenes were not as freuent as I would have liked I also don t like how the author didn t dirty Isabella s hands in any of her political dealings He glazed over Isabella s role in the Inuisition Rather than delving into Isabella s motivations and beliefs the author was very cautious and assigned most of the responsibility of the persecution and expulsion of Jews on Toruemada and Fernando Overall the book was a good introduction to Spanish politics during Fernando and Isabella s reign However rather than a complex ambitious and far seeing monarch this book s Isabella seemed like an empty vessel a conduit through we which were able to explore medieval Spain 3 solid stars and recommended for people who want an introduction to Medieval Spain

C.W. Gortner Ú 6 review

Er King Enriue and his sultry conniving ueen There Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone Enriue Suspected of treason and held captive she treads a perilous path torn between loyalties until at age seventeen she suddenly 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 she loves yet who is forbidden to her Fernando prince of Aragon As 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. Read This Review More Like It On My Blog45 out of 5 The ueen s Vow is a great first introduction to a well known and well recommended historical fiction author I ve heard and seen CW Gortner s name bandied about freuently as one of the best for compelling researched and still original novels and every claim is only reinforced by my reading experience with this novel about Castile s complicated and dramatic ueen Without condescension or annoying repetition this mostly factual story of 15th century hotbed of war religious strife and rebellion in what is now known as simply Spain is riveting from start to finish once The ueen s Vow and the formidable Isabella hit their stride it is nearly impossible to put down Told with an even pace and a clear voice this four hundred page multi part novel pretty much guaranteed that I will be reading by this author and soon In a genre that can often seem uite overbloated with English and French situated books this exploration into the fertile and sunbaked lands of Spain is a welcome and exciting changeThe most remarkable aspect of the entire endeavor is the main character of Isabella herself With the advantage of perspective and history on our side it s clear that the infanta of Castile is a woman of complicated nature someone that is sadly often naive in her religious judgments but one who is conversely amazingly progressive in terms of women s education and rights see her intransigence on the rights of her daughtersCastile s and her own sovereignty from AragonFerdinand until an heir is born CW Gortner is a skilled writer that somehow manages to paint a fully realized and wholly fallible version of the renowned and reviled monarch while still rendering the final character likeable and authentic in her determined role and behaviors Accepting both good and bad facets of her personality and her reign The ueen s Vow offers up possible reasons for the cruel decisions Isabella made for her realm without diverging too far from the roadmap of history It s easy to both root for Isabella in her desperate times and to curse at her when she is so easily manipulated Carrillo Enriue Toruemada even Ferdinand Throughout all her trials and even her mishaps it cannot be denied that this Isabella has life and is never boring to readIt s a credit to both the author and the novel itself that because Isabella is a historical figure largely ignored on her own noteworthy merits maaaybe vaguely known to the general populace because of the connection Christopher Columbus her story here is completely fresh and engaging Unlike the TudorsBorgias who have been done over and over with varying degrees of success this view into the overlooked Trastamara royal family is happily unreminiscent of any other historical fiction I ve read The tertiary characters are a bit hard to keep track of initially due to my lack of experience with this setting but the author eases the reader comfortably into the Castile he has reimagined The endless wars and battles the reuired Court intrigue the drama all were evenly and uniformly handled in The ueen s Vow Despite the fact that war was pretty much the normal state of being for Isabella and her husband the novel is careful to mix the battles between many other historical events so as not to sacrifice the principles characterization or plot advancement Time easily speeds by while turning the pages for the real world as well as the pacing of the book The novel can breeze over years at a time with a sentence which didn t bother me so much as streamline the narrative of a real person The ueen s Vow is a going to a hit with historical fiction lovers There s a lot to love the sweet but imperfect marriage between the Catholic Monarchs the tried and true lure of Court intrigue and betrayal The novel terminates before the end of Isabella s life leaving it somewhat open ended in regards to the main character if not the final conflict If you re looking for a well written and engaging novel with a strong fallible character look no further

10 thoughts on “The ueen's Vow

  1. says:

    Spain is difficult for historical fiction readers Say Spain and thoughts trigger of bullfights bloodshed torture and religious fanaticism Spanish figures in many HF novels are usually saints heroic devout Katherine of Aragon or villains the evil Armada bearing down on poor beleaguered Elizabeth I And true much of Spain'

  2. says:

    This was an engrossing and educational read about the reign of Isabella I of Castile a bodacious female monarch who made her indelible mark on

  3. says:

    I've not been looking forward to rating this one I am a big fan of Gortner I have pre ordered his last 3 books and The Last ueen is o

  4. says:

    Where I got the book ARC from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer programThis is a worthy novel by a popular writer and yet s

  5. says:

    Another magnificent release by CW Gortner He excels at bringing the indomitable ueen Isabella of Castile to life in this gripping and unputdownable novel Highly recommended

  6. says:

    Read This Review More Like It On My Blog45 out of 5 The ueen's Vow is a great first introduction to a well known and well recommended historical fiction author I've heard and seen CW Gortner's name bandied about freuently as one of the best fo

  7. says:

    After my semi rant about there not being enough fiction about Isabella I was ecstatic when I saw this book A story from a notable historical

  8. says:

    Find this and other reviews at consider myself a historic fiction reader It is my primary stomping ground and the genre I

  9. says:

    I could not put this book down As he did with Juana of Castile in The Last ueen Gortner has once again taken a historical ueen and made her as interesting and exciting as any modern day heroine It's interesting to me how l

  10. says:

    This book should be subtitled Isabella Tells You All About Her Reign because that is what Gortner does TELLS you what happened The narrative is full of passive description we did this we did that the reason for this was the reason for that was I could skip paragraphs and never really miss anything The first rule a fiction writer learns is sho