Review of The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner

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by C.W. Gortner

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 5, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345501853
ISBN-13: 978-0345501851

Description: (Publisher Website)

"Daughter of Isabel of Castile and sister of Catherine of Aragon. Married at sixteen and a queen at twenty-five. Declared mad by history. Juana of Castile, the last true queen of Spain. Ruled by her passions, Juana’s arranged marriage to Philip the Fair of Flanders begins as a fairytale romance when despite never having met before their betrothal, they fall violently in love. Juana is never meant to be more than his consort and mother to his heirs until she finds herself heiress to the throne of Spain after tragedy decimates her family. Suddenly she is plunged into a ruthless battle of ambition and treachery, with the future of Spain and her own freedom at stake. Told in Juana’s voice, The Last Queen is a powerful and moving portrait of a woman ahead of her time, a queen who fought fiercely for her birthright in the face of an unimaginable betrayal. Juana’s story is one of history’s darkest secrets, brought vividly to life in this exhilarating novel."

For any of you who are fans of historical out and grab this book! This book is an amazing read full of drama and romance. While the book sounded interesting I was afraid it might be a bit stuffy to read. I'm glad to say that it was just the opposite. The book was so intriguing and well written that it was difficult to put down.

Gortner's book is fascinating reading, and helps to give life to Juana of Castile. Personally, I'm a fan of anything Tudor and/or from that period, so I was excited to be able to be part of this blog tour. The cover art is beautiful and really caught my eye, and I'm glad to say that the book really lived up to it's cover.

This is a story of an amazing woman that needed to be told. Make sure you run out and grab your own copy - you won't be disappointed. I can't wait to read his next novel!

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