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Subject: Cousins' War books by Philippa Gregory
Date Posted: 1/14/2017 2:22 AM ET
Member Since: 3/27/2010
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I have The Lady of the Rivers on my TBR and was going to start it next, but just found that it's actually book 3 of a series. I found one review that said reading the first book wasn't absolutely necessary, but nothing of having read the second book. I normally don't read series out of order, but it sounds like this is a sort of prequel? I'm conflicted and thought to ask the experts here. :) Should I hold off and read the The White Queen and The Red Queen first? 

Date Posted: 1/14/2017 10:33 AM ET
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IMO yes-in part-I feel it gives more depth to the stories of both Jacita(not spelled right) and Elizabeth(the White Queen.  )But, no, I don't feel that the Red Queen needs to be read first-that's Margaret's story(Lancaster side) and not the start of the Woodenville dynasty.

I was conflicted going into "the Red Queen".  Couldn't see how Gregory was going to make me care about Margaret Beaufort-I have issues....Entertaining read.  Didn't turn me sympathic to Margaret -but did give me a greater understanding of her motivations. 

Just keep in mind that-for me-much of what Gregory writes lends itself to an emphasis on historical "fiction".

Jan

Date Posted: 1/15/2017 2:57 AM ET
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Thank you, Jan! I will wait and read The White Queen first. :)

It sounds like I'd be fine to read The White Queen, The Lady of the Rivers, and then The Red Queen and not be confused or mixed up then, yes? 

Date Posted: 1/15/2017 1:45 PM ET
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Yep, I think that'll be fine Kelly.  Enjoy!

Jan