To read this series chronologically, read them in this order: TCP, TOBG, TBI, TQF, TVL, and TOQ (coming 9/16/08). If you want advice on the best way to read the books when you have started with TOBG (most of us seem to have done this), I recommend reading all of them chronologically after TOBG to the end, and then looping back to read TCP after you have finished the series. I heard that from folks who've read them all, and it seems to be working for me. However, I don't think I can wait that long now because I would have to wait until September when TOQ comes out. This is the best of the three Gregory books that I have read so far. I read the two Boleyn books and enjoyed them thoroughly, but this is much richer. It is very interesting that my favorite of her characters is not nobility but a fool! Hannah is strong, unexpectedly adept in dealing with matters of the court, independent, and idealistic but grounded. I love this book. Also, this book has a good little slice of war which rounds it out well. A note to readers of historical fiction, Gregory is filled with PLENTY romance and cotton candy to make the reads seem light while informing of the period.
I love that even though we've been taught our history lessons in school, Philippa Gregory is able to write a book from a "minor" character's prospective to give the feeling that this is all new material. There are plenty of plot twist to keep this book moving. I love the descriptions of the era from the dress, mannerisms, and activities of the day. I can't wait to read more from this author!!!
Very compelling, this is the sequel to The Other Boleyn Girl. I couldn't put down this book! Great historical novel, tells the story of the succession to the throne after Henry VIII through the eyes of a young woman who goes to work at the court. Good read!
Philippa Gregory, as is typical of her works, is able to re-tell common tale in a very uncommon manner - by way of utilizing a servant's perspective. Love it!
Phillipa Gregory has such a unique voice and is such a talented story-teller. While I had my doubts when I started this book, I was eventually swept away by it. The pace was initially much slower than the previous Gregory books that I had read, but in a way that was fitting for the main character of this story, Hannah Green. In much the same way that you see Hannah transform from a young girl and the Queen's fool, the book transforms from ordinary to magnificent. You won't want to miss this one.