Forever Sisters

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Three Sisters Three Queens by Philipa Gregory is the 14th book she’s written within the Tudor saga, and if you’re reading the series by her suggested reading order based on real world chronology, it falls in line as the 8th book in the series.

The title is a bit misleading. At first glance you think of the three sisters all being related by blood, when in fact it’s the story of two blood related sisters and an in law: Margaret Tudor, Mary Tudor (sisters of King Henry the VIII) and Katherine of Aragon (his wife) who were all queens of England, France, and Scotland respectively.

It’s told entirely from the perspective of Margaret Tudor, and at times it was very hard to like this woman. She seemed very spoiled and vain, every time the attention was taken away from her for whatever reason she would complain about being ignored and put out.  The only time I really sympathized with her was when she was trying to live her own life free of the rules of the men who controlled her.  She fell in love with a man and married him after the death of her first husband on her own terms, but when it was found out he was no good, she fought to be free of him and was thwarted at every turn, even losing her firstborn son from her care for many years, having her second born die in captivity, and her daughter sent away from her.

That being said, despite my disconnect from the main character I could not put this book down. It features a bit more of Scottish history since Margaret Tudor married King James IV so that was what really held my interest to be honest.

Super excited for The Last Tudor, but we’ll have to wait a wee bit for that, as The Weaver of Dreams by Ed Greenwood is next.

Resistance is Futile

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The Way by Ed Gentry ties into Neversfall in The Citidels series in some way, but I’m not sure how. It’s been so long since I read it and Google searching aren’t turning up a lot of stuff.

Anyways, we’re introduced to Corbrinn, a Halfling ranger, on his current assignment. Leading a caravan of merchants through a forest.

All goes well at first, until a woman wakes up screaming that her husband is missing.

Being the best at woodlore and it kinda being his job on this kind of trip, Corbrinn goes off in search of the missing caravaner. What he finds at the end is not at all what he expected.

The caravan is attacked by a motely crew of humans and humaoids, working together when history and demographics state they really shouldn’t be. Corbrinn does what he can to help, but is in the end is overcome but the creatures and their masters: Formians. Ant like creatures with telepathic abilities that can overcome the mind and enslave ‘lesser’ creatures in their seeming attempt to create the perfect world.

Alas and alack, Corbrinn and those caravaner who survive are overcome by these creatures and are now mind slaves to them

Resistance is futile.

Aside from not really knowing what ‘The Way’ is, it’s a good story. Like I can assume it’s either the hive mind of the Formians or Corbrinn’s ranger ways, but for me we’re not clearly pointed in one direction or the other as to what exactly ‘The Way’ is.

Super excited for what we got planned next.  Three Sisters Three Queens by Philippa Gregory!

As sisters they share an everlasting bond; As queens they can break each other’s hearts.

When Katherine of Aragón is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.

United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss, and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.

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