Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Queen's Vow (Books From A To Z)

Have I told you how much I love historical fiction?  Yeah?  Well, I'm gonna tell you again!!!!

I love historical fiction!!!

As a kid, I always love the stories of kings and queens.  I always wanted to be a queen some day.  Didn't we all?  Now I am a teacher.  I love to share stories with my students.  I don't know why I didn't go into history so that I could do what my favorite history teachers used to do and present our lesson in story format rather than straight from the bland ole book!!!  

Well, this book brings to mind what I love about historical fiction.  A young girl who overcame everything to become queen one day!!!
Book Synopsis:  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 queens—the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, 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-brother, King Enrique, and his sultry, conniving queen. There, Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone Enrique. 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 at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada 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 Queen’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.
About the Author:   C.W. Gortner holds an MFA in Writing, with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies. Raised in Spain and half Spanish by birth, he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He welcomes readers and is always available for reader group chats.

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  1. I read history but understand how historical fiction can be wonderful. I think of it as a version of how it could have been. :)
    Thanks for including information about the author. I like that.
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  2. This book sounds amazing! I love historical fiction and have actually had this book on my wishlist for a while so will get my hands on it when I can :)


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