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What a read! I finished this book on Friday night, after plowing through it in five days. And wow.
I am not really sure why this book was SO engrossing to me, especially since (being familiar with European History) I knew all along how it would end. But, I was hooked. I think Philippa Gregory did an excellent job keeping the reader turning that page.

*Spoiler Alert*
About the end though, I was pretty let down. I felt like we had spent all 660 pages of this dramatic tale in Mary's head, so I was flabbergasted when, at the critical moment of Anne's execution, we don't hear A THING! Gregory gives us a purely cinematic description of the actualy beheading, and then Mary is running to the ship with her husband, and then the book is over.
Now I understand that perhaps Gregory didn't want to get overly melodramatic, but come on now, not a single emotion? What gives?

Any one else feel the same way?

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I kind of felt the same way.

Now this book was really fantastic. I started reading it on a flight and didn't have a chance to finish it until my return flight home, two weeks later and I was desperate to read it!

The end left me wanting more though, which was a good thing for the author because I immediately went out and bought 3 more of her books.

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If you liked that, try DARK ANGELS by Koen.
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