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?