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The Red Queen’s Daughter

November 12th, 2008

I recently finished The Red Queen’s Daughter, a YA historical with significant fantasy elements. The author is Jacqueline Kolosov.

The story centers on Mary Seymour, daughter of Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII. After his death, Catherine married Thomas Seymour. The Author’s Note at the end of the book explains that after her birth, there is no actual record of Mary’s life. So this is a big “what if.”

Mary is raised by a mysterious guardian who schools her in becoming a “white magician.” Her ultimate goal will be to assure the safety of Queen Elizabeth. Once Mary arrives at court, the action picks up. Because she is now surrounded by men and women vying for their share of power, Mary must always be on her guard. She first uses her power to help a young lady-in-waiting who is pregnant. Mary is able to marry her to the man she loves and send her away, thus assuring her own place at court. Continue Reading »