Friday, July 3, 2009

A Secret Alchemy by Emma Darwin

Two murdered princes; a powerful queen betrayed; a nobleman riding towards his certain death. Everyone thinks they know about the Princes in the Tower: one of the most fascinating, and most brutal, murder mysteries in British history. But the real story of the suspicious deaths of the young Edward V and his brother, and the involvement of the man who would become Richard III, remains unknown, over five hundred years since the boys were taken from their mother, Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV. Now, Emma Darwin has recreated their world and their terrible, exhilarating story: the power struggles and passion that lay behind their birth; the danger into which they fell; the profoundly moving days before their imprisonment; and the betrayal of innocence (from the publisher).
I started to read this book because I had heard the story of the Princes in the Tower when I went to the Tower of London and wanted to see the thoughts of what may have happened. I found this book to be confusing and not always easy to follow as the story seemed to move between different years with Elizabeth, and her brother Anthony, while also following a character set in present times. The actual murder of the princes was scarcely mentioned, a couple of pages towards the end and that was it. In short, a rather disappointing story.
Rating - I give this 2/5 Nothing Special

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Reviewed by Michelle @ admin

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