The other Boleyn GirlTitle : The Other Boleyn Girl

Author : Philippa Gregory

ISBN-10 :  0743227441

ISBN-13 : 978-0743227445

Paperback : 672 pages

The Plot :

Mary Boleyn catches the eye of Henry VIII when she comes to court as a girl of fourteen. Dazzled by the golden prince, Mary’s joy is cut short when she discovers that she is a pawn in the dynastic plots of her family. When the capricious king’s interest wanes, Mary is ordered to pass on her knowledge of how to please him to her friend and rival: her sister, Anne.

Anne soon becomes irresistible to Henry, and Mary can do nothing but watch her sister’s rise. Anne stops at nothing to achieve her own ambition. From now on, Mary will be no more than the other Boleyn girl. But beyond the court is a man who dares to challenge the power of her family to offer Mary a life of freedom and passion. If only she has the courage to break away – before the Boleyn enemies turn on the Boleyn girls…

Review :

Told in the voice of Mary Boleyn, this is the second book in the Tudor Court series by Philippa Gregory. The story of Anne Boleyn has been told many times but never like this. I loved the love-hate relationship and the rivalry that is shown in the book between the Boleyn sisters. I loved the fact how the author starts with Anne Boleyn being the other Boleyn girl, in the shadow of Mary Boleyn, but slowly as the books progresses you see her emerge as the more famous Boleyn.

The plotting of the Howard/Boleyn family to get to the top in King Henry VIII’s court is shown beautifully. Queen Kathrine is shown in a different light as compared to the first book in the series since this is told from Mary’s perspective, but she stills maintains her Queenly aura in this as well. This adds to the layered narration of the story.

All in all I highly recommend this book and the whole series for all historic fiction fans. I have thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book from the characterization to the plots to the grandeur of the court and palaces as described in this book. A definite must read!

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