The orphaned daughter of Henry VII’s widow Katherine Parr finds herself at court, ostensibly as a lady-in-waiting but in reality to serve Queen Elizabeth as a white magician.
The Red Queen’s Daughter is one of the last of the galleys I picked up at Book Expo this year. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction but I was intrigued by the magical aspect to the story. The book has a good balance of historical detail (divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived–anybody remember that) alongside a “training” type story as Mary learns to harness the powers inherent within ordinary objects. She does this by considering how an object can be a metaphor or symbol for something else, and the beauty Kolosov gives to the mundane belies her alter ego as a poet.
If you enjoy books like Maria Snyder’s Poison Study series, this is a good one to pick up when it comes out on October 2nd.