In my mailbox is a meme that can be found over at The Story Siren, intending to share any books bought/gifted/borrowed over time. I’ve decided to post these on Wednesdays sporadically, with the intention to share what I’ve got my hands on recently. Thanks to primarily Goodreads for blurbs and covers. Links are provided if you’re interested in buying any of the books, which will go through my Amazon Associates account, or reading a few reviews.
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, is one of the very few sets of books that should be read three times: in childhood, early adulthood, and late in life. In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told, populated with fascinating characters, perfectly realized in detail of world and pacing of plot, and profoundly allegorical, the story is infused throughout with the timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope.
GUYS! GUYS! I found a copy of the Chronicles of Narnia, not just books 4, 5 and 9, but the Chronicles, in the charity shop!! Not to mention it’s in pretty much perfect condition. *happy dance* I’ve never read it. Any of it. I think I saw the first of the more recent films but all I remember is a very big lion and some irritating child actors. Now I can read it and I’m so happy about that. I think fairy tales and children’s fantasy are just as important to a strong fantasy loving background as epic fantasy, and as a wannabe fantasy author, I’m trying to dig in. Hurray for Chronicles!
The Constant Princess – Philippa Gregory
Widowed and alone in the avaricious world of the Tudor court, Katherine has to sidestep her father-in-law’s desire for her and convince him, and an incredulous Europe, that her marriage to Arthur was never consummated, that there is no obstacle to marriage with Henry. For seven years, she endures the treachery of spies, the humiliation of poverty, and intense loneliness and despair while she waits for the inevitable moment when she will step into the role she has prepared for all her life. Then, like her warrior mother, Katherine must take to the battlefield and save England when its old enemies the Scots come over the border and there is no one to stand against them but the new Queen.
Raised on the battlefield and in the most beautiful Moorish palace in the world, sent to England alone at the age of sixteen to take her place in a court where she couldn’t speak the language, and abandoned and forced to endure poverty after the death of her husband, Katherine remained a woman of indomitable spirit, unwavering faith, and extraordinary strength. Philippa Gregory brings to life one of history’s most inspiring women and creates one of the most compelling characters in historical fiction.
I saw this one was about to be chucked away because it had been on the shelves too long and rescued it. I still haven’t got around to reading Gregory’s stuff but I’m fairly positive I will, and if I don’t, it was 25p. I am a bit confused as to why suddenly I’ve noticed an order to the books on Goodreads? I know they’re all about the Tudor ladies, but as far as I’m aware, they can actually be read in any order, right?