The Kingmaker’s Daughter Book Review!

Hiya Novas! It’s time for another book review and this time we are diving into a genre that I have become obsessed with.

Title: The Kingmaker’s Daughter

Author: Phillipa Gregory

Pages: 412 (actual story) 448 (Total Pages)

Series: Book# 4 out of 6 books published about The Cousins’ War

Release Date: August 16th, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Historical Fiction


The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the story of Anne Neville ,daughter of Richard Neville who was given the title of Kingmaker, and her life as it revolves around the dangerous game of running a kingdom. It’s a historical fiction account of the events leading up to and beyond the crowning of a new King of England, from the House of York. The story takes place during the Cousins’ War (commonly known as the War of the Roses) and is told exclusively through the eyes of Anne Neville.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the griping tale of the daughters of the man known as the Kingmaker, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in 15th century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel, as pawns in his political games. When Anne is left widowed, her mother in sanctuary, and her sister married to the enemy, she manages her own escape and makes a choice that will set her on a collission course with the overwhelming power of the royal family.

The events in this book and the story in general, take place during the events of The White Queen (you can read that review here) and the reign of York King Edward IV. The book is written as a journal of Anne’s where you will read the events of her life as if told through her pen.

My thoughts:

I feel like the book is a very quick and easy read. Since it takes on the tone of a journal, you’re not reading a full page looking for transitions to the next topic or battle. It is very balanced due to the journal style of writing)so there is immediate conflict and questions presented. As you continue reading, the answers to the questions posed earlier on, start to reveal themselves and you crave to learn more about the events unfolding. I love that there’s action and I felt as though I were reliving the life through Anne’s eyes. There’s plenty of suspense and moment where you are left with a sense of loss.

Quotes From The Book:

  • “Do you eat the food?” he asks quietly. I shake my head. “I never eat the food from…” I tell him in a whisper. “Not since George warned me.” “Neither do I,” he says with a sigh. “Not anymore.”
  • They are a terribly handsome family. Nobody can deny that they are as beautiful as if they had the bluest blood in their veins… And they are seated at our table as if they were young people of royal blood and had a right to be with us, the daughters of a countess.

When I write Video game or Netflix Reviews, I include an area at the end of the review for my top reasons to “Play” or try the series and “Skip” for reasons you may not like it. I will use that method with the book reviews as well.


  • A different point of view on the story of Edward IV
  • A quick and exciting paced read


  • Not a fan of historical drama


Goodreads – 3.9 out of 5

Barnes & Noble  4.1 out of 5

Personal Review  4 out of 5

I know there’s not many negatives in this review, but my bias is taking over. I think it’s a great read and I found that I was questioning the “Accepted” versions of history. When I watched The White Queen, I had 1 picture of Anne in my head, but reading this book presents another (I still don’t like her, but I was able to find understanding in her actions). The book makes you think about the actions in regards to each person’s individual scenario.

Thank you for reading the book review of The KingMaker’s Daughter! Have you read any of Phillipa Gregory’s books or any historical fictions novels? What’s your favorite time period to read/wrte about? Let’s talk!

-Luna 🙂


  1. I love historical fiction. I grew up surrounded by Jean Plaidy books (she was my nanna’s favourite auhor) and Phillipa Gregory has taken over as one of my favourite authors.

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