The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien ~Goodreads~
Published by HarperCollins 2017
Hardback edition 560 pages ~Book Depository~
Thank you Bethan James at ED Public Relations for inviting me on another brilliant historical fiction novel from Anne O’Brien- Enjoy my review and an extract just for you!
1340. Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent, learns that she is to marry William Montagu, heir to the Earldom of Salisbury, an alliance that will redeem their family after her father’s execution for treason. But Joan cannot marry her childhood friend Will. At just 12 years old, she has fallen in love with, and secretly married Sir Thomas Holland, a humble knight who is currently fighting in France with the King. Furious, her mother and the Montagu family convince Joan to marry Will, despite her feelings of guilt. But when Sir Thomas returns, he is determined to win back his wife, no matter what. Joan must quickly learn to navigate the dangerous and seductive world of the royal court, with its treachery, subterfuge, and power-hungry families…