Saturday, 20 November 2010

On My Wishlist #14

This is a meme from Book Chick City. There are so many books out there that I want to read that this is the only way I can keep track!

This week there's a queenly theme to my book wishes!

Iron Crowned (Dark Swan 3) - Richelle Mead
Publisher: UK Bantam (March 2011)
Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land’s queen, she’s fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear…
Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part. Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way. To control the Crown’s ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation--one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril…

I've really enjoyed the first two books in the Dark Swan Series and after the end of the second one I really want to see how Eugenie copes and deals with those events.

The Captive Queen - Alison Weir
Publisher: UK - Arrow (Paperback out July 2011)

It is the year 1152 and a beautiful woman of thirty, attended by only a small armed escort, is riding like the wind southwards through what is now France, leaving behind her crown, her two young daughters and a shattered marriage to Louis of France, who had been more like a monk than a king, and certainly not much of a lover. This woman is Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, and her sole purpose now is to return to her vast duchy and marry the man she loves, Henry Plantagenet, a man destined for greatness as King of England. Theirs is a union founded on lust which will create a great empire stretching from the wilds of Scotland to the Pyrenees. It will also create the devil’s brood of Plantagenets – including Richard Cœur de Lion and King John – and the most notoriously vicious marriage in history.

Alison Weir is one of favourite writers - she can take dry facts and turn them into fascinating stories. And her recent move from historical biographies to fiction is one I've been enjoying. I don't really know a huge amount about this period of history - aside from Robin Hood films! - so can't wait to get my hands on this at some point!

The Red Queen (Cousins War 2) - Philippa Gregory
Publisher: UK - Simon & Schuster (Paperpback out April 2011) 

The second book in Philippa's stunning new trilogy, The Cousins War, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses. The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant, undermine the support for Richard III and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England.

Philippa Gregory has written plenty of historical fiction, most of which is highly entertaining so I'm looking forward to her next novel when it comes out on paperback next year.

So what are you wishing for this week?


  1. Great list! The covers are really great (in my opinion anyway).


  2. I have the first 2 Michelle Mead's on my tbr. Just need to get to them. I've been curious about The Red Queen. Hope you get that one so I know if it's good. :)

  3. The Red Queen is a popular book amongst my book club friends. This week I read two books off my wishlist but I added about twice as many to my list. As always, I'm wishing for a mixture of books.

  4. I can't wait to read Iron Crowned! I absolutely love Richelle Mead!

  5. I desperately want 'Iron Crowned' this is such a good series!

  6. I'm looking forward to Red Queen also! Anything by Philippa Gregory is a good read!