Saturday, 12 December 2009

Historic Saturday (1)

A lot of people seem to...fear(?) historical fiction. They think its boring. Or, as my friend pointed out, 'I don't really know anything about history.'

The magic of historical fiction?

It's not always boring. Many of the books are written in a way we can understand. The plots and happenings can be similar to what we face today. And you don't need to know a thing about historical fiction.

Because so many people tend to stay away from historical fiction, I try not to review it. Because historical fiction is my main reading material, I have few things to review. But from now on, every week, I'll be posting one review/recommendation of a historical book I've read. Hopefully, this will open your eyes to the magic of historical fiction, or at least one historical fiction novel.

The Queen's Soprano
Carol Dines

Seventeen-year-old Angelica Voglia has the voice of an angel. But in seventeenth-century Rome, the pope has forbidden women to sing in public. To make matters worse, her controlling mother is determined to marry her off to a wealthy nobleman, even though. Angelica is in love with a poor French artist. Angelica's only hope to sing before an audience—and escape a forced marriage—is to flee to Queen Christina's court, where she will become the queen's soprano. But she soon discovers that the palace walls are not completely secure . . . and her freedom will require even greater sacrifice than she imagined.--[From Shelfari]

In The Queen's Soprano, Angelica tells us about her tragic story. All Angelica wants to do is sing while her mother is forcing her into one courtship after another, making her chances of a good marriage worse in the process.

I really felt for Angelica the entire time. Her mother was trying to make her a duchess when she just wanted to be allowed to sing. Her sister was no help at all, wanting to dedicate her life to prayer and being in a convent.

On top of all this, her love interest is as sweet as can be, perfect for her, yet she can't have him. My heart ached for her.

This novel is fairly short, it's not too complex to read, and it gives a good idea of what the Catholic Church was capable of doing years ago. I finished this book just a few days ago and adored it! I hope at least one of you will read it.

And, just for fun, I'm going to rec a book on my wishlist:

The Storyteller's Daughter
Cameron Dokey

In a faraway kingdom, a king has been betrayed. Deeply hurt and bitterly angry, he vows never to be deceived again. Unfortunately, the king's plan to protect himself will endanger all of the realm's young women, unless one of them will volunteer to marry the king -- and surrender her life. To everyone's relief and horror, one young woman steps forward. The daughter of a legendary storyteller, Shahrazad believes it is her destiny to accept this risk and sacrifice herself. On the night of her wedding to the king, Shahrazad begins to weave a tale. Fascinated, the king lets her live night after night. Just when Shahrazad dares to believe that she has found a way to keep her life -- and an unexpected love -- a treacherous plot will disrupt her plan. Now she can only hope that love is strong enough to save her.

I hope you guys found something new to read, or at least are willing to open up to these!


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  1. I'm reading a historic fiction and I like it.

  2. I love historical fiction. I think this is a great idea, since I'm always looking for some great books set in earlier time periods.



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