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A Secret Alchemy Free read ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB The power struggles and passion that lay behind their birth the danger into which they fell the profoundly moving days before their imprisonment and the ultimate betrayal of their innocenceIn A Secret Alchemy three voices speak that of Elizabeth Woodville the beautiful widow of King Edward IV; of her brother Anthony surrogate father to the doomed Prince Edward and his brother Dickon;. I m not sure what this novel was supposed to be I was expecting historical fiction that actually linked up to something that the present day narrator was doing I thought it was very well written and did enjoy the sections with Elizabeth Woodville and Antony Woodville as the narrators and liked a lot of the descriptions However I failed to get how it really tied in with Una s story she was a historian writing about Antony and Elizabeth yes she visited the same places they had been she found something about Antony However I thought it would be a bigger deal than the information she found out and I was disappointed I did like the Richardian bits but thought the Una parts were a bit pretentious and hard going I also didn t really think that Darwin revealed anything about the Woodvilles or Richard III that hasn t been done before and actually found the fact that she seemed to be so one sided in favour of the Woodvilles annoyed me a lot I am not sure if that was the point But let s talk about the thing that irritated me most about this Elizabeth seemed to be a total victim throughout She was tolerant of everything her husband did was a virtuous and good wife to her husbands a caring mother who doted on her children and couldn t bear to be apart from them and suffered at the hands of that bad man Richard III Antony also was portrayed as a kindly mentor to Edward V and seemed to come across as a selfless and godly person who only wanted to keep his young ward safe Of course history is not that simple and we will never know what happened but when he was taken by Richard III and sent to Pontefract it was portrayed as Richard desiring to seize power from the rightful heir Darwin never mentions the scheming attributed to the Woodvilles and the fact that Antony wanted Edward firmly in his power so he and Elizabeth could exercise their own power Richard III is not whiter than white but I just thought the Woodvilles were presented too simplisticly as was RichardI would only recommend this for die hard Richardians as I didn t think it added anything to books about Elizabeth Woodville that are already out there

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A Secret Alchemy Free read ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB And that of present day historian Una Pryor Orphaned and herself brought up in a family where secrets and rivalries threaten her world Una's experience of tragedy betrayal and lost love help her unlock the long buried secrets that led to the princes' deathsWeaving their stories together Emma Darwin brilliantly evokes how the violence and glamour of past ages live on within our presen. There was just enough to keep me going through the whole thing but in the end this was just a confusing mess She switches narrative voice too freuently and timelines as well so I was never uite sure when we were And the modern story was just a mess simply did not belong to the rest of it and was jarring every time I got there In the endnotes Darwin says she included Anthony s voice in addition to Elizabeth s because so many of the major events in Elizabeth s life were off screen as it were However since much of his narration was in flashback it still felt off screen and confusing to boot when is this bit happening again The end twist a la Byatt s Possession was just lame read that book instead to see how to wrap a historical story in a modern one complete with scholarship and found letters What a disappointment too many things going on and trying too hard

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A Secret Alchemy Free read ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Two murdered princes; a powerful ueen betrayed; a nobleman riding towards his certain deathThe story of the Princes in the Tower has been one of the most fascinating and most brutal murder mysteries in history for than five hundred yearsIn a brilliant feat of historical daring Emma Darwin has recreated the terrible exhilarating world of the two youngest victims of the War of the Roses. A Secret Alchemy Emma DarwinWhere this book really shines is in the uality of the writing it was a pleasure to read for that alone And if I was rating on the writing alone I would have given it 4 12 but trying to give an overall rating is difficult Individually the two stories that it contains kept my attention though I found the medieval one the moving and the link between them is I feel somewhat tenuous The almost eual weighting of them meant that for me it felt like reading two separate books Which is the reason I settled on 3 stars I wish we could subdivide the star rating if I could I would have given it 3 34 I also found it difficult to work out how the title fitted with the story which is probably my fault rather than the author s but which I nevertheless found distracting There was one very minor reference to alchemy but as we never got to see the end result of that I was slightly irritated by it I d have liked to know if the king was convinced and what chicanery had been used to do soNevertheless well worth a read especially if you are a fan of double period books though you may need a dictionary for some of the Latin and a few technical terms


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    Read A Secret Alchemy (A Secret Alchemy) [PDF/EBOOK] à Emma Darwin Emma Darwin É 6 Read & Download Gah I had to give up on this tosh before it antagonised me into committing an act of unspeakable petulanceReally really trying too hard The main problem is that it flits from character to character before you've got your head around any of them It then does what my mother does in real life launches into some topic she thinks you know everythi

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    Read Ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB É Emma Darwin Emma Darwin É 6 Read & Download (A Secret Alchemy) [PDF/EBOOK] à Emma Darwin A Secret Alchemy is narrated by two historical characters Elizabeth Woodville and her brother Anthony and by one fictitious one Una Pryor a historian who's returned to England from her home in Australia to sell her English property During her stay in England the recently widowed Una who's working on a book about Anthony Woodville and his reading visits the cousins with whom she was raised and encounters the man whom she loved as an adole

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    (A Secret Alchemy) [PDF/EBOOK] à Emma Darwin A Secret Alchemy Emma DarwinWhere this book really shines is in the uality of the writing – it was a pleasure to read for that alone And if I was rating on the writing alone I would have given it 4 12 but trying to give an overall rating is difficult Individually the two stories that it contains kept my atten

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    Read A Secret Alchemy (A Secret Alchemy) [PDF/EBOOK] à Emma Darwin Read Ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB É Emma Darwin Una Pryor returns to England to settle her affairs as well as the fate of her family's old home and printing business The Chantry the cousins are torn whether to sell or to preserve it and it's long history Interspersed with Una's story is that of Anthony and Elizabeth Woodville as they reflect back on their lives and the

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    (A Secret Alchemy) [PDF/EBOOK] à Emma Darwin Read Ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB É Emma Darwin I grew to like this book as it went on I found it in my attic in a box full of books I hadn’t looked at in years so I have uite a reading adventure coming up I invariably like dual timeframe novels if they are done well and my key criticism of this story is in the presentation of the narration of Elizabeth Woodville and her brother Anthon

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    (A Secret Alchemy) [PDF/EBOOK] à Emma Darwin Read Ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB É Emma Darwin Emma Darwin É 6 Read & Download I'm not sure what this novel was supposed to be I was expecting historical fiction that actually linked up to something that the present day narrator was doing I thought it was very well written and did enjoy the s

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    Read Ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB É Emma Darwin Emma Darwin É 6 Read & Download Read A Secret Alchemy It took a lot of effort to plug through this book I began reading with much hopeafter finishing Philippa Gregory's The White ueen I was eager to read about Elizabeth Woodville the War of the Roses and get another take on t

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    Read Ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB É Emma Darwin (A Secret Alchemy) [PDF/EBOOK] à Emma Darwin Emma Darwin É 6 Read & Download I found this book very difficult to read The dual timeline thing usually isn't a problem for me I even wrote a novel using it Still the autho

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    (A Secret Alchemy) [PDF/EBOOK] à Emma Darwin There was just enough to keep me going through the whole thing but in the end this was just a confusing mess She switches narrative

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    Emma Darwin É 6 Read & Download Read Ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB É Emma Darwin (A Secret Alchemy) [PDF/EBOOK] à Emma Darwin 35 starsI really liked the portrayal of both Elizabeth and Antony They’re both usually the villains and power greedy people and it was refreshing to see them in another light Antony’s story begins when he is taken to Pontefract Castle and knows he is being executed there Elizabeth is in Bermondsey Abbey where she lived during Henry VII

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  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • A Secret Alchemy
  • Emma Darwin
  • English
  • 14 May 2020
  • 9780755330652