Sunday, July 24

Book Review: The Irish Princess

Title: The Irish Princess

Author: Karen Harper

Pages: 368

Summary: Born into a first family of Ireland, with royal ties on both sides, Elizabeth Fitzgerald-known as Gera-finds her world overturned when Henry VIII imprisons her father, the Earl of Kildare, and brutally destroys her family. Torn from the home she loves, her remaining family scattered, Gera dares not deny the refuge offered her in England's glittering royal court. There she must navigate ever-shifting alliances even as she nurtures her secret desire for revenge. From County Kildare's lush green fields to London's rough-and-tumble streets and the royal court's luxurious pageantry, The Irish Princess follows the journey of a daring woman whose will cannot be tamed, and who won't be satisfied until she restores her family to its rightful place in Ireland

My Rating: 5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I wasn't a big fan of the book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it either, it was just a story that I read. There wasn't any lasting impressions left on me and it didn't stand out from any of the other historical fiction that's out there about the Tudor period.

The plot bored me at times and became redundant - there is only so many times I can read about how Gera wishes to get revenge on the King because of his actions against her family, how she loves and misses Ireland, her family. Her character affected how I felt about the book. I felt that she was poorly written, she didn't seem to have the mindset of a women during the Tudor period. She seemed immature for her age, and only had one thought in her head. She wasn't complex enough for me, I guess you could say to sum it up.

The book seems to be more for a young adult audience, although I don't think it was a young adult book. But the writing style and content is written for more of the young adult age than it is for adults. Not the best book.

This was yet another book randomly generated for me to read as part of the Take a Chance Challenge. I tried it, I didn't like it. But it wasn't a horrible read - just not my cup of tea.

Would I recommend it to read: Maybe for young adults - but this isn't the best book in the genre.

What to read next: Any Tudor period historical fiction

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, Ireland Reading Challenge, Take a Chance 3 Challenge


  1. I tend to really dig books about the Tudors and will read almost anything that fits that description. I also like that this one has a background in Ireland, which is another thing I like to read about. I am sorry that this one didn't fit well with your tastes though, and thought you did a very fair job in reviewing it even though you didn't much like it. Thanks for your candor, Jules.

  2. Zibilee - This one just didn't work for me at all. I love Irish history, but it wasn't well done. For a YA audience I think it could work, but not for an adult.