mini review: The Widow Queen: The Bold by Elzbieta Cherezinska

The bold one, they call her—too bold for most.

To her father, the great duke of Poland, Swietoslawa and her two sisters represent three chances for an alliance. Three marriages on which to build his empire.

But Swietoslawa refuses to be simply a pawn in her father’s schemes; she seeks a throne of her own, with no husband by her side.

The gods may grant her wish, but crowns sit heavy, and power is a sword that cuts both ways.

Source: NetGalley Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  If you’ve been with me for any length of time, you know my intense love of historical fiction; it is a love affair that has rarely faded.  The Widow Queen is wrapped in history, but even my love of the genre couldn’t get me above a three-star rating.  This is an incredibly dense read and while the translation into English is a welcome benefit, it doesn’t help much with the names. 😊  I dug into this read, determined to hang on to the bitter end only to discover it ends on a cliffhanger; 500+ pages and there is no ending in sight.  In truth, had this book wrapped up and finished up, I would have been much happier and willing to raise my star rating, but knowing it will take me another 500 pages or more to get to the end of this saga is an absolute hard pass for me.  With all that said, for those who love these kinds of books/sagas/series, etc. – the long and extremely detailed kinds of historical fiction – this will be the perfect solution for your next big read.


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