Reviewed by Christen Krumm

The Lady of the Rivers is the story of Jacquetta who is a descendant of Melusina, the river goddess. As a young girl, Jacquetta meets Joan of Arc and discovers her power of second sight. After sharing a tarot card reading secret, Joan and Jacquetta seem to become close friends. When Joan is put to death and Jacquetta is forced to witness, she discovers just how dangerous being a powerful woman can be.

At age seventeen the notoriously beautiful Jacquetta catches the eye of the much older Duke of Bedford, King Henry VI’s uncle, and is soon married off and whisked away to France. Following the death of the Duke, Jacquetta shocks her royal nephew by secretly marrying the Duke’s squire, Richard Woodville, and returning to England.

When King Henry VI marries Margaret of Anjou, Jacquetta is summoned to the courts to serve the new queen. The marriage is a rocky one and causes much conflict between the Lancaster and York families. As a result, Jacquetta finds herself fighting for her daughter’s life; she believes her daughter has a promising life ahead of her, one that includes power of the throne.

The Lady of the Rivers, the third installment of Philippa Gregory’s The Cousins’ War series, tells the real-life story of Elizabeth’s mother, the white queen. While a beautifully written story, it held no magic for me. The witchcraft and magical powers did me in early on and I could not enjoy the novel from there. That being said, this could be a fascinating novel for dedicated fans of historical fiction as it is filled to the brim with facts surrounding the reign of the House of Lancaster and the Wars of the Roses.

Rating: 2.5/5

Christen graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith with a BA in English. She’s a coffee drinking stay at home mom by day and a freelance writer/editor by night. She currently resides in Arkansas with her husband and daughter and welcomed a son in August.

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Touchstone. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.