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The Shadow Queen

Anne O'Brien
Publisher: HQ
4th May 2017

A tale of betrayal and ambition, and of love and loyalty, The Shadow Queen is the untold story of the beautiful, quick-witted and scandalous Joan of Kent, who would ultimately go on to mastermind the reign of the Child King, her son Richard II.

1340. Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent, learns that she is to marry William Montagu, heir to the Earldom of Salisbury, an alliance that will redeem their family after her father’s execution for treason. But Joan cannot marry her childhood friend Will. At just 12 years old, she has fallen in love with, and secretly married Sir Thomas Holland, a humble knight who is currently fighting in France with the King. Furious, her mother and the Montagu family convince Joan to marry Will, despite her feelings of guilt.

But when Sir Thomas returns, he is determined to win back his wife, no matter what. Joan must quickly learn to navigate the dangerous and seductive world of the royal court, with its treachery, subterfuge, and power-hungry families…

PRAISE FOR THE QUEEN’S CHOICE BY ANNE O’BRIEN

‘Cleverly intertwines the personal and the political in this enjoyable, gripping tale’ The Times

‘An entertaining glimpse of a hitherto largely forgotten episode in history’ Daily Telegraph

‘A high-quality historical novel that treats readers as

grown-ups’ Daily Mail

‘A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue’ Woman & Home

‘A fast-paced historical novel’ Good Housekeeping

‘Brimming with history, passion and drama’ Heat

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ANNE O’BRIEN was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years where she taught History.

Leaving teaching – but not her love of history – Anne turned to novel writing and her passion for giving voice to the oft forgotten women of the medieval era was born. Today Anne lives in an eighteenth-century cottage in Herefordshire, an area steeped in history and full of inspiration for her work.