Book Review: The Irish Princess by Elizabeth Chadwick

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: Little Brown Book Group UK

Pub date: 12 September 2019

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Set during the 1100’s King Stephen has just died and King Henry II now sits on the throne.

Richard de Clare had fought for King Stephen so was not welcomed to court by the new king. He kept his earldom but was stripped of Pembroke Castle.

Feeling like he needed a chance to prove himself he was given an opportunity to venture to Ireland where the kings of Ireland were fighting each other.

The King of Lenister, Diarmait MacMurchada recently exiled makes a deal with de Clare. If he comes to Ireland and fights with him to win back his land he will give him his most prized possession his daughter Aoife’s hand in marriage.

There are set backs, heartbreak and successful moments. There are lovable characters especially Diarmit and Raymond.

Due to rebellion their lives are never easy and this book is jam packed with great storylines.

I am unsure how we are meant to feel about Aoife but for me I didn’t like her at all I found her to be manipulative and untrustworthy and found myself cheering for her enemies towards the end but that didn’t stop me enjoying the book.

I do hope there is a sequel so I can read more about Raymond and Basilia and their lives following this book.

I believe this will be popular once published! Thank you to NetGalley and Little Brown Book Group UK for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.

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