Reign of Madness...Review...DNF

About the book:
From the author of
The Creation of Eve, a novel of royal intrigue and marital betrayal set during the Golden Age of Spain.

One of the most famous figures in all of Spanish history is Juana de Castile, who would come to be known as Juana the Mad. She was a fiercely intelligent princess who inherited Queen Isabel's throne and married a man so beautiful he was called Philippe the Handsome. But what began seeming like a fairy tale ended quite differently.

After Queen Juana's husband died, she was accused of insanity and locked away in a palace, unseen by her people for the next forty-six years. What happened between her fairy-tale beginning and a locked tower room? Sweeping, page-turning, and wholly entertaining, Reign of Madness is historical fiction at its richly satisfying best.

I tried.  I gave it nearly 200 pages.  I am not knowledgeable about Spanish history and I was not  familiar with Juana of Castile or her history.  This book is a fictionalized account of her life and while the author seems to have definitely done her research well, I just couldn't get into it.  It's a tragic, ultimately unhappy story and one that I just didn't care enough about to finish reading.

Fans of historical fiction will undoubtedly love it as will fans of Lynn Cullen.

Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Lynn Cullen here.  You can purchase your own copy here.  You can see other reviews and tour stops here.

Monday, July 25th:  In the Hammock
Tuesday, July 26th:  Rundpinne
Wednesday, July 27th:  Unabridged Chick
Thursday, July 28th:  Debbie’s Book Bag
Monday, August 1st:  The Broke and the Bookish
Tuesday, August 2nd:  A Fair Substitute for Heaven
Wednesday, August 3rd:  Books Like Breathing
Thursday, August 4th:  Peeking Between the Pages
Monday, August 8th:  2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews
Tuesday, August 9th:  Broken Teepee
Wednesday, August 10th:  Raging Bibliomania
Thursday, August 11th:  Cafe of Dreams
Monday, August 15th:  A Library of My Own
Tuesday, July 16th:  Life in Review
Wednesday, August 17th:  Simply Stacie
Thursday, August 18th:  Book Addiction
Monday, August 22nd:  One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
Wednesday, August 24th:  Starting Fresh

Read 7/11

1/5 Stars


  1. 200 pages is certainly giving it a fair shot. Sorry it didn't work for you.

  2. Oh, too bad. Personally, I'm looking forward to reading this one, but I know what it's like to have the wrong book at the wrong time, too! Better luck with your next read!

  3. I'm sorry this one wasn't a good fit for you!


Post a Comment