QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Felber (aka Edith Layton) easily
moves from Regency romance to
historical fiction with this book about Isabella, the wife of Edward II -- a woman as fascinating, complex and passionate as the era. With a deep understanding of Isabella's motivation, Felber brings humanity to a woman whose actions changed the course of history in a vibrant, colorful, intelligent work of fiction.
Isabella's story is told in tandem with that of Welsh-born lady-in-waiting Gwenith de Percy. Gwen is caught up in Isabella's life, and her passionate loyalty allows Isabella to pursue her private agenda while Gwen serves as her eyes, ears and messenger in an era of high intrigue. It also presents Gwen with a chance for true love. (NAL, Nov., 304 pp., $14.00)