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Publisher's Note:

Historian and New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is acclaimed for her absorbing works about the infamous House of York and House of Tudor lines. In A Dangerous Inheritance, Weir uses her wealth of knowledge to craft a compelling novel about two women, living 70 years apart, who are linked through the mysterious disappearance of King Richard III's nephews, Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury - also known as the Princes in the Tower.…

A Dangerous Inheritance

by Alison Weir

Overall Book Review:

A Dangerous Inheritance is a story fraught with power struggles, family drama and forbidden love. Alison Weir explores the lives of two royal Katherines, both who find themselves in terrible predicaments that they have little to no control over. Readers will find both girls’ stories equally interesting, as Weir sprinkles language of the time into the fast-moving dialogue and descriptive settings.

The novel also addresses the infamous story of the missing princes in the Tower. Weir offers her take, as well as great historical insight into the centuries old mystery. It was particularly interesting to read Weir’s portrayal of King Richard III, a controversial figure whose body was recently discovered under a parking lot in England. A Dangerous Inheritance is fantastic and engaging historical fiction.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Ballantine Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  34 religious exclamations, 4 mild obscenities, 47 derogatory names, 1 scatological word.

Violence/Gore:  A few verbal threats; numerous reports of violence in the battlefield or on the execution block; a character is whipped; a character is slapped twice. In brief non-detailed scenes of violent death, characters are beheaded or suffocated. Blood and gore are mentioned after beheadings. 

Sex/Nudity:  Frequent kissing and sexual references; two incidents of caressing; numerous implied or reported accounts of sexual activity; two accounts of caressing; numerous implied or reported accounts of sexual activity; two incidents of touching area normally covered by a bathing suit; two incidents of nudity with sexual innuendo; several mature discussions regarding marriage consummation/sex; one mention of sexual activity without explicit details between adults; two explicit descriptions of sex between adults. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Illegitimacy, death of a family member, war, separation, murder.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Frequent drinking.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.