1483, Westminster. The bells toll for the dead King Edward IV, while his rivaling nobles grasp for power. His daughter Cecily can only watch as England is plunged into chaos, torn between her loyalties to her headstrong mother, Elizabeth Woodville, and her favourite uncle, Richard of Gloucester. When Elizabeth schemes to secure her own son on the throne that Richard lays claim to, Cecily and her siblings become pawns in a perilous game.
The Yorkist dynasty that Cecily holds so dear soon faces another threat: the last Lancastrian claimant, Henry Tudor. Meanwhile, Cecily battles with envy towards her older sister, who is betrothed to Tudor.
The White Rose of York has turned its thorns inwards, and royal blood proves fatal…
Princess of Thorns is a sweeping tale of loyalty and treason, ambition and family bonds.
Princess of Thorns will be released as ebook and paperback on the 1st of March 2021.
Quotes from Goodreads:
”Many may often find it hard to properly relate to historical figures, having lived so long ago and under such different circumstances, but Hillbom makes it easy to care about Cecily. She’s imperfect, but earnest. She never quite manages to rein in her emotions like her perfect older sister. She’s a survivor, continuing despite every loss. At the core, she’s just another young woman who never truly wants anything but love and approval, yet is denied that again and again before she finds what she truly needed all along.
The story told is a quiet one, taking place behind the scenes of the major historical events and within the shadows of more powerful people. It acknowledges how women are forgotten, their names rarely spoken after their burial. Those women are given words here, a view of their life that most history books would deny, motivations beyond marriage and childbirth, and a look at the wars they waged in silence.
For a slow-burn that will still steal your attention and break your heart, Princess of Thorns is the perfect pick.”
”A heart breaking but great read! I would highly recommend it. I wasn’t really that bothered about the historical genre but this book definitely changed my mind. It also made me realise how lucky I was to be born at this time as they had it really tough back then. You really get to know the characters really well and feel like you know them.”