The Last Queen in paperback

The wonderful novel brought to you via the brilliant mind of C.W. Gortner will be available in paperback on May 5, 2009.  If you've yet to read this book, what the heck are you waiting for?  It's fantastic!

C.W. will be gracing Passages to the Past with an interview on May 6th, so mark your calendars!  Oh, I almost forgot to mention the best part - we will be having a giveaway for one copy of The Last Queen, so stay tuned!
One of history's most enigmatic women tells the haunting, passionate story of her tumultuous life. Juana of Castile is just thirteen when she witnesses the fall of Moorish Granada and uniting of the fractured kingdoms of Spain under her warrior parents, Isabel and Fernando. Intelligent and beautiful, proud of her heritage, Juana rebels against her fate when she is chosen as a bride for the Hapsburg heir - until she arrives in Flanders and comes face-to-face with the prince known as Philip the Fair, a man who will bring her the greatest of passions, and the darkest despair. One by one, tragedy decimates Juana's family in Spain. Suddenly, she finds herself heiress to Castile - a realm on the verge of chaos, prey to avaracious nobles and scheming lords bent on thwarting her rule. Juana vows to win her throne, until the betrayal of those she loves plunges her into a ruthless battle of wills - a struggle of corruption, perfidy, and heart-shattering deceit that could cost her the crown, her freedom, and her very life. From the somber majesty of Renaissance Spain to the glittering courts of Flanders, France and Tudor England, Juana of Castile reveals her life and secrets in this captivating historical novel of romance, grandeur, power and treachery by the acclaimed author of "The Secret Lion."


  1. This was one of the best books I read last year. So good!

  2. Wow! I love the new cover art!

  3. I haven't read this yet but want to!

  4. Jen - it was also in my top reads, I liked it so much that I'm planning on reading it again!

    Lezlie - isn't that pretty? I thought so too!

    Dar - well, you better get your hiney back here when I post the giveaway - hopefully you'll win. I think you'll really like it!

  5. I really liked this book. The new cover is absolutely gorgeous - I almost want to buy it just for the cover even though I have the hardcover!

  6. I've read some of the history behind poor Juana, and whew...poor woman. It amazed me that I had never heard of her before either. Looking forward to the contest and interview.

  7. I loved this book with all of my heart! I love the new cover, too!


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