Title: The Lady of the River
Author: Philippa Gregory
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Summary: Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death at the hands of the English rulers of France. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream.
Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the duke’s squire Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the duke’s death leaves her a wealthy young widow. The two become lovers and marry in secret, returning to England to serve at the court of the young King Henry VI, where Jacquetta becomes a close and loyal friend to his new queen.
The Woodvilles soon achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta can sense the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of royal rivals. Not even their courage and loyalty can keep the House of Lancaster on the throne. Henry the king slides into a mysterious sleep; Margaret the queen turns to untrustworthy favorites for help; and Richard, Duke of York, threatens to overturn the whole kingdom for his rival dynasty.
Jacquetta fights for her king, her queen, and for her daughter Elizabeth for whom Jacquetta can sense an extraordinary and unexpected future: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York.
A sweeping, powerful story rich in passion and legend and drawing on years of research, The Lady of the Rivers tells the story of the real-life mother of the white queen.
Why I'm Excited: I've only read one Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl, but I absolutely loved it. I imagine that I won't be reading this particular book anytime soon since I believe it is part of the Cousins' War Series (The White Queen and The Red Queen are part of this series as well) but I would love to read more of her work and I know that she is a very popular author, so I thought I would share with everyone else.
Album Title: Night of Hunters
Artist: Tori Amos
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Why I'm Excited: I've been on a really big kick for female vocalists lately. I've been listening to a lot of Florence and the Machine and Lights especially. I'm also a big sucker for things like Sarah Mclachlan. Anyway, I discovered Tori Amos several years ago and I haven't listened to too much of her music, but I have really liked the things that I have listened to. I didn't know she had a new album, but I think I would actually like to pick this one up and listen to it. Assuming that the samples that I listen to seem like they're going to be good.