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Is it possible to give less than one star I think this may well be the worst book I ve ever read all the way to the end The heroine of the story was so selfish and unconcerned with anything but her own material pleasure that I swear I only finished the book in hopes that I d get to see her die a brutal death at the end. I can t decide whether I really like the book or it was a waste of my time Spoiler alert Personally, I don t find Alys, the supposed protagonist, sympathetic or likable She is motivated by self preservation, greed, and pure selfishness I wanted to know what made her this way, but all I got was that she was probably starved for affection when she was a toddler but when she joined the nunnery, she was loved by the head mistress There was a lot of affection and expectation So, it still I can t decide whether I really like the book or it was a waste of my time Spoiler alert Personally, I don t find Alys, the supposed protagonist, sympathetic or likable She is motivated by self preservation, greed, and pure selfishness I wanted to know what made her this way, but all I got was that she was probably starved for affection when she was a toddler but when she joined the nunnery, she was loved by the head mistress There was a lot of affection and expectation So, it still really didn t explain this interesting, but frustrating character trait.What I found hard to understand was that she killed,like sacrificed, her first mother firgure in order to save her own hide when this woman was infact trying to help her Then she denied even knowing her loving second mother figure even as this second woman was sentenced to death by fire.To be sure, I don t know what it s like to be driven by self preservation under the constant threat of death by hanging being a witch or by burning at the stake being a heretic This, of course, is on top of all the other unpleasant possibilities of being tossed out without any viable means to support herself.But something about this character strikes me as partially unbelieveable I just don t buy that Alys would act the way she does in the book, and I don t buy the ending The author, through the reading club questions, implies that Alys chose to die with Mother Hildebrand, but it doesn t ring true with me I think she dreamt the ending while sleeping in her comfortable bed with Hugo s heavy arm slung over her swollen belly.It was interesting to see how Henry VIII s marriage woes for the wives, that is affected the kingdom in general.Would I recommend the book I would, with some hesitation, but ultimately, this book left me unsatisfied, with the ending, with Alys, and with the fate to two mother figures This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Set during beginnings of the English Reformation in the Tudor Era up in Durham County England Northern Counties this story follows the life of Alys as she manipulates and is manipulated by people and events Glimpses of the well known people and events of the period are shown Queen Catherine s being put aside divorce, and death Fall of Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour s rise and so on providing reference points and indicating why witchcraft culminating in the the Anti Witchcraft Law was so heavi Set during beginnings of the English Reformation in the Tudor Era up in Durham County England Northern Counties this story follows the life of Alys as she manipulates and is manipulated by people and events Glimpses of the well known people and events of the period are shown Queen Catherine s being put aside divorce, and death Fall of Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour s rise and so on providing reference points and indicating why witchcraft culminating in the the Anti Witchcraft Law was so heavily feared This review isn t the easiest to write Alys initially is a semi sympathetic main character pushed to and fro by the conditions, events, and people of the time in her own small way being a small non important person in terms of the world stage She is only nine when the story begins and understandably her worldview is shaped by her experiences and desires wants However she also displays some very terrible qualities which include betraying those who ve taken time to care and help her after the halfway point in the book make her extremely hard to even like In some facets this behavior is understandable, but not entirely However by the time the betrayal events begin to happen she is old enough to know the consequences and know better Even saving her own skin doesn t justify her actions at least to me She does illustrate the baser attributes of human nature cloaked in the concept of superstition and sin So it is an abstract commentary on that in its own way I ll illustrate some briefly spoilers under here She is a foundling raised by a local wise woman who has lost her own lands due to the actions of a malicious local farmer for gain At the age of about nine she is enticed into a nunnery She wants this because it is clean, the food is plentiful, and she will be cared for and safe Not a bad choice for a poverty stricken child However to do this she must give up her childhood sweetheart Tom What is not immediately revealed is that Tom s parents decided that she was unsuitable after her foster mother lost her property and offered basically gave her to the Abbess So that Tom would be free to marry another girl of their choosing She takes vows at age fourteen and by now is able to read and write The Nunnery is destroyed by fire English Reformation by the local lord s son during a night of debauchery and for financial gain She is the sole survivor Eventually she ends up at the local lord s castle and falls for the young lord after the requisite moral struggle over being a fallen nun Having turned to the dark arts she tries to kill his wife, and then does sacrifice her foster mother in an effort to save her own skin by accusing her of witchcraft which the woman had naught to do with This gets you to about the halfway point in the book She gets darker from there but does gain what she wants kinda sorta well be careful what you wish for is a good example of the underlying premise of this book not really but she thinks so for much of the book Which is another weird twist as she knew he had destroyed the nunnery et al and ruined her life there How she would even let herself fall fro him no matter how attractive is beyond me Admittedly it wouldn t have made for much of a plot otherwise but it seems so idiotic and trite here I ve ruined everything you loved and wanted out of life now you desire me Booyah hey I managed to put Booyah into a review D The setting is done well and illustrates much of the daily conditions of life then I do think some of the clothing was a bit too fine for the young lord s wife but it is a work of fiction Ms Gregory does well with her setting Because of the main character and some of the portrayal I cannot rate this as high as I might have otherwise due to the fact that having endured some of the ordeals she sends others through blithely I may add I wouldn t have thought she d be that cruel Even with the explanation of her darker nature taking over Some of the extraneous not to mention brutal sex scenes were a bit much too That last being a purely personal opinion 2.85 stars Update I didn t put this in originally because I wanted to check a few things Having reviewed part of the novel and looked at some history I m certain that this novel is a parallel telling of Henry VIII, his wives, and some of the surrounding important figures of the time done in microcosm Some is a direct parallel, others arean amalgam or analogical Hugo is Henry in composite of all his years , Catherine is Catherine of Aragon also a slight amalgam of others including Queen Mary if you consider her pregnancy as a reference to her daughter , and Alys aka Sister Ann is reference to Anne Boleyn I think Tom is a reference to Henry Percy, although it could also be a composite of someone from Anne Boleyn or Katherine Howard s past youthful love With the events of the English Reformation it highlights the internal and external machinations of the period This book is remarkable only in its utter awfulness I ve read probably half a dozen of Gregory s books and have always enjoyed them Usually fun, fluffy, and easy to read, her books serve as a nice palate cleanser after a particularly intense read This one, however, left a decidedly bad taste in my mouth I honestly believe that Gregory must have been going through some sort of crisis as a writer when she wrote this one She mocks herself as a writer, her genre, and her readers.Not a single ch This book is remarkable only in its utter awfulness I ve read probably half a dozen of Gregory s books and have always enjoyed them Usually fun, fluffy, and easy to read, her books serve as a nice palate cleanser after a particularly intense read This one, however, left a decidedly bad taste in my mouth I honestly believe that Gregory must have been going through some sort of crisis as a writer when she wrote this one She mocks herself as a writer, her genre, and her readers.Not a single character in this book was likeable in fact, they were all despicable Why would anyone want to read this drivel Rapists, murderers, martyrs, rediculous witchcraft and black magic And no grounding at all in history Um, if you hadn t guessed yet, I do not recommend this book to anyone What the fuck did I read Very nicely written, intriguing book I love absolutely every book written by Phillipa Gregory She writes from the woman perspective and she seems to be a medium and a very good psychologist to be able to transfer so many feelings in her writings Is like she was there and is telling the true story Amazing So I am currently making my way through all Gregory s novels I am a huge fan of the Tudor court novels which meant Gregory was propelled to the top 5 of my favourite authors in my teens All I can say is that these early novels are quite out there I m not sure what I just read, and actually I am a little grossed out However, that being said, I was still gripped and the ending did have some impact on me It was a jaw hanging open moment for sure I loved that about this novel, the shock and So I am currently making my way through all Gregory s novels I am a huge fan of the Tudor court novels which meant Gregory was propelled to the top 5 of my favourite authors in my teens All I can say is that these early novels are quite out there I m not sure what I just read, and actually I am a little grossed out However, that being said, I was still gripped and the ending did have some impact on me It was a jaw hanging open moment for sure I loved that about this novel, the shock and surprise throughout What will this girl do next How can love and obsession propel you to do the most desperate acts This novel remains in the historical fiction category that Gregory excels at, and follows our main lady Alys as she navigates her way through Henry VIII Tudor period Alys is strong willed and will do anything to win the man she loves, Hugo Anything, including witchcraft, which paves the way for a troubling and tense novel It s quite thought provoking to say the least, and makes you realise how dreadful these women had it in this time period Gregory s writing does not disappoint.The reason I scored this 3 stars is that this book went places I was not expecting and to be honest there is one part of this book if you have read It you will know that was so out there that it bordered along the lines of fantasy I was actually quite sickened and I did think It was all a little too much However I do appreciate It was part of the tale it just felt a bit extreme for me and I did have to put the book down as I was so stunned At places I did feel uncomfortable and a little freaked out but Is It not good writing that pushes you to feel these things I m undecided as to whether I liked it as It took me to the unexpected or just felt completely grossed out Regardless, I can t wait to see what the next novel brings This is definitely different from other books by Gregory, it is so much darker than her norm but I liked that a lot There were some scenes where I was totally shocked that I was even reading a book by her the birthing scene, the orgy, etc I absolutely hated Alys s character because she was such a shitty person, and I was really surprised at how cruel she could be and how she could betray everyone she ever loved so quickly Again, I m not used to such characters in Gregory s Tudor series Spe This is definitely different from other books by Gregory, it is so much darker than her norm but I liked that a lot There were some scenes where I was totally shocked that I was even reading a book by her the birthing scene, the orgy, etc I absolutely hated Alys s character because she was such a shitty person, and I was really surprised at how cruel she could be and how she could betray everyone she ever loved so quickly Again, I m not used to such characters in Gregory s Tudor series Speaking of, and I know another reviewer has mentioned this as well, the life at Castleton was a complete parallel to life at Henry VIII s court I ve heard some people say that they were bored with parts of this book, but if you aren t aware of Tudor history, then it s bound to be boring to you lol For example Hugo is Henry, unable to father a son on anyone so he plans to set his wife aside for an heir Catherine is Catherine of Aragon, set aside by her husband and forced to watch as he courts other women who bring about her downfall She dies in loneliness and disgrace, just as Catherine of Aragon did And Alys Sister Ann is Ann Boleyn, who is insanely ambitious and will do anything in her power to keep the kings love and conceive a son Ann Boleyn was also accused to witchcraft many times.As for the ending, I m pretty disappointed There was all this buildup and fear of Morach s ressurection and of the little dolls finding her and I was actually really hoping that they would, as mean as that sounds, because she deserved it Lol It was just anticlimactic at the end (Free Pdf) ⚢ The Wise Woman ð New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory weaves an unforgettable tale of a young woman s sorcery and desire in Henry VIII s England, where magic, lust, and power are forever intertwinedGrowing up as an abandoned outcast on the moors, young Alys only company is her cruel foster mother, Morach, the local wise woman who is whispered to practice the dark arts Alys joins a nunnery to escape the poverty and loneliness she has felt all her life, but all too soon her sanctuary is destroyed King Henry VIII s followers burn the holy place to the ground, and Alys only just manages to escape with her life, haunted by the screams of her sisters as they burned to death She finds work in a castle not far from where she grew up as an old lord s scribe, where she falls obsessively in love with his son Hugo But Hugo is already married to a proud woman named Catherine Driven to desperation by her desire, she summons the most dangerous powers Morach taught her, but quickly the passionate triangle of Alys, Hugo, and Catherine begins to explode, launching them into uncharted sexual waters The magic Alys has conjured now has a life of its own a life that is horrifyingly and disastrously out of control Is she a witch Since heresy means the stake, and witchcraft the rope, Alys is in mortal danger, treading a perilous path between her faith and her own power Ok at one time, this book was hard to find The only way I was able to get it was throughBut now that Philipa Gregory has become a household name among Henry the Vlll fanatics as myself, it is available again The book is a grisly tale about dark powers and desires It is a tale of passion and witchcraft in 16th century England Alys is raised by Morach who is a feared wise woman of the moors Alys does not like living with her so joins a Catholic nunnery One day a young lord, Hugo and Ok at one time, this book was hard to find The only way I was able to get it was throughBut now that Philipa Gregory has become a household name among Henry the Vlll fanatics as myself, it is available again The book is a grisly tale about dark powers and desires It is a tale of passion and witchcraft in 16th century England Alys is raised by Morach who is a feared wise woman of the moors Alys does not like living with her so joins a Catholic nunnery One day a young lord, Hugo and his men burn the abbey to the ground during a drunken rage, and Alys is the only one to escape and run back to Morach She has lots of guilt for abandoning her dying nuns and this guilt stays with her through the book Eventually, Alys and Hugo do meet again for she once again leaves Morach and becomes a sort of minister to his father, helping him with his letter writings, etc That is where things start to get out of hand Attracted to Hugo regardless of his murderous past, Alys starts practicing Witchcraft to rid him of his wife Catherine Her spells start to work all to well and things get way out of hand and beyond her control Philippa Gregory brings out a hair raising horror and suspense novel that was so brilliantly written, it blew me away I really thought it was farintriguing than The other Boleyn Girl This is probably the darkest novel she has ever written All should read this