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The Queen's Vow -- C.W. Gortner
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NO ONE BELIEVED SHE WAS DESTINED FOR GREATNESS—until she became one of history’s most powerful and controversial queens.

Young Isabella is barely a teenager when she is thrust into danger. Suspected of treason and held captive, she treads a perilous path, until, at age seventeen, she finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Spain.

Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure her crown, she is determined to wed the one man whom she has vowed to love yet is forbidden to her—Fernando, prince of Aragón.As together they unite their two realms under "one crown, one country, one faith," Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by enemies. With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor, Torquemada, even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus.

But when a violent, treacherous battle against an ancient adversary erupts, it will test Isabella’s resolve, her courage, and her tenacious belief in her destiny . . . .

From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen’s Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and the complex, fascinating heart of the woman who overcame all odds to become Isabella of Castile.

"Gortner avoids romanticizing and sentimentalizing . . . a believable account of a woman determined to control her own fate and shape Spain into a great country." 



"Beautifully-crafted . . . Vivid details blend with intensive research to recreate Isabella and Castile in a way that is compelling and immersive." 

Romantic Times

"Gortner's latest historical novel should have strong appeal for historical fiction fans." 

Library Journal