The Widow Queen

Macmillan Audio. (The Bold, Bk. 1). Apr. 2021. tr. from Polish by Maya Zakrzewska-Pim. 23:50 hrs. ISBN 9781250789808. $78.99. F
Cherezinka has written a fictionalized feminist history of the real-life 10th-century Polish princess Swietoslawa, whose father, the duke of Poland, plans to commit her to a politically advantageous marriage. He gives her a choice between the prince of Denmark, the prince of Norway, or the king of Sweden, but Swietoslawa is an independent young woman who doesn’t want to be forced into a loveless marriage; she feels she can rule on her own. Swietoslawa’s history is fascinating, and Cherezinka vividly brings her era to life, but this audiobook is heavy going. There’s a lot of detail that makes for a slow listening experience. However, the audiobook does allow listeners to hear the Polish names spoken aloud, and Cassandra Campbell does a remarkable job narrating the book.
VERDICT Fans of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones may be attracted to this title. Otherwise, it is an additional purchase for most libraries.
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