The Last Queen

The Last Queen - C.W. Gortner,  Marguerite Gavin I had very mixed feelings about this book. It was almost painful reading (listening, actually), because I knew how it ended, and I really wanted things to happen differently. However, C.W. Gortner's somewhat revisionist take on Juana (known to history as Juana la Loca, or the Mad) is very intriguing, and he portrays her as a passionate, courageous woman who would have been a worthy successor to her mother, Isabella of Spain, had the men surrounding her allowed it.

The reader was also wonderful, with an expressive voice that conveyed Juana's changing emotional states very effectively.