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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (May 27 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416590889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416590880
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By buyer on Aug. 9 2005
Format: Paperback
While this book is not like her other historical fictions, it is still one of the best books I have read in a long time. I loved it so much I bought one for my Mom, Aunt and best friend, all of them also loved it. This book is a little twisted, but in a very real way. You can completely relate with the main character as she makes one bad decision after another that leads her down a trail of witchcraft, seduction, betrayal and deciept... The historical information is there but more importantly and more outstanding is the fantastic tale that is woven from the day a little girl takes her first steps alone all the way to the final leap as she realizes what is truely important... I don't understand why those other two reviews were so bad. If you like Anne Rice or Wilbur Smith's writing you'll love this. All the great story writing of both without the overly boring descriptives that can drag on in Rice's work or the lack there of in Smith's.
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By Elisha on April 22 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the best books I've ever read, I couldn't put it down. It does deal with mature themes so I wouldn't recommend it for a very young person but what do you expect it's historical fiction. If you're looking for something engrossing, maybe even a little heavy but something to get absorbed in than this book is for you. I love Phillipa Gregory's work but this one stands out, it's not like her other books so be warned!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Cousins on May 25 2009
Format: Paperback
After reading all of Philippa Gregory's Tudor novels and becoming addicted to her stories and her style, I expected to enjoy The Wise Woman. I started the book wanting to like the main character and kept reading in the hope that she would come to some type of redemption - alright, I guess you could make a point of saying that the very end of the book was a redemption of sorts, but what an unsatisfactory one! So much could have been done with this character. What I discovered was a book that became increasingly difficult to read. There are aspects of this book that are just downright nasty. There are times when Gregory seems to be pushing things to see just how much she can "gross out" her readers with details that are just unnecessary. With intrigue, history, religion, superstition, and sex, this book could have been an beguilingly good read. I did finish it but was quite happy to be done, an experience unlike that with other Gregory novels. Hugely disappointing and definitely not recommended.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melody on July 30 2009
Format: Paperback
The main character is 16 years old but don't let that fool you. Half way through the book you come to realize this book is not what you thought it was and totally inappropriate for a young teen (although many of today's teens would not be shocked or surprised by the content). All that being said, I did enjoy reading it for the smut that it is. Don't expect to be wowed by inspirational passages and deep characters. It's just a quick read with a little bit of graphic sex thrown in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula C. Aird on April 11 2010
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Certainly not as enjoyable as 'The Other Boleyn Girl' by same author. In fact at times I thought it got down right creepy. At the very end perhaps, Alys tries to redeem herself but in such a dramatic way it was unfulfilling.
The book depicts a depraved justice system as well as negative attitudes towards women at the time. The two main female characters in the book derived worth from the fact that they were pregnant with a son presumably.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By v. rubin on May 15 2009
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This book was hard to read for a few differnt reasons ,it was hard to believe at points , was really gross at times,the story at times is so over the top. I would not read this book again and would not recommend it.
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