Sneak peek: August 2012 new royalty books

Kings, damsels, and daughters! So many new historical novels are scheduled for publication in August that I decided to feature them exclusively in this month's sneak peek. (As always, publication dates are subject to delay.)

Of course, next month will bring plenty of new nonfiction titles on royal topics, too, including books about Ming princes, Mughal princes, and Queen Elizabeth I. To see the full list of new royalty books, visit the Royal Books page on August 1.

Lionheart by Thorvald Steen. Novel that paints England's King Richard I as a man living in the shadow of his own myth.

The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory. Richard Neville, 15th century Earl of Warwick, uses his daughter Anne as a political pawn in the court of Edward IV.

The King's Damsel by Kate Emerson. A young woman becomes maid of honor to Henry VIII's daughter Mary, then catches the eye of the king himself.

The Spymaster's Daughter by Jeane Westin. In the court of Elizabeth I, the daughter of the queen's powerful spymaster becomes a secret agent.

The Second Empress by Michelle Moran. Fictional account of the rivalry between Napoleon Bonaparte's second wife, Marie-Louise, and his ambitious sister Pauline.

The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade. An archaeologist discovers new clues to the disappearance of Russia's last tsar and his family.

The Shadow Queen by Rebecca Dean. Novel about Wallis Simpson, who captured the heart of Britain's King Edward VIII. (Published in the UK as Wallis.)

If I could only read one of these books, I'd have to go with The Kingmaker's Daughter because I am already a fan of the author. My second choice would be The Second Empress because, well, it just looks good (maybe because it has the best cover). Which book would you choose?

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