Happily, I don't know much about this period of history, so I read unencumbered by how much license Gregory might have taken, or not, with historical facts. [...] I understand few historians have researched Jacquetta, so this was an opportunity to create exciting fiction around real historical events. In Gregory's first novel in the trilogy, The White Queen, she introduced Melusina, the water goddess, much to my annoyance because I just did not see the need for it and I felt it took away from the plot. [...] just as I got comfortable and acclimatised, Jacquetta became uncomfortable with her gift and this discomfort takes away some of the Melusina's credibility, and also robs the story of some dramatic tension it could have used. [...] I understood Margaret of Anjou much better than I did Jacquetta. Margaret's character arc is much more pronounced - you see her transition from a simple bride to a hard-headed, unyielding ruler who in refusing to include the Yorkist faction in governing the realm, loses it altogether and plunges England into wars lasting two generations.