Victoria: The Queen is a journey through the life of one of the greatest rulers of her time, young Victoria. It deals with her difficult childhood, teen years, and goes until the end of her life; making sure to use history as a buffer and explanation for her actions and recourse throughout the book. It's a deep dive into one of the most political and interesting figures of recent history, and to be honest, I didn't finish this sucker. I've read it off and on for about three weeks and I just can't do it anymore. I will finish it, I just have ELEVEN more reading hours to go. It's going to take some time. I'm going to go over some of the things I liked about the book anyway.
1. Victoria's youth and attitude are explained through her experiences as a child. This goes into elaborate details about her tutor and nanny, the way her mother raised her, to the over-involvement of a strong hand of a man desperately grasping for power. It reeks of court drama, and it's horrible and interesting at varying turns.
2. Her love of Albert, Prince Consort, overshadows much of the book, similar to her real life. It goes over their strengths and the struggles they endured as they dealt with a literal power struggle in their relationship.
3. Much of her personal relationships are explored through this biography, explaining several of her missteps as a young queen.
I think this is a great read for someone very in love with history and biographies. It's almost too in depth for the average reader though. Starting out at a heavy double digit reading time, you have to really love Queen Victoria to make it through this monster length of a book, even if it is interestingly written.
~I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review from Netgalley~
~This Book is scheduled to be released November 22, 2016~