Audra Friend

About me

Audra Friend is a Boston-based book blogger who reviews as Unabridged Chick ( Audra studied anthropology and geography as an undergrad, and she’s most taken with novels that address the stickier side of history, place, and society as well as the roles of women, from royals to riffraff. Professionally, Audra has worked in the non-profit sector for the last ten years and is blessed with coworkers who don’t mind hearing about what she’s currently reading.

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Book Review: After Alice by Gregory Maguire

Title: After AliceAuthor: Gregory MaguireFirst line: Were there a god in charge of story -- I mean one cut to Old Testament specifics, some hybrid of Zeus and Father Christmas -- such a creature, such a deity, might be looking down upon a day opening in Oxford, England, a bit…

Book Review: A Year of Ravens

Title: A Year of Ravens: A Novel of Boudica’s RebellionAuthor: Ruth Downie, Stephanie Dray, E. Knight, Kate Quinn, Vicky Alvear Shecter, S.J.A. Turney, and Russell WhitfieldFirst line: We were both queens.Review: If you've ever harbored the suspicion or opinion that historical fiction is a genre just of corsets, heaving bodies,…

Book Review: Castles, Customs, and Kings (Volume 2)

Title: Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors (Volume 2)Author: Debra Brown and Sue Millard, eds.First line: Perhaps you know the significance of the year 1066, or the gist of the English Civil War, or that Mary, Queen of Scots, lost her throne.Review: This beefy volume…

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