Most of our Featured Books have been by LGBT authors or about LGBT subjects, but we’re a diverse group with diverse reading tastes and I want to reflect that. This is a book I’m nearly finished reading and have enjoyed from the first page. Isabella – The Warrior Queen tells the story of Queen Isabella of Spain. She was fiercely intelligent, fearless, headstrong, and a remarkably successful monarch. History has unfairly led many to think of her as the second name in Ferdinand and Isabella, but she had the throne and the power that came with it. If you’re a fan of history (I also love historical fiction), you’ll be engrossed by Kirsten Downey’s richly detailed and impeccably researched story of Spain’s greatest queen. – Mark/Editor
Born at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman Empire was aggressively expanding, Isabella was inspired in her youth by tales of Joan of Arc, a devout young woman who unified her people and led them to victory against foreign invaders. In 1474, when most women were almost powerless, twenty-three-year-old Isabella defied a hostile brother and a mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León. Her subsequent feats were legendary. She ended a twenty-four-generation struggle between Muslims and Christians, forcing North African invaders back over the Mediterranean Sea. She laid the foundation for a unified Spain. She sponsored Columbus’s trip to the Indies and negotiated Spanish control over much of the New World with the help of Rodrigo Borgia, the infamous Pope Alexander VI.