Ann Rinaldi, a master of historical fiction, has set her sights beyond American history and has assembled a true masterpiece in her The Redheaded Princess, which is a colorful, distinct, and astonishingly realistic portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I's trials and tribulations on her journey to become one of the most memorable queens in history. Rinaldi's Elizabeth is intelligent and quick witted, but not without her faults, and each character's colorful rendering gives this version of what transpired nearly 500 years ago a depth that many lack.
The novel bears a complex balance between historical facts and a candid look into Elizabeth's day to day life. Despite the lapse of 20 years between the beginning and the end of the book, the story moves quickly and gracefully. Readers will enjoy immersing themselves in this well thought out, sophisticated, and highly authentic depiction of this strong willed and engaging princess whose undying determination and willpower, along with her willingness to accept assistance without being dominated, led her to achieve her destiny and birthright.