Author Ella March Chase follows up her debut novel, The Virgin Queen's Daughter, with Three Maids for a Crown, another novel that takes readers back to Tudor-period England, this time focusing on the three Grey sisters who were the grand-nieces of Henry VIII. The three sisters -Jane, Mary and Katherine -were marked from birth as key pawns in the complex political world, all because they carried Tudor blood in their veins through their mother, Frances Grey, the daughter of Henry VIII's sister Mary. From the beginning the girls' parents and other nobles conspired to use them as part of their plots to take power. And as Edward VI's regain was coming to an end (Henry VIII's son), it became more apparent that the sisters' worth was about to sky rocket. Jane, being the eldest, was the natural frontrunner, and was elevated to the throne -and then just as quick pulled down. Branded a traitor instead of a royal, the conflict sends shock waves through the Grey family. Mary, always the charming and sweet one, worries about her marriage prospects and Katherine, a dwarf who was born with a twisted spine, finds herself spurned with a potential lover.The tale of the Grey sisters is a fascinating one that paints a unique picture of women during the period, as well as how political plots helped elevate -and destroy families. However, I did not think that Chase did the story the kind of justice it deserves -let me back up for a moment. I've read a couple of historical fiction novels about Lady Jane Grey, and thus far the "best of" award goes to Alison Weir's Innocent Traitor. And, sadly, Chase's novel just doesn't stand up to this book -or others.In fact, I would outright say that I was somewhat disappointed in Three Maids for a Crown. After loving Chase's first novel, I was set to enjoy every aspect of Three Maids, and was completely drawn in by the story of the Grey sisters -but it just did not deliver. Something about the writing just didn't seem as crisp as Virgin Queen's Daughter, and the story itself was just not as intriguing and the characters hazier and not as believable. It was especially difficult for me to discern between the different characters when it switched POV -they all sounded the same to me.Three Maids wasn't a complete loss, but it wasn't a great read either and something of a disappointment after the first Chase novel.