Catherine de Medicis is one of my most favorite queens in history. I’ve read a lot of books on her…..I mean how could you not admire her in some ways? She was about as cutthroat and unapologetic as they come which I kind of admire in some of history’s most famous queens.
Her name is notorious so when this book came across my nightstand for review, I jumped on it. While it is not about Catherine herself necessarily, it’s about the Medicis so that was enough for me! Plus I don’t know much about her children, just about her, so I was really interested in reading this one.
Princess Margot is summoned to the court of France, where nothing is what it seems and a wrong word can lead to ruin.
Margo’s mother, Queen Catherine, is notoriously known as Madame la Serpente. Catherine is a powerful force in a country that is continually devastated by religious war. Margo must learn how to navigate the royal court. Margo is an obedient daughter and accepts that she will likely be a marriage pawn but she doesn’t plan on falling in love.
But the Duc de Guise is charming, powerful, and wins her heart. However, Margo is promised to Henri of Navarre who is looking to secure a much needed truce. The marriage that promised peace though is only an illusion though. Queen Catherine’s schemes are endless, and Margo’s brothers plot vengeance in the streets of Paris.
When Margot’s wedding devolves into the bloodshed of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, she will be forced to choose between her family and her soul.
This is my first novel by Perinot, I know she has written another historical fiction book set in the French court, so clearly this is a period that she loves and that shows in her research. The way that Perinot describes the court makes the reader feel like they are right there, and the historic characters are well written and true to their forms for the period and what history tells us of these characters. She captured the political intrigue so well that I felt like I was right there experiencing it myself. So well done on the historical elements!
Margot’s character wasn’t an immediate ‘like’ for me but by the end I was mesmerized by her. She was very complex with many layers to her. When she came to the court, she was so eager to please and be a dutiful princess which kind of bothered me a little as she almost came across too innocent. But then as the novel went on she bloomed into this really intriguing character. She wasn’t afraid of making hard decisions and while I didn’t always love each choice she made, I understood why she did things. I loved that the novel was told in the first person, because then the reader could really connect with Margo’s character from the get go. A very well written and interesting character for sure!
The thing I was most sad about in this book was that it only covered a short period of Margo’s life. I get that you have to end a novel somewhere, and I understand that the period selected was probably the most historically valuable but I still felt like I wanted more for some reason. When the book was over, I felt like it was a complete story, however I also felt at odds because I wanted to keep reading about her and how things continued to evolve through her life but at the end of the day, I was satisfied.
Can we talk for just a minute about the cover?! BEAUTIFUL! I love the chateau in the background and the image of ‘Margo’ on the front in red works so well with the background and the colors selected. It suggests glamorous, mysterious (because she has her back toward us), and romantic. I absolutely love the cover!
This was a great read. If you are a fan of Marci Jefferson, Stephanie Thornton, or C.W. Gortner then you will LOVE this book! It’s full of royal intrigue, political conflicts, betrayals, romances, and historical figures that have unique stories to tell. This is a great read, pick it up without question!
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Kindle Edition, 384 pagesPublished December 1st 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books
- Review copy provided by: Publisher as part of the HFVBT book tour in exchange for an honest review
This book counts toward: NA
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- Books for Challenge Completed: NA
Recommendation: 4.5 out of 5
Genre: Historic fiction, romance
Memorable lines/quotes: NA
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