Author: C.W. Gortner
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Received a copy through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "The truth is, none of us are innocent. We all have sins to confess.
So reveals Catherine de Medici in this brilliantly imagined novel about one of history’s most powerful and controversial women. To some she was the ruthless queen who led France into an era of savage violence. To others she was the passionate savior of the French monarchy. Acclaimed author C. W. Gortner brings Catherine to life in her own voice, allowing us to enter into the intimate world of a woman whose determination to protect her family’s throne and realm plunged her into a lethal struggle for power."
My Two Cents:
There are many people in history that seem to have only one story about them. For Catherine de Medici, it's a story of scheming and poisoning anyone who dared to defy her. I didn't know much about Catherine de Medici before this book but I did know her reputation for being in love with power and relying on some pretty ugly things to maintain the power of herself and her family.
|Portrait of Catherine de Medici|
Sometimes in seeing the motives for an action, while we may not condone it, things are made a little more clear. Is it right to poison your rivals? Probably not but we can at least see Catherine in a new light and what her thinking was when she committed some of the actions that she did. I really liked this book. As I said, I didn't know much about Catherine besides the tales of the various people that she poisoned to get her way before reading this book but she is definitely an interesting historical figure. I feel like I definitely understand her a little bit better.
Bottom line, this book is perfect for any history lover who wants to see Catherine de Medici in a new light and is definitely a good read.
4 out 5 stars
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Tuesday, May 24
Author Guest Post & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Wednesday, May 25
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Author Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Friday, May 27
Review at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Monday, May 30
Review at Broken Teepee
Author Guest Post & Giveaway at Queen of Happy Endings
Review at Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, May 31
Review at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, June 1
Review & Giveaway at Wendi’s Book Corner
Author Guest Post & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Thursday, June 2
Review at Luxury Reading
Author Guest Post (Books of a Lifetime) & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry
Friday, June 3
Author Interview & Giveaway at Confessions and Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog
Review at Historically Obsessed
Monday, June 6
Review at A Bookish Affair
Author Interview at Luxury Reading