This was an excellent book! I recommend reading The Dark Queen first, or you'll be a bit lost.
Highly recommended historical drama, sequel to The dark Queen.
Witchcraft and the Dark Arts, Intrigue & Betrayal. The bittersweet love story of the honorable Capt.Remy and the lovely courtesan, Gabrielle,one of the Cheney sisters of Faire Isle. Two wounded souls who find love and redemption.
My favorite in the series. I've read this book twice so far and would read it again. You fall in love with the characters in the first book, and are happy to see this book focus on them. Great read.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as 'the Dark Queen'. It was well written, but had more of the pure romance genre feel to it. Not a bad read, but not up to par with the first in the series either.
I found this book very exciting and sexy!
As w/The Dark Queen I tore through this book. It was compelling. Held my interest and never let me dow
Wonderful... just as great a read as the first in the trilogy.
This is the story of Gabrielle Cheney, the middle sister of the Cheney sisters. Her only claim to fame is that her painting talent is magical. The results are so real looking that one feels like one could walk into them. That talent disappears when she is raped by a man she thought loved her. Distraught and feeling worthless she becomes a courtesan seeking beauty, fame and riches. She attains her goals but remains unhappy. When the second man she feels something for reappears (she thought he was dead) she realizes that she loves him. However, life is not to simple as the two of them cope with the wicked dark queen, a selfish witch who uses her for her own ends and a famed witch hunter. This is a good read.
Couldn't even make it to 100 pages. More romance than historic novel - not my cup of tea. These things should be required to have pink and purple covers and pictures of Fabio to alert the masses. ;- )
The book started off kind of slow for me, maybe because I wanted to read more about Ariane and Renard (from the first book) but once this book got started, you couldn't put it down. The only problem is that I'm a little lost on where Cass went? She just disappeared? Kind of disappointed in that aspect.
While I liked the first book in this series fairly well, I just couldn't get into this book. I barely finished it, then with a lot of skipping around. I thought the third book was better, although predictable. It was just too much that she came to town to be a courtesan and was anything but.
Gabrielle Cheney has established herself as both a woman a court, and in the arms of the men of Paris, and she is even dabbling in becoming the mistress of the Huguenot Navarre king. However, one thing always takes Gabrielle's mind away from her conquest of power, the memory of her love the young captain Remy; who perished in the Huguenot masequere or so she believes until she receives the shock of her life, and then the tug of war begins between two very strong personalities. This part of the novel bothered me. The tug of war between Gabrielle and Remy; normally I can understand tug of war between two lovers, but the nobility in Remy's character to which he expects her character to live up to; and the attack that Gabrielle suffered were a bit over done. I suppose with these two at each other's throat's that is the point but opposite's had to attract in this book with Gabrielle's selfishness at other points because I could not stand it. I have a feeling this will be my least favorite book of the series, with amulet's, crazy bipolar friend's and Nostradamus sightings.
The 2nd in the series and just as good as book 1. Can't wait to read book 3.