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In this sprightly prequel to her bestselling Through a Glass Darkly, Koen transports readers to the Restoration court of England's King Charles II. As England recovers from civil war, the court is awash in intrigue, treachery and debauchery. Koen's protagonist, Alice Verney, "a born courtier, wily, patient, steadfast," and maid-of-honor to Queen Catherine, moves seamlessly through this glittering world. When King Charles's sister is poisoned, Alice suspects the mysterious Henry Angel is responsible and has Queen Catherine as his next target. Alice allies with the duke of Balmoral, a statesman and one of the king's advisors whom she hopes to wed, and the young handsome Richard Saylor, the commander of the Queen's Guard, to foil Angel's plot and expose the conspirators within the English government. As she races to save the queen, Alice is increasingly torn between the wealthy, powerful duke of Balmoral and the lowly but dashing Saylor. Koen knows her material and painstakingly recreates the Restoration period. Her large cast—both historical and fictional—are sharply rendered, and the larger-than-life Alice makes a memorable heroine—imperious, even vindictive, but always unwavering in conviction. Koen blends history, mystery and romance to craft a historical romance that will delight fans of the genre. (Sept.)
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Karleen Koen has been largely absent from the literary scene for 20 years, and critics who enjoyed Through a Glass Darkly herald her return. Reviewers agree that Koen's deep knowledge of world politics and daily life during the Restoration contributes to the strength of her writing, which appears undiminished by her time off. Her handling of romance is delicate, with passion confined to a few kisses and clearly peripheral to the plot. The real focus is scandalous intrigue, much of it based on historical fact. The novel's length bothered some, but all agreed that Dark Angeles is a richly imagined historical romance.
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Lots of British history. If you are not familiar with the names it is kind of difficult to follow.Published 16 days ago by sadie
A prequel to "Through A Glass Darkly" and "Now Face to Face", which I loved (esp. the first one). However, this book can stand on ts own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Snakewoman
I love this series and only hope that Karleen Koen intends to continue this story line. I just wish I had read this book first as it introduces one of the main characters.Published 5 months ago by Barbara Satterly
I read 3 of Ms koen's books several years ago. And started a re read of them recently. knowing Dark angels is about the Barara's grandmother (heroine of though a glass darkly) I... Read morePublished 8 months ago by bluewynd
Love Karleen Koen Brooks they are so very detailed and exceed my attention.Published 9 months ago by K. Bellamy
I wish the ending would have told more about Richard and Alice's first couple of years at Tamworth together, since the next time we hear of Alice and Richard is when Alice is a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mary C
So much better than the average historical novel. Wonderful plot, very good historical detail and a compelling heroine.Published 11 months ago by Bailey Morris Eck