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"For an absolutely enchanting tale filled with humor, magic, and mayhem, pick up a copy of The Cardinal's Heir today."  —Romance Reviews Today

"Jaki Demarest is a talented storyteller who weaves magic into the storyline. . . . This is a fantastic work of romantic fantasy."  —Harriet Klausner

"As fascinating as the tale itself are the appearances of famous characters from history and literature. I was pleased to run into D'Artagnan from The Three Musketeers. You won't be disappointed if you buy this book."  —Jamaal Williams,

About the Author

Jaki Demarest is a writer. She currently resides in Virginia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1129 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (November 1, 2004)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2004
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079M8P4U
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 72 people found the following review helpful By polkadots on February 17, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Before I bought this book, I was fairly excited about reading it. It looked promising; the plot seemed interesting, as did the characters. I'm a fan of mystery, and The Cardinal's Heir seemed like it would have a fairly mature one.


I couldn't have been more wrong. This book is horrible. After reading 30 pages, I felt like I couldn't go on. The way Demarest writes is painful to read. Her attempts at wit fall very short-I LOATHE authors who try to be witty, but in a very conventional sense of the word. It's horrible, no? That's what happened here.

The dialogue, which, for me, absolutely needs to be well written, was atrocious. No other word can describe it. Demarest has set in the story in the mid 1600s, but the characters, especially Francoise, speak as we do today, slang included. It made me cringe every time I read the word "Yup." The only person that I liked were her husband-NOT enough.

The story also has absolutely no depth whatsoever. Yes there's a murder, but the whole thing still feels like a big ball of fluff. It's much too light. When you finish it, the most it'll get out of you is a "Well. Huh." And maybe you'll chuck it across the room like I did.

Also the "romance" was much too rushed, way too early. Not even one hundred pages in, and they're already having an "affair." Very unbelievable.

All in all, everything about the book felt like it was written by an anxious 12-year-old. Demarest's biography on the back does nothing to refute this claim.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Romantic Reviews on November 23, 2004
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Paris, 1642

Cardinal Richelieu is dead. Loved by a few but hated by many, the most powerful man in France was poisoned. Richelieu's baseborn but secretly beloved niece Francoise Marguerite de Palis, Comtesse de Pau, is one of the few who grieve over the elderly man's deathbed. She is determined to find the man or men who conspired to kill her uncle. A murder investigation is not the usual place to find a woman of the nobility, no matter that she is baseborn. But Francoise is different from most women. First, she's the head of the Cardinal's Eyes, an army of spies and assassins who provided Richelieu with all of his intelligence. Second, Francoise is arguably the most powerful Sorciere in all of France. With her uncle dead, Francoise would rather retire to Venice to live out her life in peace, but she promised to keep France safe and, of course, Richelieu's murder must be avenged. What's surprising is who assists her in her quest, handsome Captaine Jean de Treville, head of the King's Musketeers and the sworn enemy of the Cardinal's Eyes.

Jean de Treville is flabbergasted when he learns at Richelieu's deathbed that his worst enemy, one he has fought and lost to on more than one occasion, is a woman, and a woman he lusts after at that. Embarking on an investigation with a woman proves difficult, his protective instincts warring with his knowledge of Francoise's skills. Soon, they're at odds about her involvement in certain aspects of the case. But through it all, Jean knows that he is falling in love with the beautiful spy.

Together the two follow the leads which seem to implicate everyone from the King and Queen of France to Francoise's best friend and fellow spy, Andre.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By booklover on December 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved it! Smart, funny, impeccably researched, an absolute feast for fans of Dumas. You'll recognize Biscarrat and Kitty from The Three Musketeers, and Madeleine from Twenty Years After, all rendered with enjoyable revisionist twists. Fans of Joss Whedon will enjoy the writing style, especially the banter. Internal monologues are also hilarious.

Not a sappy romance, thank g-d.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 24, 2005
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I occasionally by books without carefully reading the blurbs, sometimes I seem to buy them unconsciously. When this happens I have a tendency to doubt my judgment and stick the book on a back pile. Such is what happened to The Cardinal's Heir, which languished for a year in my catacombs before I finally decided to read it. Now I fear that I have done the writer a disservice. The book is good, actually very good, and my review would have been more helpful a year ago, when it was more available and the writer's hopes were high.

Blame it on Cardinal Richelieu, who I've never liked. But, the good Cardinal dies quite early in the book, and the real star is Francoise Marguerite de Palis, his niece, who inherits the leadership of the Cardinal's Eyes, his spy network and must set about proving the worth of a woman in the excruciating politics of the court of Louis the XIII. Francoise is a hard pill to swallow - she is intelligent, deadly in her own right, fixated on finding Richelieu's killer, and a sorceress to be reckoned with in a France that still burnt witches.

Men, of course, are a complication in Francoise's life. André de Sorlin - faithful companion and master assassin, Jean de Tréville - Captain of the Musketeers and often Richelieu's opponent, and her husband - a man of little or no character and a great deal to pay for. Thus it should be since deep down below the plot line, this is a romance story Jaki Demarest deserves some note for creating one in which the plot is more important than the love scenes. She even indulges in some wanton character development, which makes this much more of a novel then a break neck passion fest.

Francoise's quest to solve her uncle's assassination keeps expanding.
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