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The Cardinal's Heir [Kindle Edition]

Jaki Demarest
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Cardinal Richelieu is dead, a victim of poison. The throne of France, which he has long protected, is once more unstable as rival factions vie for power. But the Cardinal has appointed two heirs: one to his religious position, and one to head the elite spy ring that has maintained France's fragile political balance. Francoise Marguerite de Palis, the Cardinal's lovely but low born niece, is devastated by her uncle's murder and vows revenge, which she sets out after immediately. Though the task is daunting, she at least has some formidable tools at her command. Not only is she now the head of the Cardinal's Eyes, but is arguably the most powerful Sorciere in all France. Shapeshifting into her character Biscarrat, notorious swordsman, she sets out to find her uncle's murderer. But with an unexpected ally. Handsome and dashing Jean de Treville, head of the King's Musketeers, is saddened to learn of the Cardinal's death, though both headed groups not generally fond of one another. Sadness turns to stunned amazement, however, when he learns who has been appointed to lead the Cardinal's spy ring and who is also, in fact, the swordsman who has bested him on numerous occasions. Not to mention the beautiful, and untouchable, wife of Court favorite, Antoine de Palis. But just as there is more, much more, to the enchanting Francoise, so is there more than simple murder afoot. Side by side, Francoise and Jean descend into a maelstrom of magic as they battle another powerful Sorcier, and enter a bloody race to obtain a fabulous jewel. And the throne of France hangs in the balance, supported only by the magic and mastery of the cardinal's heir.

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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, thorthebarbarian.com

About the Author

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1932815104
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (November 1, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079M8P4U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous 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.

Ugh.

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
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! December 8, 2004
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars All for One and One for....Herself? 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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5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal!
One of the best books that I have read in a long time. The author sublimely combines historical events with modern day wit and humor. I am truly sad to finish this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brandi Dringus
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheezy romance... not my cup of tea
Cheesy romance novel presented as a backdrop to Dumas. too bad it went that way the storyline actually has potential for a decent adventure novel.
Published 14 months ago by teutab
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading
I must say what I enjoyed most about the story was its characters. The author does a good job shaping the character's personalities, and their complexities move the action of the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Paige
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a romance book
I don't read romances. Made a mistake but the idea if shape shifters working in our history kept me reading. That is a good idea.
Published 16 months ago by Donald Shannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Book
A good book to relax with; Good characters, not too deep; Just a good relaxing read. Like historical novels, romance part is entertaining.
Published 17 months ago by RobbieLee
2.0 out of 5 stars not worth the price
I am a voracious reader of fiction so I felt cheated by what was said to expect from this book and what it actually is. Read more
Published 18 months ago by HAbaum
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Historical Fiction
The Cardonal's heir is an entertaining read, though I could not help seeing the future Hollywood film treatment rolling in my head as I read. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Daniel Livermore
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It was very entertaining kept you on your toes I would read more of Jaki Demarest never knew what would happen next.
Published 18 months ago by dee mckinney
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but I won't be re-reading it
The presentation of historical figures was interesting, and the marriage/politics/economics were accurate for the time and place. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eleanor Latham
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I found it hard to become interested in the story. There was too much politics involved for my taste. Although I liked the references to the Three Musketeers.
Published 18 months ago by J. Hebel
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