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In Carroll's conclusion to her Dark Queen series, Catherine de Medici returns, still eager to claim the knowledge of the Book of Shadows. Catherine enlists the ruthless Louis Xavier to kidnap Meg Wolfe, a sorceress who is reputed to have the knowledge, from Faire Isle where she is under the protection of Ariane Deauville. Xavier, who has unfinished family business on Faire Isle, wants nothing to do with the place, but washes ashore there when his ship veers off course in a storm. Once on the island, he falls in love with Lady Jane Danvers, Ariane's successor, but his peace is shattered by the reach of the Dark Queen, who must be destroyed if any of the women of Faire Isle are to survive. While the focus is mostly on Louis Xavier and Meg's stories, familiar characters from previous installments appear. The backdrop of political upheaval in France in 1588 is an exciting and extravagant setting, but the ending feels anticlimactic in light of the terrifying threat the Dark Queen has posed throughout the series. Carroll's fans, however, should be well satisfied. (Aug.)
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Susan Carroll is an award-winning romance author whose Dark Queen series books include The Huntress, The Silver Rose, The Courtesan, and The Dark Queen. She lives in Rock Island, Illinois.See all Editorial Reviews
I love this series; I wish there more to read. I read the last one in one day; couldn't put it down. The author really captures your attention with lots of twists and turns. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cindy Elwell
Susan Carroll's "Twilight of a Queen" is a fascinating glimpse into the last days of her Dark Queen, Catherine de Medici. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Evelyn Klebert
The book about Queen Catherine de Medici. There are three more books written by Susan Carroll: "Dark Queen". Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Yuliya
This book is one of a series which I enjoy. Easy to get into as you are ready for this installment. Recognizable characters.Published on February 3, 2013 by petuniabugg
I loved this series. Historical fiction, romance, good versus evil, and a little magic to boot. Is there a 6th book???Published on December 4, 2011 by luv2read
Susan Carroll's Twilight of A Queen makes for a good Saturday-afternoon read. Mystical and historical, Carroll blends the last days of the reign of Catherine de Medici (the Queen... Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by Julia Brantley
Catherine de Medici is still on the lookout for the Book of Shadows. She hires a pirate, Louis Xavier, to help her find the book. Read morePublished on June 23, 2010 by Melissa
This is another wonderful edition to the Dark Queen series. Once again Carroll has woven an interesting story amidst a plethora of intriguing characters. Read morePublished on November 8, 2009 by Jennifer Rothwell
Susan Carroll has become my favorite author ever since I stumbled upon "the dark queen" a few years ago. Since then, I've tried my best to read all her books. Read morePublished on September 4, 2009 by jen