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The Serpent and the Pearl (The Borgia Chronicles series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 2 in The Borgia Chronicles series
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The novels of Kate Quinn are…
“Full of great characters.”—Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Epic, sexy.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Deeply passionate.”—Kate Furnivall, New York Times bestselling author
“A riveting plunge into an ancient world.”—C. W. Gortner, author of The Vatican Princess
About the Author
- File Size : 1381 KB
- Print Length : 434 pages
- Publisher : Berkley (August 6, 2013)
- ASIN : B009RYKXCA
- Publication Date : August 6, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #107,314 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book really brought the family to life, and I liked that the author, Kate Quinn, doesn’t make them completely unlikable, like many authors tend to do with the Borgia’s. I mean, face it, it’s pretty easy for an author to paint them as an immoral, greedy, scandal ridden family. The characters were obviously well researched, and well rounded. The novel was told through a couple different points of view, and I love when authors use this style of writing. I especially enjoyed the two fictional characters point of view,Carmelina and Leonello. Reading from the point of view of these two characters allows the reader to get a good look at the Borgia family from an outside perspective. These two characters are flawed, as are all people, and their mishaps and adventures in this book definitely help to make the story more interesting. I also liked reading Giulia Farnese's, the pope’s concubine, point of view. Often, in other books about the Borgia’s, she is painted negatively, so it was nice to see her from a different perspective.
Any lover of historical fiction will enjoy reading this book. I have four month old twin boys, and I found it hard to put the book down at times, and also found myself staying awake to read the book rather than getting much needed sleep! I cannot wait until January, when the next book in this series, The Lion and the Rose, will be available. I will be purchasing it as soon as it is available!
This novel definitely receives a FIVE out of FIVE stars from me!
What I loved:
1) The pacing. Every scene is necessary to the story. Some scenes are lush and lovely, others are ruthless or funny, but all of it is relevant.
2) The characters. You enjoy coming to know them by their thoughts, but then love them more for what you see about them through the point of view of other characters. I enjoyed the way the work wove together the character’s lives. They were rooting for each other, their lives connected, and this also deepened my connection to them as a reader.
3) The story. There’s romance, a person on the run, a turn of good fortune, a murder mystery, and the reality of true historical events in the Vatican under a Borgia’s Pope. I was easily engaged in the plot, and then had the added bonus of exquisite descriptions of 14th Century fashion and food.
I had the added benefit of listening to the audio book version of this, and the three main characters each have their own narrator. Between the work and the actors, this is one of the best audio book I have listened to in years, fantastic.
While there was nothing actually wrong with this book, it just didn't hold my interest like Quinn's other novels. By the time the papal court travels to Napals for the marriage of Pope Alexander's youngest son, I was just skimming through. Things got a little more exciting toward the end, but those last 20 pages couldn't rescue the previous 200. While it wasn't enough to interest me in the sequel, I am still holding out hope for her next book about ancient Rome, Lady of the Eternal City.