4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
historically rich, questionably crafted,
This review is from: The Scroll of Seduction: A Novel of Power, Madness, and Royalty (Paperback)
I agree wholeheartedly with the reviewer who said that it would have been lovely if Ms. Belli focused exclusively on the story of Juana and Philippe the Handsome. That part of the novel was an absolute joy to read! Not only did Ms. Belli capture the time period and present her extensive historical research beautifully, but she also managed to make Juana very human--I felt for this fiery, reluctant queen who was manipulated throughout her life by the men who wanted to crush her spirit. And the chemistry between her and Philippe was palpable, which made the deterrioration of their relationship even more painful.
I truly don't understand why Ms. Belli felt the need to weave this story in with the larger plot of Lucia and Manuel. It seemed to me like the Lucia/Manuel story was merely a device to tell Juana's story, and if that is the case, why not simply tell Juana's story and leave it at that?
There were also tons of spelling mistakes in the English version. I know that translation is tricky, but I would think that it would also make the editors doubly diligent about mistakes.