It turns out 2016 is the year where I finally get my act together on my blog and start up some regular features. Here’s another one! Welcome to “Book Addiction.” This is where I will be sharing what books (usually historical fiction) I’ve been reading and falling in love with lately, in hopes that you can discover them too.
If I share a book that you have already read and you feel like discussing, please leave a comment or email me. I never get tired of talking about books.
Today’s feature is Médicis Daughter by Sophie Perinot. Following the early life of Marguerite de Valois, this dark and carefully-crafted tale sweeps the reader to the dangerous world of Renaissance France, full of court intrigues and religious tensions between the Huguenots and Catholics.
This book seriously has everything you could want for hours of gripping reading escapism. To name a few:
– Romance with a charismatic duke
– An intimidating queen, who is not more approachable for being the main character’s mother
– Family drama (which is putting it mildly)
– Enough schemes and court politics to keep even Cersei happy
– Action and bloodshed (I mean, it is called the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre for a reason)
– And best of all, a strong and intelligent heroine who manages to remain true to herself, in spite of her royal family’s unpredictable demands
From the book jacket:
Winter, 1564. Beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to the court of France, where nothing is what it seems and a wrong word can lead to ruin. Known across Europe as Madame la Serpente, Margot’s intimidating mother, Queen Catherine de Médicis, is a powerful force in a country devastated by religious war. Among the crafty nobility of the royal court, Margot learns the intriguing and unspoken rules she must live by to please her poisonous family.
Eager to be an obedient daughter, Margot accepts her role as a marriage pawn, even as she is charmed by the powerful, charismatic Duc de Guise. Though Margot’s heart belongs to Guise, her hand will be offered to Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot leader and a notorious heretic looking to seal a tenuous truce. But the promised peace is a mirage: her mother’s schemes are endless, and her brothers plot vengeance in the streets of Paris. When Margot’s wedding devolves into the bloodshed of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, she will be forced to choose between her family and her soul.
Médicis Daughter is historical fiction at its finest, weaving a unique coming-of-age story and a forbidden love with one of the most dramatic and violent events in French history.
Add this one to your reading list, especially if you like stories with lots of passion and ambition.