For the last couple of months, I have been spending nearly all my spare time working frantically on my current novel. Today, I’m going to take a little break because I picked up a copy of Kate Quinn’s THE SERPENT AND THE PEARL.
I adore her other three books, all set in ancient Rome, and I’m quite excited to read her first foray into Renaissance Italy, especially since it involves the eternally-fascinating Borgia family. (By the way, how sad is it that The Borgia’s was cancelled? I guess they had covered a lot of the history after three seasons, but I will still miss it).
Anyway, time for me to temporarily abandon The Belle Époque (the setting of my current project) in favour of Rome in the late 1400s.
Here’s the blurb for THE SERPENT AND THE PEARL
Rome, 1492. The Holy City is drenched with blood and riddled with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous – or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web . . .
Vivacious Giulia Farnese has floor-length golden hair and the world at her feet: beauty, wealth, and a handsome young husband. But she is stunned to discover that her marriage is a sham, and she is to be given as concubine to the ruthless, charismatic Cardinal Borgia: Spaniard, sensualist, candidate for Pope – and passionately in love with her.
Two trusted companions will follow Giulia into the world of the Borgias: Leonello, a cynical bodyguard bent on bloody revenge against a mysterious killer, and Carmelina, a fiery cook with a gift for delicious food and a past full of secrets. But as corruption thickens in the Vatican and the enemies begin to circle, Giulia and her friends will need all their wits to survive in the world of the Borgias.
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?