THE SERPENT AND THE PEARL
Genre: Historical Fiction(Rome 1492)
Series: A novel of The Borgias #1
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Trade (August 6, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425259463
- ISBN-13: 978-0425259467
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.
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A BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kate Quinn is a native of Southern California . She attended Boston University, where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she’s written three previous novels set in ancient Rome — Mistress of Rome, Daughters of Rome, and Empress of the Seven Hills — all of which have been translated into multiple languages. Kate lives in Maryland with her husband.
THE SERPENT AND THE PEARL by Kate Quinn is an intriguing Historical Fiction set in 1492 Rome. #1 in “A Novel of The Borgias”,what a beginning! Fast paced and filled with deceit,betrayal,passion,secrets,revenge,enemies,mystery,corruption and friendship. Follow Giulia Farnese,Cardinal Borgia,Leonello,Carmelina and a cast of characters that are as wicked as they may be good. Cardinal Borgia is beyond wicked,he is a Spaniard bent on having his way at all cost. Giulia is forced to be his concubine by her doting husband or his he a spineless jerk…..Oh well, let’s move on,my thoughts. We have all heard of The Borgias,or some of us anyway. “The Serpent and The Pearl” virtually comes to life on these pages…you can almost feel Giulia’s pain. A riveting tale with engaging,and charismatic characters. A dangerous web of deceit,and the legendary rise of the Borgias in ancient Rome,as told through the eyes of a young girl,Giulia. A very complex,compelling tale of lust,betrayal and let’s not for. If you enjoy historical fiction,early Rome, and a great read than I would suggest you pick up “The Serpent and The Pearl” for your reading pleasure. A great read from beginning to end. I can hardly wait to read the rest of the story……Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More