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Review: Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois by Sophie Perinot

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About Médicis Daughter

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, Margotís intimidating mother, Queen Catherine de MÈdicis, 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.

MÈdicis 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.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

My Review

A well penned glimpse into the machinations of court life through Margot’s point of view.

Margot is a pawn, used for power and political gain in the court of her brother. You understand her predicament along with emotions as she blossoms from adolescence to marriage.

Meticulously researched granting readers access to the life and times of the 16th century. Minute descriptions vividly depict the backstage and public schemes of court, first person narration adds to the level of intimacy presented.

Highly recommend this well researched, written and vivid display of Margot along with the times the 16th century, not excluding her peers.

About Sophie Perinot03_Sophie Perinot

SOPHIE PERINOT is the author of The Sister Queens and one of six contributing authors of A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii. A former attorney, Perinot is now a full-time writer. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her three children, three cats, one dog and one husband.

An active member of the Historical Novel Society, Sophie has attended all of the groupís North American Conferences and served as a panelist multiple times. Find her among the literary twitterati as @Lit_gal or on Facebook.

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Publication Date: December 1, 2015 Thomas Dunne Books

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2 Comments

  1. I’m glad you liked this one. I thought that her story was very interesting but the writing didn’t work for me. It felt more like a young adult novel and seemed very silly and childish at times.

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    • I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book until I was completely finished, even then I had to ponder. I was expecting something different but after digesting what I read I enjoyed its uniqueness. Seeing everything through Margots eyes was a challenge at times, one POV can be frustrating and initially I struggled. It didn’t come together for me until the end when I considered everything I read and the way it was presented. Yes, at times it felt very juvenile, I’m thinking this was intentional given Margots age and level of maturity. Pretty sure there will be the Love It or Hate It camps, nothing in between. Certainly was an entertaining read, once again not at all what I was expecting.

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