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.
Soaring, fascinating… this book has it all.
Historical fiction can be a hard juggling act–how to make the story historically accurate, especially in this case since the people are real people, and how to keep the tale interesting. Ms. Perinot did just that. She kept my attention and made me want to know more about this wild group of people.
The writing flowed well and kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t put the book down or wander away at any time. I had to know what would happen next and what decisions Margot would make next.
Margot is a tough cookie, despite the circumstances she ends up in. The Medicis family is well known as a ruthless bunch of people.I could relate to her coming of age story, Margot’s that is. She’s trying to find her way and figure out who she is despite a family that wants to use her. Talk about a tough life! The secondary characters are well written and vibrant as well.
I’m glad I picked up this novel. Good reading!