Book Blast! The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia by C.W. Gortner
The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia by C.W. GortnerPublication Date: February 9, 2016.
Publisher: Ballantine Books.
Hardcover, Ebook, Audiobook
Genre: Historical Fiction.
Infamy is no accident. It is a poison in our blood. It is the price of being a Borgia. Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized 15th-century Renaissance Italy. Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty’s ambitions. Slandered as a heartless seductress who lured men to their doom, was she in fact the villainess of legend, or was she trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival? With the ascension of the Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia as Pope Alexander VI, the new pope’s illegitimate children—his rival sons, Cesare and Juan, and beautiful young daughter Lucrezia—assume an exalted position in the papal court. Privileged and adored, Lucrezia yearns to escape her childhood and play a part in her family’s fortunes. But Rome is seductive and dangerous: Alliances shift at a moment’s notice as Italy’s ruling dynasties strive to keep rivals at bay. As Lucrezia’s father faces challenges from all sides, he’s obliged to marry her off to a powerful adversary. But when she discovers the brutal truth behind her alliance, Lucrezia is plunged into a perilous gambit that will require all her wits, cunning, and guile. Escaping her marriage offers the chance of happiness with a passionate prince of Naples, yet as scandalous accusations of murder and incest build against her, menacing those she loves, Lucrezia must risk everything to overcome the lethal fate imposed upon her by her Borgia blood. Beautifully wrought, rich with fascinating historical detail, The Vatican Princess is the first novel to describe Lucrezia’s coming-of-age in her own voice—a dramatic, vivid tale set in an era of savagery and unparalleled splendor, where enemies and allies can be one and the same, and where loyalty to family can ultimately be a curse.
Praise"Assiduously researched and expertly crafted . . . . This unholy plunge into Rome's darkest dynasty is wholly engrossing." - Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author "A spider web of Renaissance intrigue with a legendary cast . . . Impressive research, a lush background, and deft characterization make for a fascinating read." - Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author "Elegantly written and deeply researched . . . Renaissance Italy is vividly brought to life. I’m captivated by this knowledgeable author’s take on the controversial Borgias." - Alison Weir, NYT bestselling author
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Wednesday, February 10 The Lit Bitch/ The Never-Ending Book/ A Dream within a Dream/ What Is That Book About.
Thursday, February 11 Laura's Interests/ The Reader's Hollow/ Flashlight Commentary.
Friday, February 12 Let Them Read Books/ To Read, Or Not to Read.
Saturday, February 13 So Many Books, So Little Time/ Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne.
Sunday, February 14 100 Pages a Day/ With Her Nose Stuck In A Book.
Monday, February 15 A Book Geek/ A Bookish Affair/ Puddletown Reviews.
Tuesday, February 16 Just One More Chapter/ Historical Fiction Obsession/ Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More.
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Thursday, February 18 The True Book Addict/ Ageless Pages Reviews.
Friday, February 19 Passages to the Past/ Kristin Un-Ravelle'd/ Book Lovers Paradise.
Saturday, February 20 Beth's Book Nook Blog/ One Book Shy of a Full Shelf.
Sunday, February 21 Carpe Librum (Seize The Book)/ Seize the Words: Books in Review.
Monday, February 22 Broken Teepee/ Book Drunkard/ The Reading Queen.
Tuesday, February 23 Teatime and Books/ View from the Birdhouse/ Historical Fiction Connection.