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2 June 2018

The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll - Book Review

The Dark Queen was my read for the Easter holidays. It's the perfect romantic historical read for a getaway, a holiday or just unwinding after long a long day. I especially liked buying it for myself as I found it in a second hand bookshop in Florence, left in a corner where no one could see it. 

The story is set in France (Brittany and Paris) in the 16th century. Ariane de Cheney, the Lady of Faire Isle, owns mystical skills and protects the island from dangers. But in Renaissance France, Queen Catherine de Medici has some sinister ambitions. When a wounded stranger and a nobleman with a mysterious past, the Comte de Renard, arrives in Faire Isle, Ariane will have to face her feelings, while the Dark Queen will do everything to keep her secrets concealed. 

I found the book structure and style of writing to be incredibly similar to Nora Roberts's. Starting from two love stories happening at the same time, to plot twists and drama, I could remember the books I read a few summers ago.

I am excited to say that I'll be translating a part of the book as my final summer project. I have always enjoyed literary translation and this will be my longest attempt, so I'm looking forward to that.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun romantic read with a fantasy twist to it.

Goodreads: 4/4.

My edition: Susan Carroll, 2005. The Dark Queen. Ballantine Books: New York.

Have you read any book on Catherine de Medici?

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