Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll

I like fantasy in my historical fiction books, as long as it's not distracting. Just the right amount of fantasy will do it, and The Dark Queen had just the right amount.

Taking place during the French Renaissance, The Dark Queen tells the story of the Cheney sisters, daughters of the earth, most specifically the oldest Ariane, known as the Lady of Faire Island. Not only does she have a Comte perusing her hand in marriage, but a mysterious stranger has arrived on Faire Island, with strong evidence against Catherine de Medici for the death of the Queen of Navarre.

While Ariane tries to crack the evidence to prove how evil the Dark Queen is, she also finds her feelings about the Comte de Renard changing. Oh, and there's also a deranged witch hunter running around, which isn’t helping matters.

I like Ariane. She was a strong woman despite her feelings that she would never be as good a Lady of Faire Island as her mother. She eventually finds her strengths and even surprises herself when she meets Catherine face-to-face.

This was a fantastic historical fiction novel. It had everything: romance, action, intrigue and magic. After I finished with it, I had to dive right into the next book in the series, which is about the next Cheney sister Gabrielle, who we find out in The Dark Queen is haunted by a horrible memory.


Svea Love said...

I loved this book! I will be looking forward to your thoughts on the next book in the series; it did not capture my attention very well, but the 4th book in the series, The Huntress, was tied with The Dark Queen in being my favorite.

Mystica said...

This book is new to me and also sounds intriguing. Would like to read it.

Joanne said...

This review reminds me that I have to read the next few books in this series....I liked it, too, but have heard that some are not as good as others. (sigh) many books!

Daphne said...

This was the first historical fiction type book that I read which put me on the hunt for more. I loved it and will always have a soft spot for it! Glad you enjoyed it as well.

Amelia said...

Hey Christy! You're absolutely right - the right amount of fantasy involved adds a nice extra edge to a historical fiction novel. I loved this one too. IMO, it's the best of the series :D
Glad you enjoyed this one!