2 stars · Books · Contemporary · Historical · Mystery · Reviews

The Collector of Dying Breaths

Again, it suffered from the same problem. Except that I just couldn’t understand the characterization of Catherine de’ Medici.

I am someone who likes Catherine de’ Medici, a woman who had done her all to save France as she could. And even from a young age didn’t enjoy the sheltered living that many said she had.

And that her marriage life had been marred with issue after issue. I liked her for her story, for her eventual choices. And nothing justifies her better than the Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C W Gortner.

And this just didn’t cut it. I did not feel transported to Renaissance France, during an era which was tumultuous with the rise of the Huguenots and the struggles of the family she married into.

And neither does anything else. I was just plain bored and baffled by the story. There was no direction. And like the previous it lacked in trying to go deeper, harder into the deep secrets. Even as I was more patient then because of the narrator. Here there’s none of that.

And that’s why I dropped. It got me at Catherine de’ Medici. But little else.

Rating: 2 out of 5


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