2 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Mystery · Reviews

In The Presence Of Evil

I just couldn't even guess what this story had in mind. Set in the time of a mad king, but it doesn't really know or guess what it intends to do. The story is about Christine who wishes to become a scribe. And she does without taking any real risks and at the same time… Continue reading In The Presence Of Evil

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4 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Historical Romance · Literary · Reviews · Romance · Women's Fiction

The Masterpiece

By all means this was far better than her previous. Set in the late roaring twenties and the early depression and the 1970s, this was a book which talked a lot about art. But mostly about what it is like to be a woman during that time. Clara is the shining example of the story.… Continue reading The Masterpiece

4 stars · 5 stars · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Legends · Literary · Reviews · Women's Fiction

The Romanov Empress

This was a story of a woman who tried her best to save the monarchy of Russia. Even if it will not be successful. If anything, she was a brave woman. Beginning from the time she was a princess, and slowly to becoming a Russian Dowager Empress. The change as she grows is astounding, wise… Continue reading The Romanov Empress

1 star · Alternate History · Books · Fiction · Historical · Reviews

The Boleyn King

If anything, this was not a good book on having Anne Boleyn survive. There are many many alternate histories surrounding her and a possible son. And this doesn't really do her justice, or even Elizabeth for that matter. Who by all means should have been somewhat smarter than the dull princess I saw here. She… Continue reading The Boleyn King

3 stars · 4 stars · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Legends · Retellings · Reviews

Mademoiselle Chanel

If anything, this was the story which was different. Although it was not to the exact idea I had for a long time. Chanel was a woman whom captured my interest. A woman who never married and worked her way to her own fortune. It was one of the most inspiring works, but I feel… Continue reading Mademoiselle Chanel

4 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Literary · Reviews · Women's Fiction

Marlene

I really liked the story of Marlene. Once again, this was a story of a real woman. A woman who lived her life the way she wanted it to be lived. As herself and no one else. In a way that made me feel for her as well. That her road was not easy, paved… Continue reading Marlene

4 stars · Books · Historical · Historical Romance · Intrigue · Literary · Mystery · Paranormal · Reviews

Bohemian Gospel

This was something that I liked incredibly much. Even as the last chapters had me mostly wondering what happened and whether there was time skip. But the story opens in a way that is unforgettable and even later never loses sight of who Mouse is as a character. And for all that she is, she… Continue reading Bohemian Gospel

3 stars · Books · Fantasy · Fiction · Historical Fantasy · Retellings · Reviews

Spinning Silver

This was a wholly much better work. But I feel that it just lost the steam as it got to the end. The beginning opens with a girl who collects money because her father won't. And that is how she will survive. She also happens to be a Jew and I incredibly like the contrast… Continue reading Spinning Silver

3 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Intrigue · Legends · Literary · Reviews

The Map Of Salt And Stars

This is a work which I enjoyed as much as I was baffled by how certain things went. At the same time I liked the atmosphere and the setting. But the story is split into two, one about Rawiya and her travels. The things that made her life, when she made her way to Sicily… Continue reading The Map Of Salt And Stars

3 stars · Books · Historical · Historical Fantasy · Literary · Magical Realism · Reviews

Deathless

I just couldn't wrap my head around anything that is happening in this story. I did like Marya in how she handled many many things. And the story always seemed to know where it was going, a cautionary tale which warned Marya at the beginning. And when she betrays it something happens, that changes her… Continue reading Deathless

1 star · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Reviews

The Inquisitor’s Wife

I'm just mostly disappointed with the book. Despite being set in Spain, during a time were anyone and everyone could be a suspect of religious heresy and charged. But it just didn't understand what it was trying to do at all, when it has a lot of words spending it with a girl whose father… Continue reading The Inquisitor’s Wife

4 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Intrigue · Legends · Literary · Reviews

The Vatican Princess

This was one of the most difficult emotional journeys I have read. For a girl like Lucrezia to know that those closest to her are the very ones she could not trust. That they used her to their own gain, and left her to reap the consequences. That they thought her an object, a pawn… Continue reading The Vatican Princess

4 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Intrigue · Literary · Reviews

The Queen’s Vow

For a story being about such a controversial Queen, this done her justice. The best moments were the middle of the novel before she was crowned and when she was fighting for her throne. And all the issues she dealt with such as her husband's infidelity, and hinting that eventually he might do his own… Continue reading The Queen’s Vow

2 stars · Books · Fantasy · Historical · Historical Fantasy · Reviews

Ink, Iron And Glass

I was pretty much disappointed in how the story was handled. The story is set in an interesting setting the Italian states before any house had unified it into one. The magic was largely very very vague about what it was. Throughout the entire story I had no idea what the world was like at… Continue reading Ink, Iron And Glass

4 stars · Biography · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Literary · Reviews · Women's Fiction

The Last Queen

If anything, this was the story of a Queen who simply had too many tragedies happen to her. And at the same time, it is a story where a woman must discern what was right and what is wrong. Everyone around her wishes to use her to accomplish something. Or seem like it. Her mother,… Continue reading The Last Queen

4 stars · 5 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Historical Romance · Intrigue · Literary · Reviews

World Without End

I feel that this is the strongest entry in the series. Unlike Pillars of the Earth, where it was at times dragging here I feel that the world came alive, and I cared for almost every character here. Regardless of who they were. And it all begins when a boy becomes a carpenter's apprentice. Merthin… Continue reading World Without End

4 stars · 5 stars · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Light Novels · Literary · Reviews · Women's Fiction

The Confessions Of Catherine De Medici

If anything, this is one of the most human accounts of her. She is portrayed as the scared little girl, the woman who was queen in all but name, and of course the mother who did her level best to save her country and family. She isn't perfect, then again, who is. She has her… Continue reading The Confessions Of Catherine De Medici

2 stars · Books · Historical · Historical Romance · Intrigue · Reviews

Song Of Isabel

Mostly I'm just not sucked into the world. And that the story didn't seem to have any idea what it intends to be. For a historical romance, there isn't a lot of scenes building who she is married to. For court intrigue, there isn't any good maneuvers. Mostly because of how limited the time period… Continue reading Song Of Isabel

1 star · Adult · America · Books · Fiction · Historical

Final Resting Place

This was just uninspiring as a whole. I didn't know where it was heading for most of the part and it seemed to lack any clear direction as well. The story was largely difficult for me to really understand what was going on. Despite the fact that it was about America and a famous president… Continue reading Final Resting Place

2 stars · Books · Historical · Uncategorized

The Flames of Florence

It wasn't what I thought. I thought that it might be a story about Leonardo da Vinci. And about Renaissance Italy which had been something that I am fascinated by for quite a while. Nothing like it occurs here. I didn't like the way it never seemed to know what it really wants at the… Continue reading The Flames of Florence