Review: Medicis Daughter

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Winter, 1564. Beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to the court of France, where nothing is what it seems and a wrong word can lead to ruin. Known across Europe as Madame la Serpente, Margot’s intimidating mother, Queen Catherine de Médicis, is a powerful force in a country devastated by religious war. Among the crafty nobility of the royal court, Margot learns the intriguing and unspoken rules she must live by to please her poisonous family.

Eager to be an obedient daughter, Margot accepts her role as a marriage pawn, even as she is charmed by the powerful, charismatic Duc de Guise. Though Margot's heart belongs to Guise, her hand will be offered to Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot leader and a notorious heretic looking to seal a tenuous truce. But the promised peace is a mirage: her mother's schemes are endless, and her brothers plot vengeance in the streets of Paris. When Margot's wedding devolves into the bloodshed of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, she will be forced to choose between her family and her soul.

Médicis Daughter is historical fiction at its finest, weaving a unique coming-of-age story and a forbidden love with one of the most dramatic and violent events in French history.


My Thoughts

A few years ago, I read The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot and I really liked it. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read her latest novel, Medicis Daughter. And let's face it--The Medicis are great fodder for storytelling anyway.  I am happy to report that once again Perinot brings her 'A' game. She transports you back in time to France during the 1500's to a country full of religious turmoil. 

Princess Margot has been brought up to basically be a pawn in her family's political board game. She is taught "To be a woman is to wait, to stand in the background, to accept your life is governed by others." And that is what she does--for the most part. That is, unit she falls in love with the Duc de Guise. Which aren't in Catherine Medicis plans. Her family will stop at nothing to separate the forbidden lovers.

Margot has a love-hate relationship with most of her family. They only really seem to love her if she's useful to them. Also (fair warning) her relationship with her brother Anjou is a bit too close for comfort. However, Margot is not the simpleton her family thinks she is. She's smart, cunning, and she gives the Medicis a run for their money.

I really enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book. The characters, the plot, the time period. Sophie Perinot does historical fiction right! She makes you care about the characters and their fate. I didn't want the book to end. If you haven't read any of Perinot's book, I strongly urge you to. You won't be sorry.

Advance Praise

“This is Renaissance France meets Game of Thrones: dark, sumptuous historical fiction that coils religious strife, court intrigue, passionate love, family hatred, and betrayed innocence like a nest of poisonous snakes. Beautiful Princess Margot acts as our guide to the heart of her violent family, as she blossoms from naive court pawn to woman of conscience and renown. A highly recommended coming-of-age tale where the princess learns to slay her own dragons!” --Kate Quinn, Bestselling author of LADY OF THE ETERNAL CITY

"The riveting story of a 16th century French princess caught in the throes of royal intrigue and religious war. From the arms of the charismatic Duke of Guise to the blood-soaked streets of Paris, Princess Marguerite runs a dangerous gauntlet, taking the reader with her. An absolutely gripping read!" --Michelle Moran, bestselling author of THE REBEL QUEEN

"Rising above the chorus of historical drama is Perinot's epic tale of the fascinating, lascivious, ruthless House of Valois, as told through the eyes of the complicated and intelligent Princess Marguerite. Burdened by her unscrupulous family and desperate for meaningful relationships, Margot is forced to navigate her own path in sixteenth century France. Amid wars of nation and heart, Médicis Daughter brilliantly demonstrates how one unique woman beats staggering odds to find the strength and power that is her birthright." --Erika Robuck, bestselling author of HEMINGWAY'S GIRL

SP SmallAbout the Author

SOPHIE PERINOT is the author of The Sister Queens and one of six contributing authors of A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii. A former attorney, Perinot is now a full-time writer. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her three children, three cats, one dog and one husband.

An active member of the Historical Novel Society, Sophie has attended all of the group’s North American Conferences and served as a panelist multiple times. Find her among the literary twitterati as @Lit_gal or on Facebook.

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