The Serpent and the Pearl
One powerful family holds a city, a faith, and a woman in its grasp—from the national bestselling author of Daughters of Rome and Mistress of Rome. Rome, 1492. The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize... show more
One powerful family holds a city, a faith, and a woman in its grasp—from the national bestselling author of Daughters of Rome and Mistress of Rome. Rome, 1492. The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous—or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web… Vivacious Giulia Farnese has floor-length golden hair and the world at her feet: beauty, wealth, and a handsome young husband. But she is stunned to discover that her glittering marriage is a sham, and she is to be given as a concubine to the ruthless, charismatic Cardinal Borgia: Spaniard, sensualist, candidate for Pope—and passionately in love with her. Two trusted companions will follow her into the Pope's shadowy harem: Leonello, a cynical bodyguard bent on bloody revenge against a mysterious killer, and Carmelina, a fiery cook with a past full of secrets. But as corruption thickens in the Vatican and the enemies begin to circle, Giulia and her friends will need all their wits to survive in the world of the Borgias.
Publish date: August 6th 2013
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 393
Edition language: English
Series: The Borgia Chronicles (#1)
I have a confession to make. I judge books by their covers. There, I said it! I have seen Kate Quinn's books in various book stores and libraries but I have always passed them over. Why? Because of the sappy looking woman on the front cover. The women on the front of these books tend to remind me of...
I almost didn't read this book. I looked at some reviews and noticed a few things: 1)it switches character points of view 2)one of said characters is a dwarf 3)another is a cook who talks about food preparation/smells a lot. It really didn't sound like my kind of thing, but then I won the sequel "Th...
Having just finished watching the last season of HBO's "The Borgias", I couldn't help but picture the characters in this book like the actors in the show. I enjoyed this book very much. The story is written from the eyes of 3 main characters:Carmelina- the runaway cook who hides a dire secret of her...