The Borgia Betrayal

The Borgia Betrayal

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Before the Tudors, there were the Borgias. More passionate. More dangerous. More deadly.

From the author of Poison, called "stunning"* and "a fascinating page-turner," comes a new historical thriller, featuring the same intriguing and beautiful heroine: Borgia court poisoner, Francesca Giordano.

In the summer of 1493, Rodrigo Borgia, Alexander VI, has been pope for almost a year. Having played a crucial role in helping him ascend the chair of Saint Peter, Francesca, haunted by the shadows of her own past, is now charged with keeping him there. As court poisoner to the most notorious and dangerous family in Italy, this mistress of death faces a web of peril, intrigue, and deceit that threatens to extinguish the light of the Renaissance.

As dangers close in from every direction, Francesca conceives a desperate plan that puts her own life at risk and hurls her into a nightmare confrontation with a madman intent on destroying all she is pledged to protect. From the hidden crypts of fifteenth-century Rome to its teeming streets alive with sensuality, obsession, and treachery, Francesca must battle the demons of her own dark nature to unravel a plot to destroy the Borgias, seize control of Christendom, and plunge the worldinto eternal darkness.

* Booklist
+Lauren Willig

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312609849
9780312604530
Branch Call Number: POOL
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 22 cm

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Ulla11
Nov 09, 2011

It was quite difficult for me to get into the flow of this sequel to "Poisson." However, the story picked up its pace about a quarter way in and it was worth its slow begining. I found "Poisson" more readable, not as wordy and pretentious. It still a decent read if you want to follow Francesca's life as the poisoner to Il Papa Borgia.

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tcb2011
Aug 25, 2011

I read 65 pages and couldn't get into this book. Im not really sure what it was. There was nothing that held my attention. No gripping page turner here. I was daydreaming while reading so I gave up after 65 pages.

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