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Poison In The Blood: The Memoirs Of Lucrezia Borgia

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Poison Beauty!

    I love the renaissance period, and the idea of a mystery like this, set amid the world of the Borgias, is practically irresistible. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel's cast of colorful characters - particularly Lucrezia's husband, the gentle, silly Alfonso; and also Machiavelli, the brutally honest but witty political adviser to Lucrezia. The character I loved the most was Lucrezia herself - she is a fun narrator, smart and strong, and could potentially be the spunky heroine of a present-day story. The suspense and drama running through the novel was also well-written. The action moves quickly and the scene setting is vivid. The author clearly has a good understanding of the time period, with an eye for the spectacle and flamboyance that makes the renaissance so appealing. At last, a good, thrilling novel about the Borgias! Well recommended!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Fast read, even if you hate history!

    I put off reading this book for a long time because I thought I needed to be in a serious mindset to digest a lot of historical facts often weaved into historical fiction novels. This book was anything but boring! It was a surprisingly fast read that had the right amount of romance, suspense and action.

    History was my least favorite subject in school, but after reading this book, it actually made me want to read more about the Borgias family. I even bought "The Prince" and started to watch The Borgias (Showtime series) because I just couldn't get enough! The supplemental historical information at the end was the perfect bonus to discern the fact from fiction in the novel. I was definitely surprised at some of the facts I read! Who would have guessed the 1500's could be so interesting?!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    Fast Read!

    The pacing of this novel is fast. Renaissance Rome and the extravagant Papal Court, really does lend itself to this sort of action-packed thriller. Lucrezia begins as a rather sheltered young lady, and the author successfully captures the seventeen-year-old narrator's youth and innocence. Family loyalty is all that matters to her and she ignores rumors of her father and brother's bloodthirsty antics. She is a mouse in a lion's den. This all changes, when someone close to Lucrezia is suddenly murdered, and papal officials try to cover-up the killing. She investigates on her own, and as she uncovers the twisted secrets hidden beneath the Borgia's facade of papal purity, she comes into direct conflict with her own family - very daunting when her brother is leader of an army, and her father is the most powerful man in the world. The story is well-researched and the author's appreciation for the historical period is obvious. The time and place are set gorgeously, fueled by historically accurate details and an atmospheric tone. Rome itself becomes a character, full of spies, palaces and slums, crumbling ruins and secret passageways. My favorite scene? Either Lucrezia's sumptuous wedding banquet or Cesare Borgia's army parading through Rome with full pomp and spectacle. The medieval streets seemed to come alive right before me. The humor in this novel was also a nice surprise - it balanced out the darker subject matter. Lucrezia and Cesare have a rather mordant and witty banter, and her husband suffers from an amusing case of spoonerisms! But best of all was Machiavelli. He plays a no-nonsense counselor to Lucrezia, and the chapters where he frankly teaches her political shenanigans were some of the most amusing in the novel! The only reason I gave it 4 not 5 stars, was that one or two scenes were a little on the racy side for my tastes (sorry to sound prudish!) But overall I found it a satisfying read, especially for anyone who like Italy or European history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

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    Enjoyed this book. I was there with Lucrezia and would recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    A quick read

    This book was a quick read and hard to put down. I enjoyed the ride. More amazing is that the relentless twists and turns of deception and ruthlessness were based on real people.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Awesome book

    History mixed with fiction. A must read for all adults. A very touching novel. would recommend M.G. Scarsbrook's work to all.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    Incredible!

    Wow, I have never had 500+ pages fly by so quickly. With or without a knowledge of the true history of the Borgia family, this book quickly draws the reader in and captures one's attention. Lucrezia is drawn between loyalty to her family and her own happiness and the reader keenly feels the dilemma she faces. Extremely well written and engaging. Anyone with even a modest interest in the renaissance period should put this on their list as a must read.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Don't waste your time.

    Poor plot, no character development. Although based on historical events reads like a poorly thought out fantasy.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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