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Sins of the House of Borgia

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5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

This is an engaging look at the Borgia family

In the year 5252 which the Christians call 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella give the Jews three months to leave. Many like the Sarfati family in Toledo decide to relocate to the city-states of Italy where the despotic rulers are tolerant towards Jews and wary of...
In the year 5252 which the Christians call 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella give the Jews three months to leave. Many like the Sarfati family in Toledo decide to relocate to the city-states of Italy where the despotic rulers are tolerant towards Jews and wary of Ferdinand. The Sarfati father and his three sons move ahead to Rome where the patriarch helps finance Rodrigo Borgia efforts to become the next Pope. The females followed but the matriarch died before finishing the journey leaving her six years old daughter Esther travelling to Rome to join her father.

Almost a decade later Borgia as Pope Alexander VI returns the support he received from Sarfati by allowing Esther a chance to join his daughter Lucrezia's retinue if she converts. Although Esther has doubts, her father convinces her to accept the terms. As Lucrezia marries Alfonso d'Este, Esther converts to Christianity and becomes a lady-in-waiting known as La Violante. Lucrezia thinks highly of La Violante and her cousin Angela Borgia becomes her friend; while Lucrezia's brother Cesare stirs her heart.

This is an engaging look at the Borgia family through the rosy colored eyes of an innocent individual who must adapt to a world of backstabbing deadly passion or die. Cesare owns the story line as he never allows his heart or soul get in the way of his machinations. Lucrezia pales next to her sibling; as she does not seem to measure up to her brother on the viciousness scale. Filled with betrayal, readers will enjoy the Book of Esther as La Violante tells how paradise was lost and regained when she learned to trust no one not even those she thought loved her.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on February 22, 2011

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A little hard at first

I LOVE historical fiction and I've read the Borgia Bride so I was hopeful that I would love this book. Don't get me wrong, it was a good story line and I'd say overall I enjoyed the book. I would say more than "Love" I "Liked" it. By the time I got to the end I didn't w...
I LOVE historical fiction and I've read the Borgia Bride so I was hopeful that I would love this book. Don't get me wrong, it was a good story line and I'd say overall I enjoyed the book. I would say more than "Love" I "Liked" it. By the time I got to the end I didn't want it to end...but I didn't get to that point until the middle. The book was a little hard to get into and there were so many characters they were hard to keep track of (like, who was married to who and who was brothers with who, etc.). I've been to Rome so I really enjoyed when she described certain landmarks (Castel St.Angelo, for example) because it was easy to visualize where they were...but had I not been there it would have been hard to imagine. I was absolutely disappointed in the end. It almost felt like she didn't know how to end it so she just threw something together...and since I had become so "attached" to La Violante I was disappointed that it ended so abruptly. La Violante is a great main character as I think she is pretty easy to relate to.

posted by AHeath on August 14, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2011

    A little hard at first

    I LOVE historical fiction and I've read the Borgia Bride so I was hopeful that I would love this book. Don't get me wrong, it was a good story line and I'd say overall I enjoyed the book. I would say more than "Love" I "Liked" it. By the time I got to the end I didn't want it to end...but I didn't get to that point until the middle. The book was a little hard to get into and there were so many characters they were hard to keep track of (like, who was married to who and who was brothers with who, etc.). I've been to Rome so I really enjoyed when she described certain landmarks (Castel St.Angelo, for example) because it was easy to visualize where they were...but had I not been there it would have been hard to imagine. I was absolutely disappointed in the end. It almost felt like she didn't know how to end it so she just threw something together...and since I had become so "attached" to La Violante I was disappointed that it ended so abruptly. La Violante is a great main character as I think she is pretty easy to relate to.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    Started slow...

    Its very wordy at times and can be difficult to follow all the names because of the historical references. Overall it was a good story and I do like that it ties to real people, even though its fiction. Its long and, as cheesy as it sounds, I would have liked to see something good come to Violante. It should make for an interesting TV series though.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 5, 2014

    Hecate's Cabin

    This is the Hecate cabin. It is made of enchanted stines inscripted with incantations. The inside is constantly changing to the preference of the campers.

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