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“A poetic work which exerts a spell-binding effect on the reader…it is with such as Hawthorne that this exquisite and authoritative writer should be ranked.”
— The Guardian
“The musty, historical episode surrounding the publication of a scurrilous pamphlet against Louis XIV and Madame de Maintenon (formerly Mme. Scarron) serves as background to this novel which brilliantly explores the excesses of the French court. Seventeenth century life is examined in terms of both the aristocracy and the working people. In fact, one of the most effective elements in the novel is the description of the daily life of a bookbinder and his family. The essential humanity of the characters dominates the sometimes grim plot which blends truth and imagination. And, as always, Janet Lewis writes with wonderful lucidity.”
— Writer's Choice
"Bristles with characterization, the atmosphere of a cruel and dingy Paris, considerable suspense, and the smell of blood."
— San Francisco Chronicle