Borgia Bride

Borgia Bride

by Jeanne Kalogridis
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Borgia Bride 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
JerseyAngel More than 1 year ago
Truly one of the most interesting & twisted historical novels I have ever read! It was a little slow to get started but once there I was engrossed. I finished it last night & feel like I am going through withdrawal. The characters were diverse, the historical aspect fascinating, and even more interesting to know that there was a bit of fact mingled in with the fiction. Can't wait to read more from this author!
ZQuilts More than 1 year ago
I had had this book on my shelf for a bit and decided it was time to read it. I'm glad I did. This novel follows the life of a Bride to the powerful Borgia family. Ms. Kalogridis' summary of the book states: "...THE BORGIA BRIDE is a sumptuous historical novel of passion, betrayal, scheming and incest, set in the Vatican during the 15th century, one of the most exciting, violent and also sensual times of European history. The plot and characters are based on actual historical personages and events..." I agree that this book is, to my mind, unique. I have not read many books that focus on the political turmoil of the 15th century in Italy. Oddly enough I have always thought that it was Lucrezia Borgia who had the reputation for using the family recipe for poison. Read this book for another theory! I sailed through the first part of this book - reading late into the night. Mid story slowed a bit for me - but the pace picked up again for a rousing final quarter of the book. The characters in The Borgia Bride are well crafted and carried through a plot that is well thought out expertly crafted with many unusual twists and turns. This book makes me want to read all of Ms. Kalodridis' titles. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would have gone for 5 stars - except for the lag midway through. I don;t think that you would regret reading this fine novel - it's appeal would, obviously, be for anyone who enjoys historical fiction - especially for 15th century Italy - but it would also please any lover of well crafted, fast paced fiction! Ms. Kalogridis has an excellent website too - have a look : http://jeannekalogridis.com/
Profe More than 1 year ago
If you like historical fiction, especially with strong women characters, you will love this book. It paints a really full picture of the Borgia family, especially Lucrezia and Cesare. I went to sleep at night thinking about them and woke up in the morning thinking about them. In the shower, driving to work, there they were. A fascinating read.
deGuzman More than 1 year ago
This author has researched certain families that were alive influential in Italy's history during the 1500's and has made their stories come alive through this book. She has captivated the essence of their lives while intertwining fiction to make the story passionate and dramatic. Major facts of the book can be researched, and are, in fact true. The fiction in the book would mainly be conversations and maybe day-to-day events. This is a must read for the individual who is interested in learning some history, but at the same time looking for a good book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised to find more than a couple sex scenes some of which were rather violent. This isn't a happy and sunny book. It's got lots of sex, violence and betrayal. But, all that being said, the characters are interesting, the plot is engaging and length is nice. It wasn't too short but it wasn't excesdively wrong either. I would have loved a list of references to know where the author's information came from though.
vrybzybaker More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of historical fiction, fraught with intrigue, double cross and who's doing what to whom, then do not miss this book! I read it as a follow up to Mario Puzzo's "The Family" and was not disappointed! Same story of the Borgia family told from a different perspective but definitely could not put this down!
SidheKist More than 1 year ago
It started off just a little bit slow but turned out to be very captivating. The story of The Borgia family is told from the perspective of Sancha of Aragon. Chills, thrills, corruption, renaissance, the Vatican.. Definitely a great read for those who are interested in a bit of history coupled with entertainment. *However, the ebook edition here does have some formatting issues, as of this date but I contacted B&N and they are working to resolve the problem. It is still readable by all means, just a little distracting when you have T's or 1's in place of I's and r's for t's - especially more towards the end.
History-Reader More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Jeanne Kalogridis...WOW! I'll be reading everything she writes. I'm a big historical fiction fan and really liked this one...didn't want to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book evoked many emotions from me. I was left with such an eerie feeling after finishing it. It was engaging, I couldn't put it down. The Borgia Bride is much different than the other historical fiction novels i've read and loved. It truly brings out the darkness you would expect fromt he Borgia era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Meanie Aqua took my nook again) (but it is two people)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The invisible ghost boy walks in and leans against the wall next to the doorway, silently watching over the infirmary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How is she?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yawnsm im joining this camp now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
L justvso you know there is a dead body on your floor and it chest is covered in dried blood cause of a sword that is still there and the floor around the body is is aldo covere in dried blood
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in and watches jaz.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What goes on in a place like this?" Sorry had to work. Back now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[Sorry. Had to do stuff.] "So, uh, welcome to Camp Half-Blood." He gave a small nod.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watches, trying to remember what to do for future times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bye. Gtg. Bbl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The same." Ryan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walks out, pulling her hood up as she walked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jasmine walked back into the infirmary and started tending to Izzy's wounds again. When she was finished, she sat next to her on her cot, stroking her friend's hair. (Okay)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Jaz hallucinated a bit. She's alright, though." She said dully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the infirmary. There are cots lining the walls with cabinets for personal storage next to them. There are posters everywhere and a sink every three cots. On the other side, there is a line of cabinets filled with medicines that can only be opened by specific people. Nectar and ambrosia are located beneath the sinks, as well as bandages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago