The Serpent and the Pearl (Borgias Series #1)

The Serpent and the Pearl (Borgias Series #1)

by Kate Quinn

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Overview

A gripping novel about history’s most infamous family—The Borgias—and an innocent girl pulled into their treacherous rise to power, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Rose Code.

Rome, 1492. The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous—or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web…

Vivacious Giulia Farnese has floor-length golden hair and the world at her feet: beauty, wealth, and a handsome young husband. But she is stunned to discover that her glittering marriage is a sham, and she is to be given as a concubine to the ruthless, charismatic Cardinal Borgia: Spaniard, sensualist, candidate for Pope—who is passionately in love with her.

Two trusted companions will follow her into the Pope's shadowy harem: Leonello, a cynical bodyguard bent on bloody revenge against a mysterious killer, and Carmelina, a fiery cook with a past full of secrets. But as corruption thickens in the Vatican and the enemies begin to circle, Giulia and her friends will need all their wits to survive in the world of the Borgias.


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ISBN-13: 9780425259467
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Series: A Novel of the Borgias , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 64,156
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two Novels of the Borgias, before moving to the 20th century with the The Alice Network. All her books have been translated into multiple languages.

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“A masterful storyteller.” —Margaret George

The novels of Kate Quinn are…

“Full of great characters.”—Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Epic, sexy.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Deeply passionate.”—Kate Furnivall, author of The White Pearl

“A riveting plunge into an ancient world.”—C. W. Gortner, author of The Queen’s Vow

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