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The Hostage Queen

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Marguerite de Valois is the most beautiful woman in the French Court and the subject of great scandal and intrigue. Her own brothers: the mad Charles IX and the bisexual Henri III, will stop at nothing to control her. Margot loves Henri of Guise but is married off to the Huguenot Henry of Navarre. By this means her mother Catherine de Medici hopes to bring peace to the rea ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published 2010
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3 stars - It was good.

'Let no man say that marriages are made in heaven; the gods would not commit so great an injustice . . . All the harm that ever came to me in life came through marriage, the greatest calamity that ever befell me.’ ~Marguerite of Navarr

Interesting to see a take on history from Catherine's daughter's perspective. Those two had the epitome of a dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship. I would have preferred if the novel spent more time focusing on Henry of Navarre as well,
Rebecca Huston
This was a book that I really wanted to like, but try as I could, I could not get past the major flaws in this one, and they are pretty big. Mostly, the author spends a great deal of the book telling me what is happening, not showing it to me, and there was so much squandered possibilities there to create a really great novel. Too, it felt very much like a retelling of Alexandre Dumas' La Reine Margot. It just did not work, and that's too bad.

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This novel is about Margot of Valois, who's forced by her ruthless mother, Catherine de Medici, to marry Henry of Navarre despite her love for Henri, duc de Guise. As the tensions between the Catholics and the Huguenots constantly threaten to explode, Margot must navigate the treacherous French court, where her three brothers are constantly scheming against each other and Margot.

I found this novel disappointing. There's comparatively little dialogue, and much of it is of the expository, "As you
Jul 11, 2010 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a very good book. I enjoyed the author's writing style. I am going to try a few other of her books. She made the character of Queen Margot come alive for me. I need to do some research now to see if she lives happily ever after. I am looking forward to reading her next book - Reluctant Queen which I believe continues the story.

Nov 17, 2010 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got into this book right away, it had a great beginning. It was just the last 1/8th of the book that hit the rocks for me. I've seen it happen too many times to count, the end is in sight so the author seems to rush things along and it's just too fast and furious. It loses it's substance somehow and seems like a cop out to me. I have to wonder why. Are they just tired of writing it? So sick of the story and research they're just ready for it to be done? The story loses something when it ramps ...more
Rio (Lynne)
I enjoyed this (not very publicized book.) Luckily being on Goodreads, it was brought to my attention. There is a lot of history packed into all 260 pages. It helps to know a bit about it before you read it. It is about Marguerite de Valois. Catherine de Medici's stubborn and beautiful daughter. I assumed by the title, it covered the years Margo was imprisoned by her brother Henry III in the castle of Usson, where she spent eighteen years. Instead, it covers the earlier part of her life where sh ...more
After reading C. M. Gortner's novel about Catherine d'Medici I wanted to read a novel featuring her daughter Margot but didn't wish to read Dumas. I found this novel rather lacklustre.

While some sections were fine and the author does write the love scenes very well too much of the book felt like reading non-fiction making for a rather patchy pace. Catherine is so obviously the baddie here and the ending just sort of happened. I would have appreciated an author's note rounding out Margot's histo
Miss Melly
Oct 13, 2011 Miss Melly rated it really liked it
Poor Margot - the cards were stacked against her from the beginning. With a mother like Catherine Di Medici, what chance did she have?
Married off to a man she initially despised, Margot learned to make the best of her situation and use her wits to carve herself a life she could tolerate.
I adore Margot and think Ms Lightfoot did a wonderful job in turning her into a flesh & blood character.
Reluctant Queen is the second book in this trilogy.
A story about Margot de Valois, the daughter of Catherine de Medici, who is cruelly used as a pawn by her mother and brothers (the King(s) of France).

After reading a few books about Catherine de Medici herself, this seems very boring and long winded. Many parts of the novel seemed to drag on and read almost like a textbook rather than a fiction book. You do feel sorry for Margot but not enough to really care.

There is better (and more exciting) historical fiction out there.
A light read, but nothing special. Margot's actions and desires, such as her love for de Guise and and her sudden respect for Navarre upon becoming his wife aren't well grounded in character development.
Jul 08, 2014 SWC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy historical fiction. The story was full of much palace intrigue. Interesting to me was that the storyline only dealt with the main character through age 25.
Mary Spila
Oct 09, 2010 Mary Spila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining, and fairly good historically. Margot was a very interesting woman/
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I love reading about Catherine deMedici and her family, this book did not disappoint.
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Born in Lancashire, I've been a teacher, bookseller and in a mad moment, a smallholder on the freezing fells of the Lake District where I tried my hand at the ‘good life’, kept sheep and hens, various orphaned cats and dogs, built drystone walls, planted a small wood and even learned how to make jam. I have now given up my thermals to build a house in an olive grove in Spain, where I produce my ow ...more
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