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The Lady of Secrets (The Dark Queen Saga #6)

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Meg Wolfe, The Lady of Faire Isle, is a gifted healer who can find a cure for almost any ailment. But she's also the daughter of Cassandra Claire, a mad witch and heretic with a notorious history.

Meg's infamous lineage makes her a target from both those who want to use her extraordinary talents for good and those who want to use them for evil.

One man in particular needs h...more
Paperback, 430 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Ballantine Books
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Tracey, librarian on strike
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. (Also, go check out Leafmarks - it's going to be terrific.) However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all...more
Caz
I didn't realise when I requested this title for review that it was the sixth book in Carroll's Dark Queen series. Fortunately however, the story is self-contained so it didn't matter that I hadn't read the earlier books.

In this story, set in late 1605, Susan Carroll has very skilfully blended together her fiction with real historical events. I don’t want to give away too much about the plot, other than to say that although it becomes apparent quite early on in the novel exactly which conspiracy...more
Naoms

Originally Posted on Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

3 Stars

I enjoyed Meg Wolfe immensely as a character. Here is a woman who lives under the cloud of her mother’s insanity and still she perseveres. Meg ‘s mother was the kind of woman that witch hunters search for. She was skilled in the dark arts, duped young women into joining her cause and killed male babies, because she had no use for men. Even with her haunted past, Meg steps up and becomes the Lady of Faire Isle. She is a “cunning”...more
Aynab
This book was good but it lacked 'fire'. Although the concept and plot was interesting enough, it didn't have a lot of potential... I think Meg would look a lot like that chick off the song 'Radioactive' because of those green eyes omg.
Dorine
Also posted at TBR Mountain Range.

If you love historical fiction that focuses on the witch hunts and anti-Catholic sentiments of the seventeenth century, then this novel will make you feel as if you're right there amongst the subterfuge and plotting against King James I. Mixing in a bit of fantasy is perfect!

In the prologue we're introduced to a fifteen-year-old girl on the day of her execution for witchcraft. Her twin brother bribes his way into a visit with her beforehand, hoping that she'll d...more
Emily
The Lady of Fair Isle just wants to be helpful and keep her island and her people safe. Unfortunately, life is just not that simple. Because her mother was a well-known witch and sorceress, Margaret (Meg) is constantly barraged by those who either were her mothers' followers, or those who wished to destroy the coven of witches. She's tried so hard to leave that behind and forget about her past; she hopes that no one will figure out who she really is so she can finally live in peace.

When Meg and...more
Debbi
(Thank you to netgalley.com for an early copy!)

In her latest book, Susan Carroll continues the story of Meg Wolfe, the Lady of the Fair Isle. The book opens with 2 women preparing to be burned for witchcraft - one old, and one very yough. Some years later, Meg encounters two men, one a nobleman, and the other a medical doctor who seems to be haunted by his own set of demons. With both her mother and Catherine de Medici dead, Meg is now the Lady of the Fair Isle, responsible for the "daughters of...more
Melinda
The Lady of Secrets was a well written historical thriller with romance thrown in at the end. I must admit that Ms. Carroll had me fooled until the very end of the book on the identity of one of the main characters - which is unusual. I usually know everyone's secrets at least half way through the book, so that was a surprise. The book takes place in France, Scotland and England during the reign of King James - directly after Queen Elizabeth dies - and James goes witch hunting. The plot centers...more
Christy B
The Lady of Secrets is the sixth installment of the Dark Queen Saga, a series I had no idea was ongoing. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this pop up.

The heroine of this was is Margaret Wolfe, who readers of this series will be familiar with. Now The Lady of Faire Isle, she is sought out by people who need her expertise in healing. She's sought out by one man in particular, who needs her to help lift a curse from the King of England. Once in England, she soon realizes that no one is tel...more
Chelsey
I enjoyed this story so much because of the main character, Meg Wolfe. Meg lives under the scrutiny of her mother’s reputation before death. Her mother was known as insane, at least to locals, and a woman always sought after by witch hunters. She is even referred to as evil at one point in this story, but yet Meg perseveres and becomes the Lady of Faire Isle. Meg is gifted in all types of magic and particularly at what is known as healing. Although she is feared by many for possessing the same t...more
Rachel P
I won a free copy of “The Lady of Secrets (The Dark Queen Saga #6)” as a first-reads giveaway.

Un-be-livable! I thought this story was absolutely spectacular! The novel is set in 1605 during the reign of King James I of England. It was a time when it was dangerous for a woman to be intellectual; wise or cunning women (who were often healers or midwives) could easily be condemned as witches and sentenced to death by burning. It was also a time of great political and religious turmoil as the Englis...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo
The Lady of Secrets is set during the reign of James I, when England in the 1600s fostered an almost unwarranted belief in witchcraft and the dark arts. Meg Wolfe has the gift of healing but the lasting legacy from her mother, the mad witch Cassandra Claire, makes sure that Meg will always be held accountable for her mother’s notorious reputation. When someone hell bent on revenge enlists Meg’s help, there are choices to be made which will have severe repercussions on the destiny of “The Lady of...more
Christina
The Lady of Secrets is the sixth installment of The Dark Queen Saga and the first I have read of the series. I found the story line to be fairly fast paced and the action moved along quite well and held my interest. I did not feel lost because I have not read the previous books in the series and felt like this book stood well on its own.

Meg is the Lady of Faerie Isle and attends to mostly women as a wise woman or healer. She has a dark past and constantly strives to dispel the myth that wise wom...more
Allison  Macias
Meg Wolfe, Lady of the Faire Isle, always help those in need. When her help is solicited by two dark men seeking to help free James I from a witches curse, she is hesitant. When Meg arrives with her friend Seraphine, she is fearful. Her mother's coven is lurking in the shadows. The men she came with aren't what they seem. London is teeming with people wanting to use Meg, some with good intentions and some with bad. With help from her friend, Meg must use her wits to make it out alive.

I enjoyed t...more
Gaile
I have finished reading the last book of the Dark Queen series and I am so glad!
This one concerns Meg Wolfe whom mad mother had predicted she would conquer the world and take the throne of England with the darkest sorcery ever. Meggie though is practicing white magic on Fair Isle
when she is asked to save an old woman in Scotland from accusations of witchcraft. Once there she meets Sir Patrick Graham and Armagil Blackwood either of whom are what they seem.
Both Queens Catherine and Elizabeth have...more
Alyssa Greatbanks
First I would like to say, I very much regret not reading this book sooner! Sadly (well, you can't really be sad for getting so many great books) I gained many books since I acquired this one, and it got lost in the countless piles of books in my room.

After uncovering it and finally getting to read it, it instantly drew me in. The story was so unique and interesting, the characters were very well-written, and not once do you ever so much as suspect the twist at the end. Total shocker!

I hope to r...more
Jay
THE LADY OF SECRETS is the final book in Carroll’s Dark Queen series. Having only read (and loved) the first book in the series, THE DARK QUEEN, I’m happy to report that the last book is just as awesome as the first.

From the first pages, THE LADY OF SECRETS is a captivating tale that I spent my entire weekend reading. At 400+ pages I wanted this to be longer as I devoured Meg’s story, and it didn’t matter that I didn’t know any of the backstory that had been developed in the preceding books. Car...more
Anna
I love when my purchases prove why I should be allowed to impulse buy in a bookstore. Susan Carroll's The Lady of Secrets was just that, a book I stayed in bed until three in the afternoon to finish because I couldn't not know what happened. The reader follows Meg, 'Phine, Armagil, and Sir Patrick as they travel from France to England for vastly different reasons. Meg, to discover if her mother is really dead and to see if she can save King James; 'Phine, becuase she is the self-declared protect...more
Amyra
Prima di tutto mi aspettavo un fantasy ma di questo genere ha ben poco; è più che altro un romanzo storico che cerca di copiare la saga di Avalon della Marion Zimmer Bradley: l'unica differenza è che quest'isola di donne sagge, figlie della terra, è in Francia e non in Bretagna.
Secondo, non mi aspettavo che questo libro fosse il sesto di una saga e certe cose me le sono proprio perse per strada.
Terzo ed ultimo, lungo, lungo, lungo!!!! Ci ho messo un mese a finirlo e la prima metà del libro è pro...more
Sonia
I was very disappointed in this book. Four years is just too long to write a book in a series, it took me a while to remember exactly what happened in the previous books. This book is set almost 20 after the last one. First I didn't like that Meg only mentioned Ariana and Seraphine mentioned her dad but not her mom, I want to know what is happening with all the Chenny sisters and other characters in the past books. I am also not happy with how Meg turned out, she's too haunted by her past, some...more
Claudine
I am happy that I read this final book in the series. However, it was not my favorite. Some sections were very dark and a bit disturbing. Two supporting characters wanted to revive the coven of the Silver Rose and performed some dark acts. At times, I felt a little uncomfortable reading them and ended up skipping over them.

I also felt that some conversations between the main characters were not historically correct. They seemed too contemporary in the language usage and also in the subject them...more
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
it was a long wait for this final tale. I love this series, but the first two stories are still my favorite and I wish there was an update on the old Lady of the isle.
Krista Mercer
Sigh. I loved Carroll's St. Leger books (a fantastic blend of paranormal elements and romance, set in Georgian Cornwall) and was intrigued enough by the Dark Queen books to read all five previous novels. That said, I skimmed this one.

I really, really, really wanted Meg to embrace her magic. Not that I don't recognize how difficult that could have been - given her past (crazy mother) as well as the historical realities of the 16th centuries (witch hunts). But her constant indecisiveness made me...more
Christina George
Set in the time of King James Stuart, the tale basically begins with a witch burning and a brother's heartfelt cry to avenge his sister's death. It easily draws the reader in as we wonder if his sister was truly innocent.

The author weaves history with fiction into an easy, quick and interesting read that you won't want to put down. Includes the drama of the past, the dynamics of relationships experienced across the ages, and the fine details that good story-telling always brings.

I don't remember...more
Lori
Four years was a long wait, but this series is a good as ever.
The Lit Bitch
This is a magical tale of love, treason, adventure, witches, curses, and redemption. I loved this story.

This series sort of reminds me of The Pink Carnation series with witches/magic. So if you are a fan of those books you will probably really enjoy this series . I am really excited to read more of the Dark Queen Saga for sure!

See my full review here
♥ Amanda
I received a copy of The Lady of Secrets courtesy of NetGalley.

I really enjoyed this historic novel! I love anything (mostly) to do with English royalty, and throw in witches and witch hunts with a side of treason? You've got my attention! The characters were entertaining, and kept my attention. The imagery was beautiful! Susan Carroll wrote a page turning novel and I look forward to adding more of her books to my shelves.
Sam
I am almost done this book and I regret reading it! Not bc it's not good - I like it very much. I regret it bc I did not realize it was the 6th in a series till I was a ways into it. There are many references to past events and they sound really interesting and relevant to knowing the main character. The story itself stands alone but I think I would enjoy it a lot more if I had read the previous books.
Nancy
I read the Dark Queen series which ended back in 2008 with Twilight of a Queen. What a thrill to find Ms. Carroll had written a sixth book in the series in 2012 - The Lady of Secrets! I'm still reading this one but it has not disappointed! I was sorry to see the series end so reading about Meg Wolfe as the new Lady of Faire Isle has been a pleasure. I hope there will be more!
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Born Susan Carol Cute in 1952, Susan Coppula obtained a Degree in English with complementary studies in History in the University of Indiana. Since 1986, Susan has published books under three different pseudonyms: Susan Carroll, Susan Coppula, andSerena Richards

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