The Dark Queen (The Dark Queen Saga #1)
She is Ariane, the Lady of Faire Isle, one of the Cheney sisters, renowned for their mystical skills and for keeping the isle secure and prosperous. But this is a time when women of abi...more
I fairly historical account of court life surrounding Catherine de'Medici circa 1570's with a love story thrown in for good measure.
What this book is:
A romance novel based around 1570 with a lot of imaginative additions and a lot of historical subtractions.
Now it's not the book's fault that it wasn't what I wanted it to be. It can hardly rewrite itself just because I had a misconception of what the story was about.
But I still couldn't stand it, and I think if I tr...more
The first man, The Comte Renard, arrogantly declares he will marry her, to the point where he has a wedding and she does not come. His past is dark and he makes a bargain with Ariane that changes her life.
The other is a man maed Remy who comes to her with poisoned gloves to try and have her prove that The Queen killed a woman. T...more
Books like this are the reason I'm glad I use the library and don't pay for books unless I know for a fact that they are wonderful. This one begins well enough, and reviews raved about how great it was, an awesome historical fiction, etc. I began to get suspicious when there were mentions of flashing eyes and a woman that didn't want to marry a mysterious stranger. "Huh, this sounds like a slutty romance novel. But no, other people said it was better than that..." And then I got to the part wher...more
Ariane struggles as she takes her place as the Lady of Fair Isle, who is known for protecting...more
I am really glad I did pick it up, though, because this is one of best, most beautifully written and most compelling books I have ever read.
Yes, it is more of a historical romance then serious historical fiction, but that doesn't change the fact that Susan Carroll has crafted a truly wonderful story with great characters.
Ariane is a young woman who...more
Catherine d'Medici is the Dark Queen of the title but not the focus of the story, more the deux ex machina. Catherine's one of those all-purpose historic queens (Elizabeth I and Eleanor of Aquitaine also come to mind) who can be villain or saint, d...more
First in the Dark Queen series, The Dark Queen sets out to win the reader...more
There is enough history and politics here to keep you very intrigued. France is in religious upheaval, Queen Catherine plots from behind the scenes and of cours...more
This is a partial review. You c...more
A fun read that's got a little bit of everything I like: romance, history, magic and mystery. I'm also a sucker for a beautiful book cover, and this entire series is full of GORGEOUS book covers.
It's about a PG-13 on romance, not nearly as dark as many reviewed it, but an adult Pagan fairytale of sorts, that's lightly steeped in history. The women in the series are all amazing - even the FICTIONAL version of The Dark Queen, Catherine De Medici herself is fascinating - and I did care about them a...more
She is Ariane, the Lady of Faire Isle, one of the Cheney sisters, renowned for their mystical skills and for keeping the isle secure and prosperous. But this is a time when women of ability are deemed sorceresses, when Renaissance France is torn by ruthless political intrigues, and all are held in thrall to th...more
Overall, a good story. The main story is driven by a young woman, Ariane, who is from a long line of "wise women" or witches. Ariane has shades of Morgaine (Morgan le Fey's name in The Mists of Avalon) but doesn't have quite the presence I remember Morgaine possessing. Ariane's two youn...more
Author: Susan Carroll
Review Summary: I wasn’t sure I liked this book at first – as a historical romance, with more sex and a more serious plot than the “chick flick” style romances I occasionally I read, it was a little outside my comfort zone. But I ended up loving it and the other four books in the series enough that I would definitely read more books like them, partly for the great plot and partly because I’m a sucker for a happy ending
The Comte De Renard wishes to marry but Ariane doesn't quite trust him. Why he wishes to marry her, the Lady Of Faire Isle with no dowry is beyond her. It makes no sense.
Taking place during the French Renaissance, The Dark Queen tells the story of the Cheney sisters, daughters of the earth, most specifically the oldest Ariane, known as the Lady of Faire Island. Not only does she have a Comte perusing her hand in marriage, but a mysterious stranger has arrived on Faire Island, with strong evidenc...more
I gotta say--there were so many times when I expected the plot to evolve one way, and it went in a totally opposite direction. In this case, I mostly didnt mind, and I really liked the sequence of events.
- I personally think this book has a pretty decent amount of actual history. I knew that there would be references to the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, but I thought that would be the extent of it - just a reference. Those scenes were some of the best-written in the book, I think, and Carroll...more
The book had great characters and a strong plot. I loved seeing the relationship between Ariane and Renard grow throughout the novel; it seemed very realistic. I'm happy that the other two sisters have their own novels, because I am excited to continue following the Cheney g...more