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The Poet Prince (Magdalene Line Trilogy #3)

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The Poet Prince: A Novel (Magdalene Line)
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Touchstone (first published 2010)
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I really enjoyed the first in this series and found the whole concept intriguing (especially the author's explanation and connection to her own life). I was quite enthralled with the Medici story in this book, but I found the modern day character counterparts overdrawn and too coincidental and the plot too thin. I want to like this book more than I did. Oh, I was compelled to keep reading, but in a "I shouldn't pick this scab but I must do so anyway" kind of way. The author certainly has an imag ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Olga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una verdadera joya... Si los dos primeros me hicieron replantearme ideas, conceptos y hechos históricos,este libro me ha dejado ko!

La historia transcurre más tiempo en la época de la Medici que en la actual pero sirve para entender el porqué de muchas cosas que han salido en los libros anteriores... Se vuelve a reinvidicar el
Papel de tantas mujeres sentenciadas a silencio por la historia y que tan importantes han sido ... Solo tengo un pero creo que hay un cuarto libro y no sé el tiempo que hay
Angela Risner
Jun 04, 2012 Angela Risner rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Kathleen McGowan's novels and was thrilled that she was releasing a new one so soon after her last one.

Whether or not you agree with the original premise of her first book - that the Magdalene and Jesus were married and had children - you will learn so much history and geography in general.

This novel follows the Medici line, and it was incredibly interesting to learn about the beginning of the Renaissance and this part of Italy. It absolutely comes to life in the way that McGowan
Feb 18, 2013 Carrie rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this, but had to say it was okay. There seemed to be WAY too much exposition, that is, setting the stage for what was happening, either in the characters' thoughts or the narrator's voice. It seemed much too much like a synopsis rather than an actual book, despite its length. I kept wondering if the author was really trying to write a piece of fiction or set the stage for a Magdalene-based religion instead. The topic was interesting, but I could not really care about the ...more
Aug 22, 2010 Alma rated it it was ok
Got it in order to complete the trilogy - the beginning is a tad corny again, in terms of writing style and phrasing, but we'll see how it turns out.

Update: Larger review to come, but yea, still corny. More like the second instead of the first book. The story from the past was again more interesting than the one of Maureen. Tho, this time, even the story from the past was not that well-written. It's a shame, really, as the series had quite the potential initially.
Jul 26, 2010 Yolo rated it liked it
The Poet Prince took me on a tour of Italy starting with the Renaissance era and bringing me back to present day. It was filled with historical references as relates to places and actual events. The part that I really liked is how she gave artists of the Renaissance era such as Botticelli and Michelangelo character. Yea, we read about them in history and to tell the truth most times we don't pay attention. For instance, when she made references Botticelli's painting, "The Birth of Venus," I went ...more
I'm actually giving this 2.5 stars. This series gets less believable, and less enjoyable, the longer it goes on. I originally picked up the first book, The Expected One, because I am interested in stories about the historical Jesus and Mary Magdalene (doesn't really matter how far-fetched, if it's interesting and well-written I'll give it a go). Basically, the historical fiction parts of each book in this series have been passable, Ms. McGowan does a pretty good job of taking historical figures ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Annette rated it really liked it
Where to begin? Starting this book was difficult in that I knew I'd have to devote many days to it. I also knew that it was going to have to make me think! Well, the above came true, but I certainly was not disappointed in any way.

I must say that the beginning was a bit slow, and I didn't realize the full connection between Maureen's life and the lives of the Medici family, especially Lorenzo, the "father" of the Renaissance period. But, of course, it all came clear to me. I really enjoy the way
Sep 03, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been patiently waiting for my library to acquire this book. I was not disappointed. I really love this series. In a time when my personal faith in God and the Catholic Church seems to be tested more often than not, there's something in this series that helps me in some small way to bring some of that faith back. I realize that this whole series is probably heartily comdemned by the Catholic church, but perhaps they would do well to consider some of the deeper themes. This book spoke of the ...more
Germano Dalcielo
Ho fatto fatica a finirlo. La Mcgowan comincia a perdere colpi e le avvisaglie c’erano già ne “Il libro dell’amore”, il secondo della trilogia della Maddalena. Peccato perché l’ambientazione rinascimentale e personaggi del calibro di Lorenzo de’ Medici, Marsilio Ficino, Michelangelo e Botticelli sarebbero di per sé garanzia di interesse quando protagonisti di una storia romanzata: invece la McGowan crea una storia che si trascina lentamente, noiosa, priva di guizzi o di colpi di scena che ravviv ...more
Matthew Ashdown
Aug 02, 2011 Matthew Ashdown rated it liked it
I have read the previous two books and am intrigued by the stories from history that could possibly have been hidden. I found it challenging to keep wanting to read this book as I do like some tension in my books and it only began to happen towards the end. I learned a lot about the renaissance period and the artists who were all so entwined. As it is written as fiction I am not so sure what she contends to be true and what is fact but they all made for interesting characters. As a history book ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Leanne rated it it was ok
I keep reading this series as I think the story premise is very interesting, McGowan has developed the history of a sacred blood line and threaded it into a story. I add that whilst the premise is interesting and makes for a good storyline the writers style is weighed down by her research and personal experiences. This book took a while for me to wade through and after reading the authors notes that she has decided to expand upon her original concept of a trilogy of books, I've decided to hop of ...more
Aug 16, 2013 Sharon rated it it was ok
This book never really took off for me. The author switched back and forth between renaissance Florence and modern times. The plot did not have much substance, and she doesn't seem to have come to any point with the poet prince. This book was supposed to be the last in a trilogy, but she is apparently planning another installment around Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, who were thrown in as an epilogue to this book.
Jun 04, 2010 Jayne rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. However, every time she tries to fill in for the reader who has not read either book 1 or 2 - the transition is awkward and annoying. As always - she goes somewhat overboard in the repitition of her beliefs, but I did like the book. And - you will guess who is the next topic in book 4.
Feb 16, 2013 Indu rated it liked it

I had really loved the first two books in the series and was eagerly looking to read this one. Somehow, I found it much harder to get engrossed into this book. Perhaps it was because there seemed to be more story focused on the Medici, and less on the present day. I was a bit disappointed to wrap up Maureen's story this way.
Mar 09, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was ok
I gave this book two stars because it took me 9+ months to read and in the end, I skimmed the last 30+ pages. It wasn't a bad book, but it had serious pacing issues. I enjoyed the first two books of this series, but this one was just not as gripping.
Feb 17, 2011 Sarah added it
I thought this book was...ok....even though they were the same characters, they didn't develop at all. The plot line was weaker than the previous two, especially with as much hype the second book placed in the "answers the third book would bring". A creative read, but nothing fantastic.
Lisbeth Labellarte
Nov 07, 2011 Lisbeth Labellarte rated it liked it
Agree with other reviewer.....kind of all over the place. It didnt really take me 440 days to read, but the first book in the series is the best.
Sometimes tedious to read this author.
Dec 15, 2012 Shannon rated it did not like it
I tried, but I just can't do it. I think I may come back to it at another time.
Jan 06, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it
This book weaves together the historical environment during the renaissance in Italy and the religious climate surrounding the secret societies, specifically the society surrounding Mary Magdalene as the wife of Jesus. The characters are vivid and the literary device of alternating the story as it took place in the 1400s and the study of this same secret society by historians in the present day. Both stories are written in an easy to read style and are filled with historical details that painted ...more
Well, I'm sad. Sad that this trilogy has ended, but more sad that Book 3 wasn't as fulfilling as I was hoping.

Like the other books, this was a fascinating history lesson, and I love me some good historical fiction. Plus, the philosophy of the Order is such a feel-good journey, despite all the violence and opposition. But why not more about the present day?? I was really hoping that book 3 would focus mostly on Maureen, Berenger, etc. to balance out all that history. But they don't get much page
Andrew Doohan
This is third, and so far last, book in a series entitled "The Magdalene Trilogy" based on particular esoteric assertions concerning the life of Jesus Christ. The fundamental tenets of the 'true' Christianity that underpin the basic storyline are not difficult to grasp, nor are they completely at odds with the more widely held Christian beliefs.

Except for the gnostic tone of those fundamental tenets, i.e. that they are really only known to those who are chosen to be taught and not more widely. A
Mar 06, 2016 Sienna rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I love that McGowan believes her story. It makes her books so much fun to read. I believe that history should be rewritten -- sometimes it becomes truer that way. There is much in her story that I do believe. I certainly believe that the teachings of Jesus were very different in his time than the ways of the church now (& for many centuries). I have never been attracted to the church (more like resented its omnipresence in our culture) but I have always been drawn to Jesus as a teacher in th ...more
Nick Sweet
Apr 26, 2015 Nick Sweet rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly, the Magdalene trilogy is one of my all time favorite series. Dealing with the idea that Mary Magdalene was the most important disciple and follower of Jesus, the Magdalene trilogy is awesomely written. McGowan has a gift for switching between the worlds of the past and present with such skill that you hardly notice the transition. The overlying story follows Maureen Paschal, a modern writer who discovers she is a descendant of Jesus and Mary and is thrust into a web of intrigue a ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Joanne rated it it was amazing
When I started this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it as the first part is extremely gory and difficult to read. However, I persevered and, as the story progressed, I realised that this had been necessary to show why the central idea of the book - a radically different interpretation of the Bible and the life and teachings of jesus, handed down secretly over the centuries - was in opposition to this view.

The story alternates between past ages (biblical times and the Florence of Lorenzo
Jun 28, 2012 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I have this as an book. This is book three of a three-part (so far) series. Of the series, it is the one I enjoyed the most. It takes place almost entirely during the time of Lorenzo the Magnificent (de Medici) in Florence.

I am unsure if the narrator was changed, but the Scottish and Irish accents were much better in this audible book. I believe the book was enhanced by the Italian accent used by the reader.

My only problem with this book is its numerous references to paintings that e
Susan P
I couldn't wait to start this book, the 3rd in a seris that I started purely by accident. Within the first two days of having it, I'd read more than 3/4 of the book and then stopped. I had to acctually return the book to the library and check it out again and still I didn't finish it and I had to renew it again. I wasn't because the book was terrible or that I wasn't interested or that the wriiting was bad or that I couldn't follow the story, it was because I was afraid of the ending.

Now that I'
Jan 24, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
The majority of this book takes place during the 1400's in Florence, Italy during the Renaissance Period, as we follow the Poet Prince of the Medici family, Lorenzo the Magnificent, as he studies the Way of Love, a gospel written by Jesus himself, and provides for and encourages the great artists of the time: Sandro Botticelli, Donatello, Michelangelo. Kathleen McGowan is an amazing story teller; you feel as if you are right there with Lorenzo, his true love, Columbina, and the amazing artists o ...more
Nov 17, 2013 Sammy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
The first reason this got 5 stars is because of the sheer amount of work that clearly went into writing it, as with the whole series. Kathleen McGowan started The Expected One in 1989 and was not published until the 2000's.

Another reason is the fact that after reading this series I really feel as though I've learned a great deal about the lives of some incredible historical figures that I had never previously heard of.

My only criticism is that these books are advertised as partly thriller, and
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Kathleen McGowan is an internationally published writer whose work has appeared on five continents and in at least fifteen languages. She is notable for her claim to be the descendant of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene
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