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The Poet Prince (Magdalene Line Trilogy #3)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,125 ratings  ·  106 reviews
The Son of Man shall choose

When the time returns for the Poet Prince.

He will inspire the hearts and minds of the people

So as to illuminate the path of service

And show them the Way.

This is his legacy,

This, and to know a very great love.

Worldwide controversy surrounds author Maureen Paschal as she promotes her new bestseller—the explosive account of her discover
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Published July 6th 2010 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 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
Angela Risner
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
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
Notorious Spinks
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 It was filled with historical references as relates to places and actual events.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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Lisbeth Labellarte
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.
Zuzana Bodíková
It certainly was not worth the time... A few nice historical tidbits about Medici family, the artists with whom they surrounded themselves, and Florence in Rennaisance - but mostly very silly conspiracy theory based fluff. Author comes across as self absorbed and quite arrogant, very much in the pursuit of admiration of her own cerebral AND spiritual attributes.

I don't recommend this book - I much enjoyed Sarah Dunants Birth of Venus, In the Company of the Courtesan, Sacred Heart, and the lates
I tried, but I just can't do it. I think I may come back to it at another time.
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
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
I was so excited for this book to come out since I love the first two in the series... I was a little disappointed, however. The concept behind the series is fascinating and I was all ready invested in the series enough to finish, but somehow the third book fell a little short. It all most felt as if the author was rushing; maybe she tried too hard to condense a large amount of material into a smaller book? I also agree with other reviews that the historical characters were much more interesting ...more
Very interesting. The story is complex with many subplots and tons of characters. Since I began on the third of the series, I am looking to get the first two. This author is very knowledgeable and easy to read.
Inge Van loco
Ik ben gestopt met lezen en dit doe ik normaal nooit. De vertaling was, grof gezegd, verschrikkelijk slecht. Ik lees een boek om me te ontspannen en dit lukte dus niet. Daarbij greep het verhaal me niet echt maar dit kan natuurlijk vooral aan de vertaling liggen...
Wait and see. First one was really good. Second one a little strange. Hope #3 is back on the right path.
The birth of the renassiance interwoven with the continuing story of Maureen and her group of devotees to the Libro Roso (The Book of Love). The story of Maureen and Beringer Sinclair seem to mirror the story of Lorenzo DeMedici and his beloved Columbina. The story weaves into it the story of Botticelli, Michangelo, and a little something about a guy named Leonardo. This was much better than t
This was a good continuation of the series. They are fiction in a DaVinci Code sort of way, but the best part of the series is in the historical stories that parallel the "story" McGowan is telling. I found the Medici story far more interesting than the modern-day tale that is the catalyst for the history lesson.

I sometimes feel like McGowan is trying to impart a greater "truth" using fiction and that both intrigues and frustrates me. I feel a little like I'm being taught against my will, but I'
I know these secret society/there-has-to-be-hidden-meaning plots are all the rage right now and are generally not worth anyone's time or brainpower, but I really, truly love Kathleen McGowan's way of fictionalizing history. She's an incredible writer and mixes fact and fiction so beautifully that I was left with a healthy sense of enjoyment, curiosity, and respect for the text. Also of note: I connect despite not being religious in the least. Perhaps it's the whole heretical nature of the story, ...more
Jeanne Halloran
"The Poet Prince" is a wonderful story that takes place both in modern times and also in the 1400's with the de Medici family. It weaves in the story of Botticelli so beautifully, writing about the women who graced his paintings and giving them voice and life. This combination of fiction and historical fact so gracefully captures one's interest, the novel is like a Renaissance painting itself. The Christian lessons of this beautiful story, though they border on heresy, come from the heart and on ...more
This was to be the final 'chapter' in the series but there will be more books in this intriguing tale of the Magdalene line. Ms. McGowan weaves fact and fiction into a compelling story that for me had me wanting to search for more information...while some reviewers felt she didn't breathe life into the characters I felt as if I was actually in the presence of Lorenzo, the scholars and artists who surrounded him. The theories behind all these stories are facinating and if true, we as a Christian ...more
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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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