The Borgia Betrayal (The Poisoner Mysteries #2)
Before the Tudors, there were the Borgias. More passionate. More dangerous. More deadly.
From the author of Poison, called “stunning”* and “a fascinating page-turner,” comes a new historical thriller, featuring the same intriguing and beautiful heroine: Borgia court poisoner, Francesca Giordano.
In the summer of 1493, Rodrigo Borgia, Alexander VI, has been pope for almo
I have to preface this by saying I failed to realize this was book 2 in a series but the synopsis grabbed me since I've always had this fascination about the Borgias. The book started out a little slow for me maybe because I had to figure out who was who, the relationships between them all and who could really trust each other. Once I got the lay of the land the story drew me in and after taking days to get through the beginning of the book I devoured the rest of it in two sittings.
The Borgia Betrayal is the second book in a series of books that outline the life of the Pope's poisoner, Francesca Giordano. I bought this book at Borders during their going out of business sale, so I had no idea that there was a book that came before this, but it works as a standalone book, as w...more
First sentence: "'I see....' the woman said."
Francesca Giordano's story did not end with Rodrigo Borgia becoming Pope Alexander VI. In fact, her job has just gotten harder. The Pope made many enemies in his rise to power and Francesca must make sure they do not deal a fatal blow to the Borgia family. She is also involved with a secret society that tries to unravel the world's mysteries with science, someth...more
I loved that the main character was a woman, not just any woman, but a woman doing a mans job in the year 1493. Francesca Giordano was athe Poisoner for Pope Alexander VI, aka Pope Rpderigo Borgia. Francesca's father had been his poisoner unitl he was murdered. Then France...more
We are allowed more tantalizing glimpses into the mystery that haunts Francesca's past, and are left wanting more of her wit and heart and insecurities. A lot of he...more
It's 1493 and Rodrigo Borgia has now been pope for almost a year, but Francesca life as his poisoner is far from routine. Can she keep the pope, as well as those closest to her, safe? She will have to do everything in her power to protect those around her, even if that means putting her life on the line to ensure their safety.
Another great suspense! The Borgia Betrayal picks up where Poison ends.... love the chemistry between th...more
My favorite books contain a strong female lead, action, and are in the historical fiction genre. I was happy to find that this book had all of those elements! (Plus a little romance and an unrequited love)
The main character in this book was spunky, smart and resourceful. I loved the idea of a female "poisoner" aka assassin in the year 1493.
I do wish I had read Sara Pooles first book Poison before this one....more
I loved Poison. It was absolutely amazing. I stalked the library for weeks, waiting for some jerk to return their (overdue) copy of The Borgia Betrayal because it's been so long since I found a historical novel I adored so much. Then one day I looked in the P-section and amidst a background of a heavenly chorus of angels, I SAW THE BOOK.
Alas, it did not meet my pumped-up standards.
Something was off about Borgia Betrayal from the beginning. It lacked the driven, quicksilver pace of...more
Une saga historique que j’avais commencé l’année dernière (je crois, je ne suis plus si sur ^^) et dont j’avais assez bien accroché vu le personnage par lequel on voit l’action et aussi les aventures par lesquelles l’auteur nous faisait passer. Bref, tout ça pour vous dire que ce livre est bien mieux dans tous les points sauf pour la fin, mais bon on en reparlera après.
Tout d’abord, il faut savoir qu’on se retrouve quelques mois après le premier opus, et l...more
A sequel to the novel, Poison
I normally do not like to read books that are a series out of order. I have not read the previous book , poison, but decided to ahead and read it. I am really glad that I gave this book a chance! The concept of the main character being a the “court poisoner” to the pope caught my attention. I love this unusual setting and character. All of the new books seem to feature vampires and zombies, this was a refreshing change of pace. No one single vampire in the entire nov...more
The Borgia Betrayal takes place in 1493, the year after the events in Poison. Rodrigo Borgia is now Pope, and he keeps his poisoner, Francesca, very close, involving her in much more of his personal affairs than he used to. She’s still reeling from the events in Poison, knowing the mad priest Morozzi is still alive and well, and recognizes a darkness within herself that may put her soul in peril. However, she will do anyth...more
I had no idea what to think about this one. It wasn’t as fast paced as the previous one, sort of a grinder until we get to the end. I really wasn’t that connected with the story and was merely observing everything from a detached point of view. All the plot and scheming and mystery didn’t seem...more
Her long-time fascination with Renaissance Italy and with the Borgias in particular has led her in this new direction. It corresponds nicely with her interest in botany as especially regards the poisonous plants flourishing all around us. Sara lives in the Northeast with her husband and a m...more