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The Lady of Secrets

(The Dark Queen Saga #6)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  504 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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
Paperback, 430 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Ballantine Books
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This was a Netgalley book for review; review of 2012 reposted.

You know the saying about only having one shot at a first impression? That’s the first thing that keeps coming to mind about this book, in a couple of ways.

First, the genre baffled me. As always, Kindle book + no memory of what the synopsis said + no cover to judge by (not that the cover, deceptively pretty as it is, is so helpful) = mild befuddlement. Oh, okay, I thought, it’s a fantasy, with witches in sixteenth century Scotland. Wa
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

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”
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
If I'd known this was part of a series or a romance novel, I may not have picked it up. Oddly enough, I'm not sure why it's listed as a romance novel because there's not much romance to it. The description of the book is a little misleading.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very different than what I thought based on the blurb but a good read and entertaining
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sadly this is the last book in this wonderful magical historical fiction series with Catherine de Medici, the Dark Queen, as the sorceress out to destroy the Lady of Faire Isle.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perfection... a bow around the 6 books.
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, fantasy
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
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
Chelsey Wolford
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
In 16th century Edinburgh, Maidred Brody and Tamsin Rivers are found guilty of being a witches and are scheduled to be burned at the stake. A crowd of people, including King James I, have gathered to witness the executions. Maidred 19s brother, Robert, begs the king to save his sister 19s life, but the monarch refuses. Robert swears vengeance against the king for the injustice. As flames consume Tamsin Rivers, she curses the king and his family, which both horrifies and terrifies King James.

May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-checkout
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
Ambrosia Sullivan
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was first posted on The Purple Booker (previously Fire & Ice)

I have long loved reading the stories in the Dark Queen Saga that Susan Carroll has created. The story that delves deeper into the story of Meg the new Lady of the isle is no different. For me the book started out a little bit slow but once it picked up I could not set it down. I am slightly baffled and slightly annoyed by some reviews I have come across on the internet when folks have said this was the first book by this auth
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
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Thank you to 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
Jo Barton
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
Andy Kornylo
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
See full review for The Lady of Secrets at: https://toomanybooksnotenoughshelves....

Lady Margaret Wolfe has finally become the Lady of Faire Isle. Due to her declining health, Arianne decided to give up her post and spend whatever time she had left with her husband. Meg has blossomed into a woman and has flourished under the new title. But her old demons still haunt her and they really press on her when a man named Lord Patrick Graham asks for her assistance with a matter that has to deal with t
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, arc, ebooks
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
Alyssa Greatbanks
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
It's been 15 years since Meg was chosen as the next Lady of Faire Isle. She has claimed the titled now that Ariane's health is failing and she's abdicated to spend time with her family. Catherine de Medici is dead and Meg's life has settled into a life of new beginnings. When Patrick Graham and Armagil Blackwood come searching out Meg, she is pulled back into her past and the destiny she left behind.

Graham and Blackwood are involved in a plot to assassinate King James and Meg is haunted by token
Erin Mcmahon
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-authors
I started this series a long time ago and never wanted it to end. I finally picked up this book and as usual Susan Carroll dosent dissippoint.
This is Megs story and as much as I loved all the other characters I understand why she left them out.
I love Her Writing style. This is a series and you really have to read the other five to understand the full story. But a series I would recommend to anyone who loves a good witch hunt!!
Meg is the most unusual character she has alot stacked against her to
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
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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, and Serena Richards

Other books in the series

The Dark Queen Saga (6 books)
  • The Dark Queen (The Dark Queen Saga, #1)
  • The Courtesan (The Dark Queen Saga, #2)
  • The Silver Rose (The Dark Queen Saga, #3)
  • The Huntress (The Dark Queen Saga, #4)
  • Twilight of a Queen (The Dark Queen Saga, #5)