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Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King’s Court

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Fraught with conspiracy and passion, the Sun King's opulent court is brought to vivid life in this captivating tale about a woman whose love was more powerful than magic.

The alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini's birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination, she was destined to disgrace her family. Ignoring the dark warnings of his sister and astrologers
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I got excited about Marci Jefferson's Enchantress of Paris the moment I learned its release date. I'd fallen in love with Girl on the Golden Coin: A Novel of Frances Stuart in 2013 and had high hopes for the author's sophomore release. I knew nothing about Marie Mancini or Cardinal Mazarin, but I was excited at the prospect and eagerly anticipated watching the unfamiliar story unfold under Jefferson's pen.

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Jenny Q
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
After thoroughly enjoying Marci Jefferson's debut, Girl on the Golden Coin: A Novel of Frances Stuart, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Enchantress of Paris. I've read a few novels about the Sun King's court, but they all took place a bit later in his life, after Marie Mancini was out of the picture, so I knew nothing about this trailblazing young woman who captured a king's heart and made such an impression that her name appears in many letters and remembrances of her contemporaries.

The story
Kate Quinn
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
There's lots of historical fiction out there about women who sleep with kings. Marci Jefferson is more interested in women who turn kings down, and it makes for such a refreshing change. Her debut novel "Girl on the Golden Coin" (a book I was very happy to blurb) starred Frances Stuart, a woman who turned down not just one but several kings, and "Enchantress of Paris" continues the theme with Marie Mancini, a beauty of the French court who, it could be argued, turned a young Louis XIV into the p ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I'd been dying to get my hands on this book solely because I adored Jefferson's debut novel, Girl on the Golden Coin. And while I loved that book, I think I might love this one more. It has another charming, convincing heroine whose voice sealed my adoration from the first page, evocative historical details, and a dramatic plot that made me race to the last page.

Set during the reign of the young Louis XIV, the titular enchantress is Marie Mancini, an Italian noblewoman and niece of the powerful
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Mancini sisters, nieces to powerful Cardinal Mazarin, were brought from Italy to France to marry advantageously. They were known at the court of Sun King, Louis XIV, as the Mazarinettes. “Some historians believe she (Marie Mancini) was the one true love of his (Sun King) life.” This is their love story.

Marie Mancini inherits her passion for astrology from her father. She composes her own healing spells, records her father’s magical uses for herbs, studies how to summon angels. That’s the kin
Stephanie Thornton
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having read and loved Marci Jefferson's Girl on a Golden Coin, I eagerly awaited the tale of Marie Mancini in her latest novel, The Enchantress of Paris. The court of Louis XIV is rife with intriguing personalities like Cardinal Mazarin and the king's many mistresses, but I knew very little about Marie or her sisters. (And while none of the Manzini girls donned armor, they did remind me of GOT's Sand Snakes from Dorne!) What I loved most throughout the story was the Jefferson wasn't afraid to fo ...more
The Lit Bitch
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novel was wonderful! I have read Marci Jefferson’s other novel and fell in love with her writing style! This book was full of romance, power struggles, and of course rich historic details. I felt like I was actually in the French court seeing all the beautiful dresses and dances.

I loved Marie….she started out a little naive but not annoyingly so, and grew into this smart, strong, intelligent, cunning woman. I thought she made the best choice that she could in the end and it was the perfect
Ruth Chatlien
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although I've certainly read about Louis XIV's other mistresses, I had no idea that the young king had once been so enamored of Marie Mancini that he was willing to risk his kingdom's safety to marry her. What makes this relationship even more intriguing is that Mancini was the niece of the wily Cardinal Mazarin, who was the power behind the throne at the beginning of the Sun King's reign, and the Cardinal had no intention of letting his niece ruin his plans for an important matrimonial alliance ...more
Julianne Douglas
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Marci Jefferson's ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS, just released from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, addresses a glaring need in the panoply of historical fiction: novels set during the seventeenth century, and more specifically, in France. The French Revolution and two World Wars draw the lion's share of interest from authors and readers interested in France; huge swaths of fascinating history from earlier eras remain virtually untouched. Tapping into this treasure trove, Jefferson reanimates the ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review was written for The Review Diaries
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Huge thanks to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

I love a well written historical novel that allows me to immerse myself in another country or time, but sadly they can often be a little bit hit and miss with historical accuracy, language or detailing, so I’m always hesitant when starting a new historical novel as to what I might actually get. Lucki
Meg - A Bookish Affair
4.5 stars. "Enchantress of Paris" is the latest historical fiction offering from Marci Jefferson. I really enjoyed her last book, "Girl on the Golden Coin," so I was excited to read this book. In this book, we see the court of King Louis XIV of France, also known as the Sun King, through the eyes of one of his most beloved mistresses, Marie Mancini. Louis and Marie truly loved each other but it was a forbidden love with the King's mother and Marie's uncle trying to keep the lovers apart because ...more
Lígia Bellini
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
That was a great reading! I didn't expect to find the love story between King LouisXIV and Marie Mancini so sad! The Mazarinettes were puppets in the hands of their evil cousin, the Cardinal Mazarin. Besides control the King Louis for years, he did all the bad things he could, to make him richer and ruin his nieces and nephew's lives. It was thanks to Marie, that Louis learned to become a good king. But i still think, he wasn't brave! He took too long to bring a change during his reign. Seems th ...more
Heather C
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was a HUGE fan of Marci Jefferson’s first novel, Girl on the Golden Coin, and I could not wait to get my hands on Enchantress of Paris. I can tell you that I was not at all disappointed!

One of the aspects of Golden Coin that I loved was how Jefferson can create characters that pull at the heartstrings, and she doesn’t miss that beat in Enchantress either! There were two or three moments when I had tears in my eyes. I had become invested in the characters and their relationships with each other
Angel Hatfield
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Marie had been in an Abbey and her uncle Cardinal Jules Mazarin took her out and took her to the french court. Marie was intelligent, passionate, romantic, stubborn but at the same time vulnerable. King Louis XIV was also known as the Sun King. Louis was young, idealistic, and growing into his duties and responsibilities to his country. Cardinal Mazarin is a close personal adviser to the young king. Actually Cardinal Mazarin and the king's’ mother pretty much have control of Louis. Marie’s older ...more
France is not one of my regular stomping grounds, it's when my reading of English HF overlaps that I get my taste of the french. I am trying to change that and what better place then with Marci Jefferson's Enchantress of Paris. Having heard of the Sun King before but not knowing much background I looked forward to this book. I'll admit it was the cover that initially caught my eye - look at it, gorgeous, then the author. I've heard so many good things about her debut Girl on the Golden Coin but ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you love sweeping historical novels featuring the kings and queens, you won't want to miss Marci Jefferson's latest novel, Enchantress of Paris. Marie Mancini might not be a household name, but the story of her love for Louis XIV, the Sun King, will break your heart.

Marie Mancini was the third of five beautiful Italian sisters, nieces of the powerful Cardinal Mazarin, who, along with the Queen Mother, governed France while King Louis was young. The Cardinal was the guardian for the young Loui
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction can go either way, and usually I tend to be disappointed with some part or the other of it. Either the dialogue is all wrong or the characters based on real people seem nothing like what we know of the actual person from historical documents.

This book not only managed to avoid those pitfalls, but also filled in the gaps in our knowledge of certain aspects and characters with a brilliantly crafted and quite plausible narrative. I was thrilled with this novel, and found it impos
Connie Anderson
This is the first book that I have read by Marci Jefferson. I was absolutely blown away. Every page makes you want to continue on to find out what antics the Mancini sisters are up to next. Once their parents die in Italy, their nasty uncle, Cardinal Mazarin finally lets Marie out of a convent to join her family in Paris, under the Cardinal's thumb.

Marie Mancini finds out that the true leader of France is not King Louis XIV, a somewhat niave, impressionable young man, but her uncle the Cardinal.
Marathon County Public Library
This novel follows Marie Mancini, the niece of a powerful cardinal in the court of French King Louis XIV. As Marie and Louis fall in love, she becomes the target of her uncle's wrath because her relationship with the king threatens to unravel his carefully laid political plans. Marie also has to contend with the king's mother and competition from her own sister who was once the king's mistress. Marie must find a way to bring down her uncle for her own safety and for her future with Louis. She co ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Reviewing a free unpublished copy from NetGalley.

The only redeeming factor of this book is the last chapter. Besides the bittersweet ending and the cliché yet cute closing line this book is an absolute waste of paper and electricity for those reading on e-devices.

The book's main genre is YA, not historical fiction as it's marketed. Primarily, this is the story if an annoying girl in love with a spoilt POS King. That's it. That's the story, thank you for reading 350 pages of nothing. The End.

Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This fictional account of the life of Marie Mancini is a definite 5 star read! It kept me engaged from first page to last. I adored the love letters between Marie and King Louis that author Marci Jefferson recreated. Everything about this story was well done--from the historical details to the characters to the oppulence of the French Court! Utterly compelling. I love a good villain, and the Cardinal fit the bill. Duplicitous, sneaky, mean, and conniving, he never failed to keep me entertained.

Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy a well informed and sumptuous peek at a fascinating period in French history, this is a must read. The court of Louis XIV is rife with intriguing personalities like Cardinal Mazarin and the king's many mistresses, but I knew very little about Marie or her sisters. I could read so much more about the Mancini’s. I hope that the author chooses to write more about their stories! Honestly, I would read anything Marci Jefferson writes.
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enchantress of Paris is an interesting read. The novel is set during King Louis XIV's reign in France. I enjoyed the character of Marie and how she was with the king. I thought this was a pretty good piece of historical fiction. 4 stars
May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-for-work
Soap-opera histrionics and incessant name-dropping doth not a decent novel make. Well researched but about as stirring as a Bob Dole speech, and much longer to boot.
Janka H.
Star-crossed lovers - a weak king and hot-blooded niece of one of the most powerful men in the French history.

Marie Mancini was one of the Mazarinettes, as were the Mancini sisters - and what is more important, the nieces of the infamous Cardinal Mazarin - known at the court of King Louis XIV of France. Controlled by the powerful uncle always seeking just his own good, the sisters struggle - and Marie, the most educated and wildest amongst them, fights her uncle the most - backed by the love of
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Initially posted at my blog
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The setting is Fontainebleu Palace, 1650's Paris, where the secret arts of the occult thrive. The King, Louis XIV, is a young man who is easily controlled by his head counselor, Cardinal Mazarin. The French royal court is full of intrigue and political scheming, as the royal's favor is easily won and lost, which the Cardinal is all too easily aware of.

Marie Mancini is one of five Italian nieces of Cardinal Mazarin. Her deceased father was an
Sara G
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting look at a lesser known historical figure. Marie Mancini, the niece of the infamous Cardinal Mazarin, was almost certainly the Sun King's first love, but she disappeared from the scene once he got married. This book explores her life and their relationship a little more, in terms of what could have been, and it does a great job. I had no idea that Mazarin had such interesting and scandalous nieces. I'm not super familiar with France during this time period, but everything ...more
Entertaining & Intriguing

The fictional account of the live affair between Marie Mancini and the Sun King was an easy read that i enjoyed but at points it left me asking for more details and deeper character development. I did enjoy reading a historical fiction book that centered on a strong female lead I had not previously heard of. Overall it was a quick easy read that I look forward to discussing with friends.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I loved this book! Marie and her sisters were fascinating to read about. I rooted for her the whole time even though I already knew her historical story. The intrigue and plotting kept my on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author wove astrology into the plot and all the little historical details she included.
Karen Mahara
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a read. I picked this book up, because of it featuring King Louis XIV, but what I found was a book I couldn’t put down. Filled with gorgeous writing and authentic details, this is a historical romance you want to read. I was so drawn to the characters, all of which are real people, and moved to tears on its final page. I highly recommend to all!
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