This was a book that I really wanted to like, but try as I could, I could not get past the major flaws in this one, and they are pretty big. Mostly, the author spends a great deal of the book telling me what is happening, not showing it to me, and there was so much squandered possibilities there to create a really great novel. Too, it felt very much like a retelling of Alexandre Dumas' La Reine Margot
. It just did not work, and that's too bad.
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