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A book too far
on 18 March 2014
I nearly gave this one star but I so like KQ's work that my heart was not in it. Should have been one. Paid good money for this book and dropped it - well, deleted on Kindle - after chapter four. Just dull.
I loved the Roman books, oh, of course they were modern romps through Rome, but they were fresh and original and I liked the characters - even if they were a bit Creative Writing Class 101. I bought them all. If this is the future I won't buy again.
The Borgias should be rich in subject matter and as the story based on real people (in some cases) it should be an easy leap of imagination to get a page-turner. And here we have the wicked Cardinal and his sinful children and ways in the famous election. This isn't that exciting a book. This is an example of a writer who is churning out books and needs to take a step back.
The characters in each book are now becoming 'samey' - the rough edged bloke with problems, the working glass feisty maid, the rich girl and her problems and selfish ways. You can only do them so many times. And all in the first person, too.
I started by liking the three characters and the setting and raced through chapter one. And plodded through two. And in three did anything happen? This book lacks pace.
I'm sorry. Loved all the other books. Sure there will be fans who love this. Just not for Matron.