Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland...

I finished it last night and wow, what a fantastic read! As with her Josephine B series, Sandra brings her setting to life and peoples it with wonderful, fully fleshed characters. Louise de la Vallière (aka Petite) is a sympathetic heroine, grounded in her time while her lover, Louis XIV, is complicated and fascinating. Seeing him develop into The Sun King, while also remaining lover and father to Petite and their children, is one of the highlights of the book. The story follows Petite from her childhood through to the end of her affair with Louis and it's a fascinating journey, as she learns to navigate the intricacies and dangers of Court life while remaining true to herself.

I highly recommend this intriguing and compelling novel to all who love fine fiction.

Teresa

4 comments:

Kelly Boyce said...

Wow, this sounds great, Tess. I'll definitely keep an eye out for it.

Tess said...

It's a gorgeous book as well :) Hope you enjoy it when you get it.

Melissa Marsh said...

I can't wait to read it! I think it will be released in the States next month.

Tess said...

I keep forgetting it's not out in the US yet! You're gonna love it :)