Review: The Borgia Bride

Book Description:

Vivacious Sancha of Aragon arrives in Rome newly wed to a member of the notorious Borgia dynasty. Surrounded by the city's opulence and political corruption, she befriends her glamorous and deceitful sister-in-law, Lucrezia, whose jealousy is as legendary as her beauty. Some say Lucrezia has poisoned her rivals, particularly those to whom her handsome brother, Cesare, has given his heart. So when Sancha falls under Cesare's irresistible spell, she must hide her secret or lose her life. Caught in the Borgias' sinister web, she summons her courage and uses her cunning to outwit them at their own game.

This was my first foray into the author, Jeanne Kalogridis, and I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. Sancha of Aragon was a sympathetic character, someone you could really admire for her strength, especially when dealing with the Borgia family. Cesare Borgia was most evil, but at the same time, fun to hate. I even came to realize that there was some goodness in Lucrezia Borgia, which I haven't read much of. If you like drama, corruption, murder and don't mind a little incest, then I definitely recommend this book.

Overall: 4.5/5


  1. What a great start to your blog! Thank you so much for linking to mine! I'm honored and I'll add you to my blog roll as well. I love the picture of the castle. Very nice.

  2. I'm glad you liked this one, it is on my wishlist. You've made me want it even more!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog today - I've added you to my list! I loved The Borgia Bride. The author has a new book coming out in the UK about Catherine de Medici - I'm thinking about ordering it.

  4. I am glad that my review helped! I meant every word I said about the book. Yes, it's not as good as Outlander.But it's Diana Gabaldon, and she's brilliant. How can the book not be good? :) Can't wait to hear what you think of "Through a Glass Darkly."

  5. I loved this book when I read it a while ago. Since then I have been intending to read more by this author, but just haven't managed it yet!

    Welcome to blogging.

  6. Wow! You're barely a year old! It seems like I've known you so much longer! :-) I'll link your review over at Books 'N Border Collies.



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