REVIEW: Light on Lucrezia (Lucrezia Borgia #2) by Jean Plaidy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Historical Fiction, Pages: 384, Reading Level: Easy

Book Description:

“Some said she was an elegant seductress. Others swore she was an incestuous murderess. It didn’t matter what they called her. She was the most dangerous and sought-after woman in all of Rome. She was Lucrezia Borgia.

Born into Rome’s notorious Borgia family, young Lucrezia led a life colored by violence and betrayal. Now, married for the second time at just eighteen, she hopes for happiness with her handsome husband, Alfonso. But faced with brutal murder, she’s soon torn between her love for her husband and her devotion to her brother Cesare… And in the days when the Borgias ruled Italy, no one was safe from the long arm of their power. Even Lucrezia.

In this compelling story of a beautiful woman caught up in a tortuous web of fear and love, Jean Plaidy sheds light on the much maligned Lucrezia and vividly brings her to life.”

Light on Lucrezia continues the story of Lucrezia Borgia from the first in the series, Madonna of the Seven Hills by Jean Plaidy. Dubbed ‘the original crime family,’ the Borgias were quite the interesting family and the myths that follow them are certainly intriguing.

Jean Plaidy is a phenomenal writer and her story is captivating. I was surprised that she portrayed Lucrezia as the innocent pawn since that seems to be a rare occurrence. While unexpected, it was not an unwelcome point of view. And I will not comment on the notorious relationship between brother and sister; I’ll let you discover how Plaidy handles that for yourself.

In addition, even though Cesare is portrayed as a vicious monster, I actually found myself feeling for him when he was down. What a testament to Plaidy’s writing skills. Or maybe it’s just me.

Anyway, I recommend this series to those who enjoy historical fiction. It is a fairly quick read, the writing is superb and the Borgias definitely make for good drama.

Reviewed by Christina
October 3, 2013

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