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Author: Marci Jefferson
Published: August 4, 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books
The alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini’s birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination, she was destined to disgrace her family. Nonetheless, Cardinal Mazarin brings his niece to the opulent French court, where the forbidden occult arts thrive in secret. In France, Marie discovers that her powerful uncle rules, using Marie’s sister Olympia to hold the Sun King, Louis XIV, in thrall.
Desperate to avoid her mother’s dying wish that she spend her life in a convent, Marie burns her grimoire, trading Italian superstitions for polite sophistication. As her star rises, King Louis becomes enchanted by Marie’s charm. Sensing a chance to grab even greater power, Cardinal Mazarin pits the sisters against each other, showering Marie with diamonds and silks in exchange for bending King Louis to his will.
Disgusted by Mazarin’s ruthlessness, Marie rebels. She sacrifices everything, but exposing Mazarin’s darkest secret threatens to tear France apart. When even King Louis’ love fails to protect Marie, she must summon her powers of divination.
Fraught with conspiracy and passion, Enchantress of Paris is a captivating historical novel about a woman whose love was more powerful than magic.
I just LOVE historical fiction novels and this one did not disappoint! I actually haven’t read a lot from the French court era and so this was a step for me into this wonderful era! I’ve read some books about Marie Antoinette but nothing really before that. This made me want to travel back in time just to wear those beautiful gowns and the JEWELS!!!
So the story follows Marie Mancini and her rise to becoming King Louis’s true love. Marie is just one of the sisters that lives at court with her uncle, the powerful and ruthless Cardinal Mazarin. Marie and her sisters are named the Mazarinettes because they are wealthy young and beautiful ladies hoping to marry well. Marie has lived in a convent for most of her life because of an “evil star” that her father saw when she was born. It doomed her and her family to humiliation and shame. In order for that to not happen, her mother sent her away but she fell ill and was brought to court. Marie soon turned the head of King Louis away from her older sister, Olympia and fell in love. But will their love endure the turmoils of court and politics?!
Marie was such a headstrong woman especially in those times when women were considered beneath men and were only good to bear heirs. Marie refused that way and wanted to forge her own destiny/fate. She could be a little too headstrong but that’s what made her so likeable. Mazarin was a true terror and villain! He was so ruthless but in that time period I feel like you had to be. King Louis on the other hand was so weak and pitiful! But considering the weight of being King in a land that is fraught with war and intrigue it’s hard to be strong. All of Marie’s sister were great supporting characters and added more to the story. The only complaint I have is that I wish it had more of the astrology in it. Again, the author was trying to keep it as real as possible and I understand that but I just loved the hints of astrology and would have liked more!
I would highly recommend this book if you love historical fiction books like anything from Philippa Gregory!