200352Jeanne Kalogridis is fast becoming one of my go-to authors when I get the yen to read something historical and Spanish/Italian.  With the completion of the Borgia Bride, I have read all but her latest book and have enjoyed them all.

The Borgia Bride is set in late 1400 early 1500s Italy during the reign of the most notoriously corrupt pope in papal history, Pope Alexander VI; as well as the bloody reign and betrayal of his son Cesare and the madness of his daughter Lucrezia.  All famous and infamous characters in their own right, they have more recently regained notoriety through the HBO series based on their lives.

We are introduced to young, fiery Sancha of Aragorn, a princess of the realm who finds herself married off to the youngest and least notable Borgia bastard Jofre and forced to live in Rome amongst the madness and debauchery that ruled the papacy.  Falling madly in love with Cesare at first sight, Sancha of course finds herself torn between love and duty and in the end being betrayed by all those she has come to love and hold most dear, and losing the only thing that ever mattered to her in her life: her brother.

I actually have no complaints about this book.  There was nothing I wish the author had done differently or anything like that.  It is not one of the world’s greatest works of fiction, but it is a fascinating and compelling read with vibrant characters that is well written.

On a bit of a graphic novel kick now, so we’re going to look at a twisted version of Robin Hood by Patrick Shand.

16257093In the land of Myst, a tryant rules the city of Bree with an iron fist, leaving its citizens living in fear and terror. But all hope is not lost as a young orphan girl from another world discovers her destiny and becomes the legend she was meant to be. The creators of Grimm Fairy Tales, Wonderland, and Neverland bring you the next great hero in the Grimm Universe!