The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen

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Pulled by chance from her traveling actor family into service under the influential mistress of Louis XIV, Claudette uses her considerable talents to spy on personal and political rivals, only to have her loyalty questioned in the wake of a mercurial Athénaïs's fascination with dark magic.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2014
ISBN: 9780385537520
0385537522
Characteristics: 321 p. : genealogical table ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Shadow queen : a novel

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missm113
Dec 16, 2015

I listened to this on audio cd, such a wonderful and unique story.

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kittypetersen
Nov 23, 2015

A good read. Realistic historical details of court life of Louis XIV.

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Blabbermouth
Jul 05, 2015

This was a good book, not brilliant but good. I would try at least one more of Sandra Gulland's writings.

ChristchurchLib May 25, 2014

"Born into a family of actors, Claudette leaves her parents' theater troupe to become the companion of King Louis XIV's mistress Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Madame de Montespan, also known as The Shadow Queen for her influence over the king. Serving as both confidante and spy, Claudette employs her theatrical talents to keep her mistress informed about friends and rivals alike. However, Athénaïs' increasing fascination with dark magic troubles Claudette, forcing her to question their arrangement and reevaluate her own precarious position at court. Royal intrigue writ large against an atmospheric backdrop distinguishes this 2nd book in the Sun Court Duet, after Mistress of the Sun." Historical Fiction May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e50d3b6d-378e-4915-9d8d-81d97c403015?postId=c0b70f16-386e-48a4-b591-361bd05d1065

ehbooklover May 05, 2014

Another wonderfully engrossing and well-researched historical novel by Sandra Gulland. This particular title focuses on the life of Claude des Oeillets, who evolves from a lowly player in the Parisian theatre community to become the attendant and confidante of one of Louis XIV’s most powerful and influential mistresses.

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