Francesca is the official poisoner of Pope Alexander VI, Rodrigo Borgia, and is responsible for helping protect his life from various enemies. When Morozzi, the man who killed her father returns to Rome, Francesca is determined to be the one who ends his life. But with multiple enemies and foes on the chessboard of 1493 politics, it's hard to know who is friend and who is foe. Facing the darkness inside her, Francesca must give up all she cares for to achieve the revenge she greatly craves. But will it be worth the cost?
"The Borgia Betrayal" by Sara Poole is actually the second book in this series, but reads quite well as a stand alone novel. With a gripping plot, larger than life characters, and some of history's most intriguing times, this book will delight fans of history and adventure. There is plenty of blood, mystery, history, and sex for all tastes in this gripping read. I may have missed "Poison", the first book, when it came out, but I will definitely be looking it up now.
Before the Tudors, there were the Borgias. More passionate. More dangerous. More deadly.
From the author of Poison, called “stunning”* and “a fascinating page-turner,” comes a new historical thriller, featuring the same intriguing and beautiful heroine: Borgia court poisoner, Francesca Giordano.
In the summer of 1493, Rodrigo Borgia, Alexander VI, has been pope for almost a year. Having played a crucial role in helping him ascend the chair of Saint Peter, Francesca, haunted by the shadows of her own past, is now charged with keeping him there. As court poisoner to the most notorious and dangerous family in Italy, this mistress of death faces a web of peril, intrigue, and deceit that threatens to extinguish the light of the Renaissance.
As dangers close in from every direction, Francesca conceives a desperate plan that puts her own life at risk and hurls her into a nightmare confrontation with a madman intent on destroying all she is pledged to protect. From the hidden crypts of fifteenth-century Rome to its teeming streets alive with sensuality, obsession, and treachery, Francesca must battle the demons of her own dark nature to unravel a plot to destroy the Borgias, seize control of Christendom, and plunge the world into eternal darkness.