"The Borgia Mistress" is an intrigue filled historical novel, with Francesca as a strong central character. Sara Poole has brought to life the Papal Court of Pope Alexander VI and his quest for a lasting legacy of the Borgia family. As the third book in this series, it can stand alone but is better enjoyed read in order due to the rich and complex back story.
One of the best parts of this book was learning more about Francesca's childhood and her struggle to accept not only her past but her future. As a fan of historical fiction, these books have been a wonderful read, shedding light on a section of history I'd not read much about. Sara Poole brings to life not only the plague ridden streets of Rome but the shadow-shrouded halls of the Papal Court.
Francesca, as court poisoner for the Pope, has been tormented by the darkness in her soul, worried that it will some day swallow her up. At that day seems to be getting closer and closer. When the court is moved from Rome to the town of Viterbo, Francesca discovers that an assassin has been sent, but the question is not only who is the killer but who is their target? She must rely on all of her hard-earned knowledge of death to keep alive not only those she cares about but also someone important in the political struggle for control of the Papacy. What she discovers could strike at the very heart of the Church itself.
From the author of Poison and The Borgia Betrayal, comes a new historical thriller, featuring the same intriguing and beautiful heroine: Borgia court poisoner, Francesca Giordano
Mistress of death Francesca Giordano—court poisoner to the House of Borgia—returns to confront an ancient atrocity that threatens to extinguish the light of the Renaissance and plunge the world into eternal darkness. As the enemies of Pope Alexander VI close in and the papal court is forced to flee from Rome, Francesca joins forces with her lover, the brilliant and ruthless Cesare Borgia to unravel a conspiracy that strikes at the heart of Christendom. But when a shattering secret from her past imperils her precarious hold on sanity, only Francesca’s own courage and resolve can draw her back from the brink of madness to save all she values most.