Welcome back to the eighth month of Calendar Girls! It’s a monthly blog event co-hosted by Flavia and myself, and designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers. Calendar Girls was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl, (because I’m an oldies fanatic. 😛) For more information, click here!
Best Historical Fiction Novel
Oh no. Uh… So… I’m not really sure how I managed to pick a historical fiction novel and not from a lack of choices. In fact, I used to read solely historical fiction when I was in high school and college, but the problem is… I forgot most of them! I know! I’m such a horrible excuse for a reader! But the problem was… after a while, the stories all started to blend together and I… haven’t thought about many of them in years. So… I guess I’ll just have to pick the one I remember the most, which is…
The Devil’s Queen
by Jeanne Kalogridis
Warning: This is not a YA novel. It is not even PG-13, if I remember correctly. It’s extremely DARK… but that is why I love it! 😈
The Devil’s Queen follows Catherine de Medici from when she was a young, orphaned woman with enough money to make her a target and into adulthood as she marries Prince Henry of France. Even from a tender age, she is shown the darkness of the world around her. She learns to do what she must to survive, including finding the inner strength that women must.
It really delves into her psyche and portrays just how much, or rather how little, a woman, even a queen, is worth during this time in history. Yet what I loved most about this story was the darkness within it. As some know, Catherine de Medici was believed to dabble in the occult and such a thing is brought into this story and woven in so beautifully. It adds such a dark, glorious tone that drew me in and sunk its claws in, barring me from leaving. That being said, this isn’t a book I would recommend for the faint of heart. 😉
Have you read The Devil’s Queen yet?
If you haven’t, you should!
Calendar Girls’ picks for Best Historical Fiction Novel!
Flavia – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Katie – The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Shanah – City of Thieves by David Benioff
Adrienne – The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Lauren – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Mandy – Out of the Easy by Ruta Septeys
Dawlyn & Krista – The Book Thief by Markus Zusack
Sophie – Fall of Giants by Ken Follet
Deanna – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee