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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,035 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karleen Koen Narrator: Donada Peters, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781415933619
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Alice Verney is a young woman intent on achieving her dreams. Having left Restoration England in the midst of a messy scandal, she has been living in Louis XIV’s Baroque, mannered France for two years. Now she is returning home to England and anxious to re-establish herself quickly. First, she will regain her former position as a maid of honor to Charles II’s queen. Then she will marry the most celebrated duke of the Restoration, putting herself in a position to attain power she’s only dreamed of. As a duchess, Alice will be able to make or break her friends and enemies at will. 

But all is not as it seems in the rowdy, merry court of Charles II. Since the Restoration, old political alliances have frayed, and there are whispers that the king is moving to divorce his barren queen, who some wouldn’t mind seeing dead. But Alice, loyal only to a select few, is devoted to the queen, and so sets out to discover who might be making sinister plans, and if her own father is one of them. When a member of the royal family dies unexpectedly, and poison is suspected, the stakes are raised. Alice steps up her efforts to find out who is and isn’t true to the queen, learns of shocking betrayals throughout court, and meets a man that she may be falling in love with—and who will spoil all of her plans. With the suspected arrival of a known poison-maker, the atmosphere in the court electrifies, and suddenly the safety of the king himself seems uncertain. Secret plots are at play, and war is on the horizon—but will it be with the Dutch or the French? And has King Charles himself betrayed his country for greed? 

The long-awaited prequel to Koen’s beloved Through a Glass DarklyDark Angels is a feast of a novel that sparkles with all the passion, extravagance, danger, and scandal of seventeenth-century England. Unforgettable in its dramatic force, here is a novel of love and politics, of romance and betrayal, of power and succession—and of a resourceful young woman who risks everything for pride and status in an era in which women were afforded little of either.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A delicious and dark adventure set within the magnificent sweep of the seventeenth-century courts of Charles II of England and Louis XIV of France. Koen’s excellent research and fully drawn characters bring to life the lavish wealth and glamour, the scheming, and the deeply human emotions of a fascinating era. Jean M. Auel, New York Times bestselling author of The Shelters of Stone
  • I loved Dark Angels, I absolutely gobbled it up! Reading it is like stepping into a time machine that sweeps you back to all the drama and intrigue of the English Restoration. The characters are so vivid, the period detail incredible and the plot is completely riveting; a powerful blend of history, romance, adventure and mystery. Susan Carroll, author of The Courtesan 
     
  • Grand and sweeping in the tradition of Forever Amber, the author immerses the reader in history, romance, suspense and the deep, dark secrets of the human heart. Dark Angels is an engrossing novel of royal and racy Restoration England. A triumph! Karen Harper, USA Today bestselling author of The Last Boleyn
  • A richly-textured novel that brings to life the extravagant, scandalous court of Charles II, Dark Angels sweeps the reader into a world in which ambition and betrayal are commonplace–but love is not. Fans of Dorothy Dunnett and Anya Seton will revel in this sumptuous page-turner! India Edgehill, author of Wisdom’s Daughter

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alejandra | 2/16/2014

    " Absolutely loved this. There is a particular passage where she describes the men as vampires...amazing I'll have to find it and post it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/12/2014

    " the reign of King Charles II and his wife, his lovers, and their courtiers, on 17th century England and France. Hopefully very based in history, it was a fascinating intrigue that kept me interested until near the end. Sometimes it would be interesting to see the behind-the-scenes machinations at work and be reminded how the role of women was so limited. I actually found the Queen to be the most interesting. She certainly was the only character that had some sense of self-awareness and realization. the main character's pride nearly made me leave the book completely. Still, very fascinating, for those interested in this era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celia Powell | 1/24/2014

    " Loved this fabulous historical fiction novel - was caught up in it for days. Why does the library not have the sequel? Bastards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 1/21/2014

    " Readed it twice just the story catches you and you can't let go . Anger and fustration with the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Moore | 1/20/2014

    " This is the sequel to Through A Glass Darkly, published by my company (Sourcebooks). I haven't actually read Through A Glass (we published it years ago, before I was with the company), but I picked up an advanced copy of Dark Angels at Book Expo America and read it recently. I really enjoyed it (historical fiction) and am looking forward to reading Through a Glass. Long books, though, so be ready to devote some time to it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juls | 1/18/2014

    " Best book I've read in a long time! Loved the characters. The right amount of love, drama, and action. Better than Jane Austin could write. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Bedford | 1/18/2014

    " Slow start, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/16/2014

    " I liked this book almost as much as "The other Boleyn Girl". It is a little more fiction and a little less history than I usually pick but a good read for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 12/31/2013

    " Audio Book. It reminded me a lot of the Emerald Ring only gloomier. Nothing went right for Alice. I wasn't completely bored but I wouldn't say I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 12/31/2013

    " Story takes places during the reign of Charles II of England and Louis X1V of France. Follows a young courtier navigating the intrigues of both courts. Is a prequel to the novel "Through a Glass Darkly". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/26/2013

    " It was alright, nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/24/2013

    " A good historical fiction read about an era that is not as popular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Finch | 12/23/2013

    " this is a prequel to her other two books. I thought this was a good book but a little boring. I still liked it learning about Alice when she was young and everything she went through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Coney | 12/11/2013

    " Great historical novel. Lots of intrigue. A little rushed towards the end, I would have liked to know more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 12/1/2013

    " I am currently reading this and so far am enjoying it but I have noticed I am able to put it down ( or fall asleep )but still love getting back to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Lindsey | 10/3/2013

    " Light reading, but a fun look at the court of James II. I have read this twice (by accident), and it was just as entertaining the second time as the first. Great airplane read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristina | 8/24/2013

    " This story never really got anywhere. I didn't finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 8/7/2013

    " The frolicking court of Charles II. Characters flat, dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 4/4/2013

    " a fun historical fiction set in the court of Charles II told from one of the maid's of honor. certainly not a history of the time nor a terrific work of literature, but an enjoyable saga of the triumphs and turmoils faced by characters in the royal courts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/14/2013

    " Great historical fiction (can you sense a them) that takes place in England during the reign of Charles II after the restoration. Loved the headstrong female character who's story is told, even if I did want to scream at her at times! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/31/2012

    " The prequel and sequel to Koen's Though a Glass Darkly have both been disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 6/25/2012

    " I enjoyed this book - - it goes along with other 17th century books I've read recently. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 6/8/2012

    " Having trouble getting started with this one. Read the first few chapters last night and though this is my absolute favorite genre, I'm just not getting into this one... Hmmmm, have decided to put this one down and start something else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 11/15/2011

    " published after "Through a Glass Darkly", , it is the story of Barbara's Grandmother... her aristocratic society in Europe - Barbara's foundation..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. It reminded me a lot of the Emerald Ring only gloomier. Nothing went right for Alice. I wasn't completely bored but I wouldn't say I liked it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mckinley | 4/14/2011

    " Read first chapter - didn't get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 4/10/2011

    " Looking forward to reading the prequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/4/2011

    " Read this too long after the first one to be able to accurately connect them - but still enjoyed it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/14/2011

    " Having read the sequel (Through a Glass Darkly) to this book first, I expected more of a lead-in to that book. Kind of disappointing in that regard, but still gave a good feel for the era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/12/2010

    " I loved this book. I want so much more of Alice's story. The next book picks up when she is an old woman and you get glimpses of what happened during her adulthood. I crave so much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill | 12/1/2010

    " Maybe because Chaz. II is not so interesting with his ditzy court and the drama is in the politics which is a boy's game in those days.
    Besides, I liked the Puritans better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 11/5/2010

    " Even better than the first I thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 10/26/2010

    " I enjoyed this book - - it goes along with other 17th century books I've read recently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 10/4/2010

    " Ehhh... not the best book I've ever read but good. If you are a chick/hist/lit fiction fan then you may enjoy it. It just seemed a lot longer than it needed to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 9/25/2010

    " I really enjoyed this writer so much i have ordered all her other books. I will most likely have to reread this book after the other ones which i believe were written first. This is by far my favorite book. "

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About the Author
Author Karleen KoenKarleen Koen is the author of Now Face to Face and Through a Glass Darkly, which was a New York Times bestseller and featured a much older Alice Verney (known in that novel as the Duchess of Tamworth). The author lives in Houston, Texas. Visit her online at karleenkoen.com.
About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.