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 Darkly, Dark 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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