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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,494 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Gulland Narrator: Diana Leblanc Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set against the magnificent decadence of the 17th century court of the Sun King, Mistress of the Sun begins when an eccentric young Louise falls in love with a wild white stallion and uses ancient magic to tame him. This one desperate action of her youth shadows her throughout her life, changing it in ways she could never imagine.

Unmarriageable, and too poor to join a convent, she enters the court of the Sun King as a maid-of-honor, where the King is captivated by her athleticism and her striking grace. As their love unfolds, Louise bears Louis four children, is made a duchess, and reigns unrivaled as his official mistress until dangerous intrigue threatens her position at court and in Louis's heart.

A riveting love story with a captivating mystery at its heart, Mistress of the Sun resurrects a fascinating female figure from the shadows of history, and illuminates both the power of true and perfect love and the rash actions we take to capture and tame it. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Suspenseful, evocative, atmospheric, and deliciously satisfying reading, with an immensely appealing heroine.” 

    Margaret George, author of Helen of Troy

  • Mistress of the Sun is dangerously seductive. It’s one of those books that will grab you and hold you captive till the last page is turned.” 

    Montreal Gazette

  • “Skillfully blends fact and fiction…A supernatural element threaded throughout adds color to Gulland's vivid period imaginings.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Teeming with the rich period details that make historical fiction so rewarding, Gulland’s dynamic and nuanced portrait of Louis’ notorious reign thrums with page-turning expediency and deliciously seductive machinations.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christy | 2/14/2014

    " A bit of a smutty historical summer read, but still very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/12/2014

    " Not as good as the Josephine B. trilogy but still entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 2/6/2014

    " Historical fiction based on the true lives of Louise de la Valliere, mistress of Louis XIV. The story takes you back to Louise's childhood, her encounter with King Louis and their relationship through the years. Petite's (Louise's) life is filled with love for her King and lover Louis, but also her struggle with admitting and living the life of a courtesan. Petite survives the death of several of her children, the "sharing" of her lover with another woman, the wish to help her family and her personal struggle with morals. The writing was well done, the description of life in the seventeenth century interesting, and history told from the eyes of Louis XIV's lover all make the book an enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kersten | 2/4/2014

    " Ahh...trashy historical romance novel. Candy for the pool. "

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