The Lion and the RoseTHE LION AND THE ROSE


Genre: Historical Romance

Series: The Borgias #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Series: A Novel of the Borgias
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425268764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425268766


From the national bestselling author of The Serpent and the Pearl comes the continuing saga of the ruthless family that holds all of Rome in its grasp, and the three outsiders thrust into their twisted web of blood and deceit . . .

As the cherished concubine of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Giulia Farnese has Rome at her feet. But after narrowly escaping a sinister captor, she realizes that the danger she faces is far from over—and now, it threatens from within. The Holy City of Rome is still under Alexander’s thrall, but enemies of the Borgias are starting to circle. In need of trusted allies, Giulia turns to her sharp-tongued bodyguard, Leonello, and her fiery cook and confidante, Carmelina.

Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance’s most notorious family, Giulia, Leonello, and Carmelina must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power. But as the shadows of murder and corruption rise through the Vatican, they must learn who to trust when every face wears a mask . . .

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THE LION AND THE ROSE by Kate Quinn is an interesting Historical Fiction set in 1494 to 1498 Rome. The continuing saga of the Borgia family. But can be read as a stand alone.  The Borgia family was a  ruthless family that held Rome in its grasp and the three outsiders who may just bring them down. Get caught up in the web of deceit, power, danger, religion, blood, murder, corruption and fear. Rome, where passions run wild,and secrets are everywhere. The Holy City of Rome, is under Borgia Pope Alexander VI’s clutches. His concubine, Giulia Farnese, her sharp-tongued, dwarf bodyguard, Leonello, and her cook and confidante, Carmelina play a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Giulia is married but her husband traded her for the Pope’s favors. The Vatican is dangerous, powerful and corrupt to say the least.

Fast paced, and danger filled from beginning to end. If you enjoy the Renaissance era, the Borgia’s(one of Rome’s most notorious family) and the many mask people wear, than you are in for a real treat with “The Lion and The Rose. Ms. Quinn is a wonderful storyteller, she brings intrigue and drama to life and to a new level in Historical Fiction.  The characters are interesting as well as complex. A riveting story of the ancient world of Rome. I was amazed at all the Vatican got away with and could do in the name of religion and power. What an intriguing tale! It is hard to tell rather love even existed during this era. I am sure it did, but, don’t know that the Borgia’s understood the concept. A very dramatic and emotional story! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book  Addiction and More