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 . . .
The native southern Californian, Kate Quinn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. After earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Classical Voice, she wrote four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two other books staged in the Italian Renaissance. After her success with those first six books, she began writing in the 20th century with "The Alice Network" and "The Huntress".
Quinn claims to have always loved history and has said this about why........Too often we grow up thinking history is boring, dull, nothing but flat lists of dates and places. In my books I hope to show the life, the laughter, and the humanity that runs through our common past.
She lives in Maryland with her husband and two dogs.......and has never lost her love of opera, but has added action movies, cooking and the Boston Red Sox.