Title: The Lady of Secrets
Author: Susan Carroll
Series: The Dark Queen Saga
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Dark Queen
2. The Courtesan
3. The Silver Rose
4. The Huntress
5. Twilight of a Queen
Date Started: October 12
Date Finished: October 16
Format: Paperback from library co-op
Lady Margaret Wolfe has finally become the Lady of Faire Isle. Due to her declining health, Arianne decided to give up her post and spend whatever time she had left with her husband. Meg has blossomed into a woman and has flourished under the new title. But her old demons still haunt her and they really press on her when a man named Lord Patrick Graham asks for her assistance with a matter that has to deal with the king of England. Despite Seraphine’s protests and Lord Graham’s traveling companion – Doctor Blackwood – warning, Meg agrees to go to the king’s side and see if she can break the curse.
If you’ve paid attention to any of my other reviews of Carroll’s work in this series, you’ll know that the heroine of our tale falls in love with the male who gives her the most problems while also overcoming some marvelous and tragic feat. And if you haven’t then…surprise! So, as much as I love Carroll’s work, I have to admit this book sort of bored me to tears. Meg was her ever annoying self and the only time I didn’t find her aggravating was when she was around Blackwood. But even then, I found the process somewhat repetitive. Of course, Meg was going to fall for him, because what other guy was there that gave off that much tension and drama? …Okay, there was Lord Graham, but considering his fear of witches that was just too hard an obstacle to overcome – although I would have been impressed if Carroll had done such a feat.
I guess I should also mention that the Silver Rose coven shows up again, this time to make good on Cassandra’s promises, but even that was somewhat boring even with the plotting, murder, and insanity. Uh oh…
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. If you haven’t already read the other five books in the series, then you would enjoy this novel. The characters are well shaped and well executed, but, if you’re like me, and have read the other five, the plot just became too predictable.
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