By Susan Carroll
From Brittany’s misty beaches to the decadent elegance of Paris’s royal court docket, one girl needs to satisfy her destiny–while dealing with the treacherous designs of Catherine de Medici, the darkish queen.
She is Ariane, the girl of Faire Isle, one of many Cheney sisters, popular for his or her mystical talents and for holding the isle safe and filthy rich. yet this can be a time whilst ladies of skill are deemed sorceresses, while Renaissance France is torn via ruthless political intrigues, and all are held in thrall to the sinister goals of Queen Catherine de Medici. Then a wounded stranger arrives on Faire Isle, bearing a mystery the darkish Queen will do every thing in her strength to own. the one individual Ariane can flip to is the comte de Renard, a nobleman with fiery choice and a earlier as mysterious as his personal strange gifts.
Riveting, vivid, and breathtaking, The darkish Queen follows Ariane and Renard as they threat every thing to avoid the achievement of a dreadful prophecy–even in the event that they needs to tempt destiny and their very own passions.
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