The second entry in Mosse’s epic fictional chronicle of the conflict between the Huguenots and the Catholics in sixteenth-century France finds former Catholic Minou Joubert now married to Piet Reydon, the Huguenot man she fell in love with in the series’ first tale ... Mosse presents another absorbing historical yarn that mixes intrigue, action, and family drama with aplomb.
Mosse keeps a firm grip on the extremely complex Reformation history in which her characters are enmeshed. The role of Vidal in the plot is less successfully executed. The aging and ailing prelate appears too overtly crazy to fulfill his intended role as mastermind and nemesis. And there may be too many minutely described stabbings for some tastes.Thrills aplenty as readers await the next installment of this well-researched series.