The story takes place in 1492 in Rome and is told from the point of view of Francesca, who in trying to avenge her fathers' murder does the unthinkable.
Cardinal Borgia, who is willing to put everything on the line in order to achieve becoming the Pope, hires her as his private poisoner. Her job is to protect him and his family from assassins while plotting to kill the current Pope. While she does this she also uncovers what her father was trying to achieve and who he was. Which brings her closer to his killer. Francesca is a brave young woman who will do anything in her power to protect the ones she loves, while not afraid to die for them if she must. I liked the idea of this book, but thought it was poorly written. The detail and the language of the time period just didn't seem to be that accurate. I understand that the Borgias were real and Francesca is the fictional character that the author invented, I still hoped it would be a little more believable. Francesca is such a fictional character that if she got killed in the book I really wouldn't care. Many times I said to myself "yea right, that would not happen in the 15th century". There are so many aspects that just don't make her real. I couldn't get into this book. I forced myself to get through the first few chapters and then it became a little easier but not by much. The story is told from her point of view, and the way it's written it feels like she is in the 15th century and now she's telling us what has happened. Like a campfire story. So you know she survives even though her life is at danger all the time. And then when she talks about the poison and how to prepare certain kinds she brakes off and explains that she can't say more or us (the reader) would know how to make such poison and she is protecting us. Well all I felt was the author didn't know much about poison and now we have to suffer. I felt like there was no action in this book, mostly because it was interrupted by Francesca talking. I feel there is too much talk and not a lot of action. The so called romance between Cesare Borgia and Francesca is merely a couple quickes. It lacked passion. There were also some spelling issues that just bug the hell out of me.