By Golden Keyes Parsons
Great sequel to a fascinating fiction series! Bring on #3!
Initially, I avoided the first book, In the Shadow of the Sun King, because I didn't think seventeenth century France would interest me. I was wrong.
Not only did I enjoy the storylines and subplots of both books, I found myself enlightened as to some of the history of Christians fighting Christians; specifically, Catholics and Huguenots (Protestants who follow the teachings of John Calvin).
Examining it from my view as a modern U. S. citizen, this story seems surreal and the logic warped. Examining it from the view of a long ago culture, one can see that perhaps the logic has some basis, however misguided, in the desire to be religious.
This intriguing series exposes a need to scrutinize one's own faith and consider how Christians treat each other today. Perhaps, we have much to learn from history.
Synopsis/Plot: King Louis XIV has taken vengeance on the husband of Madeleine, a woman known to be the king's first love. Madeleine's husband has been sent to work on a ship, work which is intended to bring a slow and painful death. Madeleine and her firstborn are kidnapped and taken to Versailles. In spite of the hardship, Madeleine sees her need to reach out for God. What is God saying to her as she must make painful decisions to protect her family?