Book Review: The Fallen Angel (Frances Gorges #3) by Tracy Borman (Historical Fiction)
Title: The Fallen Angel (Frances Gorges #3) Author: Tracy Borman Publisher: Grove Atlantic Publication Date: 10 November 2020 Pages: 480 Format: eBook - PDF Genre: Historical Fiction Source: ARC via NetGalley
Frances Gorges seems destined to be happy at last.
King James has apparently lost his appetite for hunting witches,
so the medical skills and herbal knowledge that saw Frances accused of
witchcraft no longer seem to hang over her like a death sentence. The
King would rather be hunting stag and boar - and Frances's beloved
husband Thomas is firmly established in the royal household as the
Master of Buckhounds. Their family is growing and their estates are
But life at court is never without intrigue, jealousy and danger for long, and a new arrival turns the world upside down.
Villiers is a young man with the face of an angel - and as his many
enemies are about to discover, the cunning heart of a devil.
James is totally in thrall to this charismatic new lover. All the King's
former favourites are crushed by Villiers' lies and ruthless scheming.
Thomas's life is made a misery and Frances is back under suspicion as
Villiers - rapidly made the Earl of Buckingham - moves to secure the
hand and fortune of her friend Katherine Manners.
Appalled at the
courtier's greed and ambition and the King's weakness and lust, Frances
finds herself drawn back towards her old friend Sir Walter Raleigh and
his last, desperate plot to see a Catholic monarch on the throne. And
then her troubles really begin...
The Fallen Angel is a compelling conclusion to the Frances Gorges trilogy. Once more, Borman takes us back to the intrigues of the Stuart Court, as Frances desperately tries to keep her family and friends safe from new foes. The story moves at a good pace, with plenty of action and tension, and I found the ending satisfying. The historical detail is sufficient to set the scene, without the need for info dumps, and the characters all come across as well-rounded, carefully drawn figures. I would definitely recommend this series to fans of historical fiction featuring gutsy heroines. 4.5 stars from me.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.