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@Read Book ó To Serve a King ë From her earliest days, Genevieve Gravois has known one fact above all Francis I, king of France, is her enemy Raised by her embittered aunt after her parents deaths, Genevieve has been schooled in things no woman should know how to decipher codes, how to use a dagger and a bow, and how to kill For Henry VIII has a destiny in mind for the young girl as his most powerful and dangerous spyWhen the time is ripe, Genevieve enters the magnificent world of the French court With grace to match her ambition, she becomes maid of honor to Anne de Pisseleau, King Francis s mistress Yet neither the court which teems with artistry and enlightenment as well as intrigue nor Francis himself are at all what Genevieve expected And with her mission, her life, and the fate of two kingdoms at stake, she will be forced to make deadly decisions about where her heart and her ultimate loyalties lie This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I did really enjoy this book, and I found the author s descriptive skills quite brilliant at points The biggest let down was the ending It felt rushed, like a deadline was fast approaching and she needed a quick, solve all ending I was especially unhappy with the character development of her future husband for such an important role he fills at the end he is not mentioned much It just all seemed too clean cut What was surprising as well was that I didn t feel her urgency as a spy very ofte I did really enjoy this book, and I found the author s descriptive skills quite brilliant at points The biggest let down was the ending It felt rushed, like a deadline was fast approaching and she needed a quick, solve all ending I was especially unhappy with the character development of her future husband for such an important role he fills at the end he is not mentioned much It just all seemed too clean cut What was surprising as well was that I didn t feel her urgency as a spy very often This I cannot account for, since the author seems to have kept that plot in the forefront I just seemed to feel some essential emotion missing.Otherwise the research for this novel was brilliant, and I appreciate the author s note at the end describing the historical events the novel was based off of Overall a very charming novel I don t think I ve ever abandoned a book so soon..25 pages in and this is just ridiculous from the plot to the characterizations Maybe it gets better, but this isn t for me I don t mind fluff, but I have to find it believable. 4.5 Stars Genevieve arrives at the court of Francois I with only one purpose to destroy him Embittered against him from an early age, and encouraged by her protector, King Henry VIII, Genevieve has been schooled in the art of espionage with that purpose in mind But her training had one big drawback it was carried out in relative isolation, and Genevieve s first problem upon arriving at court is her struggle to adapt to the social interaction of a courtier s life But she soon catches on and 4.5 Stars Genevieve arrives at the court of Francois I with only one purpose to destroy him Embittered against him from an early age, and encouraged by her protector, King Henry VIII, Genevieve has been schooled in the art of espionage with that purpose in mind But her training had one big drawback it was carried out in relative isolation, and Genevieve s first problem upon arriving at court is her struggle to adapt to the social interaction of a courtier s life But she soon catches on and settles into her new role as lady in waiting, and her new role as Henry s spy in an enemy court.At first it is very easy to carry out her duty, faithfully passing along any information she believes may be of value to Henry She worships him with the pitiable steadfastness of a girl starved for affection, clinging to the smallest notice from him Helping her along is her ability to quickly discern the dark undercurrents moving beneath the glittering, enlightened elegance of the the French court As a lady in waiting to the king s mistress and closest confidant, the duchess d Etampes, she is witness to the battle of wills between the duchess and the king s most trusted advisor, the constable Montncy and to the rivalry between the duchess and the Dauphin s mistress, Diane de Poitiers If that isn t enough, throw in two jealous, jilted wives Queen Eleanor and the Dauphine, Catherine de Medici and you ve got one seething hotbed of power struggles, paranoia, and intrigue.As the weeks go by, Genevieve s mission becomesdifficult She begins to form attachments at court, and she begins to see Francois in a new light She starts to question her beliefs, and Henry s motives But she s got another problem She s become a bit careless, and the king s constable becomes convinced there s a spy in the king s court When his investigation hits too close to home, Genevieve is forced to take drastic measures to protect herself, measures that have tragic consequences At this point the story becomes very suspenseful As the net tightens around Genevieve, Henry asks her to carry out her final task, and the story races along to a very surprising ending that really bumped the book up a notch in my estimation I d picked up a couple of little clues along the way, but I was not at all prepared for what actually went down It s not often that an author can do that to me Ms Morin writes with a natural, easy style and I really enjoyed reading about Francois I It was very refreshing to get a view of Henry VIII from a rival s point of view, and Ms Morin is a born storyteller Filled with sparkling period detail, realistic, compelling characters, romance, suspense, and a few surprises, To Serve a King has everything I like in a book And a great author s note that prompted me to want to learn muchabout the historical figures central to this story I look forward to reading her other novels Author Donna Russo Morin brings intrigue to the court of King Francois I of France in her third historical novel, To Serve a King Young Genevieve s life changes when her parents are killed in a fire at the Field of the Cloth of Gold and King Henry VIII decides she is to be reborn as a spy, his own beautiful weapon Raised in seclusion, by a cold and callous woman she knows as her aunt, Genevieve is taught how to decipher messages, weaponry and languages Also brainwashed into believing King F Author Donna Russo Morin brings intrigue to the court of King Francois I of France in her third historical novel, To Serve a King Young Genevieve s life changes when her parents are killed in a fire at the Field of the Cloth of Gold and King Henry VIII decides she is to be reborn as a spy, his own beautiful weapon Raised in seclusion, by a cold and callous woman she knows as her aunt, Genevieve is taught how to decipher messages, weaponry and languages Also brainwashed into believing King Francois I killed her parents and that King Henry VIII is an all powerful supreme being, she would do anything to avenge her family and please her benefactor, which means infiltrating the court of Francois I as a lady in waiting to Anne d Heilly, the king s mistress But Francois I is not the monster she had been expecting A learned man and patron of the arts, Francois is a true Renaissance king and the fact that he is also charming, generous and sincere is unarming to Genevieve She had been bred to believe the worst of this man and here he was slowly becoming a father figure to her, causing Genevieve to question her mission and torn between the two biggest forces in her life.To Serve a King is a thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing read I loved the quotes that began every chapter, the characters were well developed and the descriptions of Francois opulent court were breathtaking I loved reading about Francois I and now want to knowabout him A fast paced read with a clever and tenacious protagonist, I found it hard to put down Any fan of historical mysteries will love this exciting read by Donna Russo Morin