THE REBEL PRINCESS
JUDITH KOLL HEALEY
ISBN#: 9780061673566/ 9780061891625/ 9780061891632/ 9780061891700/ 9780061891656/ 9780061891670/ 9780061891663/ 9780061891687
William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
18 and Up; Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 Cups
Princess Alais of France has secrets. Everyone does, and when it comes to the royal courts, everyone and everything within seems more mysterious.
William of Caen is just one of the many knights who protect King Philippe Auguste of France. He also happens to be the longtime lover of Princess Alais.
One of the many secrets that Princess Alais keeps is that Francis, William’s ward, is in fact her son. When she receives a missive from her dearest friend, Joanna of England, Countess of Toulouse talking of war because of heresy, the princess has to convince her brother not to go to war against her friend. At mass she spies a beautiful chalice with golden snakes climbing the stem and comments how beautiful and unusual the cup is. Suddenly and mysteriously, the cup disappears and along with it Francis, leaving Princess Alais to find her missing son along with the chalice in hopes of detaining a war that will cost many lives.
The Rebel Princess is full of thirteenth century history, vivid scenes, court politics, and hidden agendas. Ms. Healey brings alive the many diverse cultures as well as the complications of life for people who did not follow the religious beliefs of the time. The court intrigue and deception from different characters was complex and at times confusing, especially if you do not know much about this time frame and place. The story will definitely leave you in suspense with an ending that tells you to expect more about Princess Alais, William of Caen, and France during the thirteenth century.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More