AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES
For fans of the late Middle Ages and Saint-Germain, this tale is a gem. Richly detailed and fully envisioned, the story draws readers into the ambitious medieval court, with all the intrigue and religious fervor it entails. The lonely and perilous life of Count Saint-Germain is portrayed with such compassion that one cannot help but sympathize.
Exiled from his homeland and estate by the jealous king of Hungary, Saint-Germain is banished to the court of the king’s granddaughter, the queen of Bohemia. Under the watchful eyes of spies, Saint-Germain treads a tricky path between the two perilous allies. Enjoined to create jewels to please the queen, Saint-Germain attracts the attention and envy of many at her court, despite his attempt to maintain a low profile. Saint-Germain must find a way to remove himself from the court or risk losing those he is sworn to protect. (TOR, Mar., 383 pp., $29.99)