- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Quill (14 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911445898
- ISBN-13: 978-1911445890
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
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What I didn't expect was such a riveting novel full of intrigue, murder and history..
From the insights into the suffering and exile of the French followers of the Huguenot religion to the history of porcelain and the innovative colours used in its decoration in China, Germany, France and England the novel gives in depth explanation and sensitivity to the associated issues. All this is done using a series of colourful, flawed and motivated characters with a gripping plot.
The history and scientific content is never dull and always interesting.
There is even a wonderful descriptive segment capturing all the decadence and opulence of the court of KIng Louis XV.
Characterisation is strong. The telling of Madame Pompadour and Louis the 15th relationship is interesting.