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Alice Verney is a young woman intent on achieving her dreams. Having left Restoration England in the midst of a messy scandal, she has been living in Louis XIV's baroque, mannered France for two years. Now she is returning home to England and anxious to re-establish herself quickly. First, she will regain her former position as a maid of honor to Charles II's queen. Then she will marry the most celebrated duke of the Restoration, putting herself in a position to attain power she's only dreamed of. As a duchess, Alice will be able to make or break her friends and enemies at will. But all is not as it seems in the rowdy, merry court of Charles II. Since the Restoration, old political alliances have frayed, and there are whispers that the king is moving to divorce his barren queen, who some wouldn't mind seeing dead. But Alice, loyal only to a select few, is devoted to the queen, and so sets out to discover who might be making sinister plans, and if her own father is one of them. When a member of the royal family dies unexpectedly, and poison is suspected, the stakes are raised. Alice steps up her efforts to find out who is and isn't true to the queen, learns of shocking betrayals throughout the court, and meets a man she may be falling in love with and who may spoil all of her plans. With the suspected arrival of a known poison-maker, the atmosphere in the court electrifies, and suddenly the safety of the king himself seems uncertain. Secret plots are at play, and war is on the horizon, but will it be with the Dutch or the French? And has King Charles himself betrayed his country for greed?
The long-awaited prequel to Koen's beloved Through a Glass Darkly, Dark Angels is a feast of a novel that sparkles with all the passion, extravagance, danger, and scandal of 17th-century England.
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"Koen blends history, mystery, and romance to craft a historical romance that will delight fans of the genre." (Publishers Weekly)
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By M on 06-01-08

Dark Angels

Karleen Koen's first novel "Through a Glass Darkly is one of my favorite reads, over the years I have enjoyed it several times. Her next novel was the third part of the trilogy and was almost boring so I was unsure of how "Dark Angels" would be. I was thrilled! This first part of the huge historical drama kept me anxious to keep listening. The details of the English court seemed quite accurate and once again I found myself caught up in the personal lives of the characters and left wanting more. The reader was excellent. If you like "costume dramas" and the works of Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, George Elliot, etc., you will love this book.

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By Kareen on 06-06-07


As the prequel to Through a Glass Darkly this story sets the stage beautifully. For any lover of 18th and 19th century British royalty themes, this would be the book for you. Emotional, exciting, intriguing and speculative. The reader, through excellent vocal effects, brought the players to life and easily pulled you into the story. Truely an enjoyable listen. If you like this story, don't miss Through A Glass Darkly.

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By Muppet on 09-21-08


I took this book on holiday with me and found it to be everything I expected. If you enjoy a good story if a little predictable this book entertains and keeps you listening. The characters are engaging and easy to imagine. It made good holiday reading, if you are looking for an intellectual read this is not it.

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