In The Prince of Poison, the long-awaited conclusion to the Alix of Wanthwaite trilogy, Alix finds herself pregnant with the child of Richard the Lionheart -- the rightful heir to the throne -- even as she runs from his ruthless brother, Prince John, who seeks to kill her and the baby to ensure his own place as king. Through sheer determination, Alix makes her way to Paris and finds shelter with her old friend Bonel. There is no safe harbor for Alix and her child, and they are separated soon after he is born. Now Alix is determined to return to England and be reunited with her child and her beloved Enoch, the husband she was forced to leave behind. But she returns to find a very different England -- one laid to waste by the greedy Prince John. To restore peace and justice to England and reclaim what's left of her former life, Alix joins an alliance of northern lords who pledge to end the reign of the prince of poison.
This brisk if jumbled historical romance concludes the author's trilogy about Lady Alix of Wanthwaite, a 13th-century English noblewoman whom trouble seems to follow. Most pressingly, King John, the prince of the title, believes Lady Alix to be carrying the bastard son of his dead brother Richard the Lion-Hearted-i.e., the rightful heir-so John marks her and her unborn child for death. After biting the king's member at the climax of a highly improbable but winningly bawdy opening chase scene, Alix, who narrates, escapes back to England with the help of Norman Jews and has the baby-a boy, natch. Unfortunately her legal husband and true love, the Scotsman Enoch, has thought her dead, and remarried, and John is soon back on the trail of Alix and son Theo. Alix and Theo are separated, and John eventually tracks Theo down. John does not relent, but Alix has connections, and Enoch is never completely out of the picture. Kaufman, who lives in L.A., mixes sound historiography and vivid dialogue with implausible events; this follow-up to Banners of Gold gets good mileage out of genre conventions. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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April 10, 2006
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Excerpt from The Prince of Poison by Pamela Kaufman
Enoch. Suddenly the very name was a sunburst in my soul. I'd dwelt so completely on the fact that his death was a lie, that Richard had lied to me, that I hadn't been fully aware till this moment of the portent of that lie. Enoch lived, that was the miracle, as remarkable as if I'd learned that my father and mother awaited me at Wanthwaite. . . . There was a long hazardous road ahead with Enoch, and I wasn't ready to ride it yet.
Meantime, it was enough to know that he breathed the same air I did, knew dawn and sunset, hope and despair. He might hate me forever, but I was still glad he lived.
Now I must face the physical dangers at my heels. I walked to Sea Mew and mounted. Hamo and Bok, dressed as gardeners, mounted as well.
Had the death knell stopped ringing, or were we beyond its reach? Above, an invisible lark trilled its song.
"Where is the closest port where we might sail with safety?" I asked Hamo.
Surprised at my purposeful tone, he thought a moment. "Bordeaux. It's the queen's favorite city, but she rarely goes there."