"Kalogridis puts a human face on one of the most reviled women in history.... Catherine displays a cunning guile and a ruthless streak tempered by her great love for her husband and children. Interwoven into her life story and lending this fictional biography an almost mystical bent is her symbiotic relationship with Cosimo Ruggieri, a mysterious medieval psychic who plays an ever-expanding role in Catherine’s fortunes."
"I enjoyed the book immensely.... It is very well written and well worth the time it will take to read. Be sure to have enough time to sit and actually get into it... it will keep you enthralled."
"Seasoned historic novelist Kalogridis nails the palace intrigue and lush pageantry of the Renaissance."