by Laura Martinez-belli1866, Mexico
Book Review 4.5/5
I knew I was going to love this book when it began with a cast of characters à la a Shakespearean play. Enriched with little known history and authentic persons, the dullness of centuries past becomes suffused with color, bright and alive.
Somewhat reminiscent of Philippa Gregory’s works, The Empress is full of Mexican culture, international politics, power struggles and aristocratic manipulations. Though centurial affairs can be at times dry, there was never a lack of interesting storylines. Martinez-Belli kept the narrative thriving through her many characters, especially the regal Empress Carlota and her questionable lady, Constanza.
I absolutely adore all things history and yet I had never heard of the brief and chaotic empire of Mexico. At times I was so engrossed that I forgot to note mention of food! What a beautifully dramatic period piece it would be. This must become a movie or a series; I’m not picky.
Overall, I found The Empress to be a well written, extremely fascinating and satisfying read.
Book Food Review 1/5
Food was a passing glimpse in The Empress. I really had to get creative, but it was a fun challenge!