Book Review: The Devil’s Slave by Tracy Borman

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After finishing The King’s Witch, Book One in the Frances Gorges trilogy, I immediately purchased Book Two: The Devil’s Slave.

The Devil’s Slave is a continuation of Frances’ story and the plots she became embroiled in to return England to Catholicism under the reign of King James I.

As a Historian and joint Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, Tracy Borman has the perfect background to write such a book. Her knowledge easily translates with scenes that are strewn with historical detail, as well as vivid descriptions of the surroundings that bring the story and her characters to life. Having always wanted to be a fly on the wall at court, Borman’s writing style immersed me in the lives and events at the beginning of 17th century England, in a way that I had never imagined.

Frances Gorges is/was (because she WAS real) a woman who I easily connected with in The King’s Witch. She was considered a healer during a time when it constituted witchcraft, but all Frances wanted to do was help people.

*If you have not read The King’s Witch and do not want spoilers, skip the next paragraph.

In The King’s Witch, Frances lost the love of her life, Thomas Wintour, when he was executed for treason because of his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot. After Thomas’ death Frances found herself in mourning and pregnant with the child of a traitor. Unmarried and having already been accused of witchcraft, Frances needed a plan. Would she raise her child on her own, and would she continue plotting to avenge her love’s death? In the Devil’s Slave, Frances once again loses people whom she loves dearly…but who will it be this time?

With a touch of Elizabethan history, Sir Walter Raleigh encourages Frances from the Tower of London to help carry out the Catholic schemes. Risking everything, Frances discovers that listening to Raleigh may be her only option – but it could also lead to her utter destruction.

The Devil’s Slave is a wonderful story a lady whose convictions are easily used against her – but Frances is a woman with a past who won’t make the same mistakes twice. Outside forces are pulling the strings, and Frances will do what she has to to take back control.

The Devil’s Slave is a wonderful story a lady whose convictions are easily used against her – but Frances is a woman with a past who won’t make the same mistakes twice. Outside forces are pulling the strings, and Frances will do what she has to to take back control.

Will Frances choose the path of the devil, or will she allow her faith to show her the way?

Book Two does not disappoint, and it leaves you anxiously awaiting Book Three with the conclusion of Frances’ story.

Tracy Borman is creating quite a career for herself in the historical fiction arena! Who knew someone could make the court of King James I interesting?!

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One thought on “Book Review: The Devil’s Slave by Tracy Borman

  1. The court of King James I not interesting?
    Frances Howard, Robert Carr and the Sir Thomas Overbury ?

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