More than just a fictional take on a compelling historical figure. Meticulously researched, containing an extravagant wealth of detail, this delightful book chronicles the first eighteen years of the ill-fated queen’s life, from pampered and indulged Austrian archduchess to Queen of France. Much of it is told in first person, and the impish qualities of the indulged young princess, thrust at age fourteen into the frivolous and dissolute (and let's nt forrget treacherous) French court, is mesmerizing. If you like solidly-based historical biography in a fiction form, this is the book for you. The first of a trilogy, the second book will be released in summer 2012. It’s a 4+; book groups might enjoy this.