Reviewed By Cee-Jay Aurinko for Readers’ Favorite
Being a direct descendant of Esclarmonde d’Alion, a prominent figure in the history of the Cathar people, Luci de Foix finds herself in a dangerous treasure hunt. On her thirtieth birthday, as promised by her grandfather, she was given a diary written by Esclarmonde herself. The diary, besides chronicling Esclarmonde’s life, holds the key to a codex written by Thomas after Jesus came back to life. Other people are also interested in finding the codex. One of them is a man who has no problem with ending another’s life, and the other person is a man who has his sights set on becoming the next pope. What Luci has to figure out is who exactly she can trust out of all the people in her life.
One of the many things brought to light in The Black Madonna by Linda Lee Kane is how a man that people genuinely assume is good can be just has dangerous as any other criminal. This historical novel features more villains than any one hero, or heroine in this case, can handle by themselves. Bringing excitement to all the suspense is someone that Luci had once beaten in a karate tournament as a child – Max. He is hot and he is obviously attracted to Luci, as she is to him. Whether she can trust him is something that even the reader will struggle to figure out. Long before this book comes to its conclusion, the reader will know one thing: trustworthy people are as veridical as every other known mythological invention.