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    Jaki Demarest

The Cardinal’s Heir

by: Jaki Demarest

Cardinal Richelieu is dead, a victim of poison. The throne of France, which he has long protected, is once more unstable as rival factions vie for power. But the Cardinal has appointed two heirs: one to his religious position, and one to head the elite spy ring that has maintained France’s fragile political balance.

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Jaki Demarest conquered the Ottoman Empire in 1417, declaring herself Emperor and God. She then went on to wage cruel war on neighboring European states, carving herself a vast territory and earning the soubriquet Jaki the Terrible. Her faithful, muscular and scantily-clad minions describe her as "kind, thoughtful and please don't kill me."

Just kidding. No, Jaki is one of those odd souls who never wanted to be a writer. She isn’t remotely qualified; she doesn’t own any cats, isn't married with the requisite three-to-five children, and doesn’t have a secluded ranch. But, alas, her Very Psychic Mother ™ has been announcing for close to thirty years that Jaki was going to be a writer, and mom was right as usual. This is Jaki's third book, and the fourth is in the works. Jaki has long and cheerfully studied multiple forms of armed, unarmed and stage combat, earning herself scars, broken bones and a couple of pleasant hospital trips in the process. (There is nothing worse than hospital gefilte fish, with the possible exception of an eternity spent in a small Second Empire drawing room with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Don't even go there.) Relationships with Jaki tend to be a bit Klingon; she once managed to hospitalize a Navy SEAL in a sparring match, after which they decided to date. In her spare time, Jaki is a professional actor; she played Hamlet, Mephistopheles and numerous less interesting roles in New York, did a national tour of Cyrano de Bergerac, and has starred in a handful of dubious indie films. She’s currently directing/acting/etc. for a Washington DC-based classical theater company called the Rude Mechanicals, findable at rudemechanicals.com. Thanks and love to her family and friends, without whom she would be a lost little Mongol, alone in the rain…
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Cardinal Richelieu is dead, a victim of poison. The throne of France, which he has long protected, is once more unstable as rival factions vie for power. But the Cardinal has appointed two heirs: one to his religious position, and one to head the elite spy ring that has maintained France’s fragile political balance.

Francoise Marguerite de Palis, the Cardinal’s lovely but low born niece, is devastated by her uncle’s murder and vows revenge, which she sets out after immediately. Though the task is daunting, she at least has some formidable tools at her command. Not only is she now the head of the Cardinal’s Eyes, but is arguably the most powerful Sorciere in all France. Shapeshifting into her character Biscarrat, notorious swordsman, she sets out to find her uncle’s murderer. But with an unexpected ally.

Handsome and dashing Jean de Treville, head of the King’s Musketeers, is saddened to learn of the Cardinal’s death, though both headed groups not generally fond of one another. Sadness turns to stunned amazement, however, when he learns who has been appointed to lead the Cardinal’s spy ring … and who is also, in fact, the swordsman who has bested him on numerous occasions. Not to mention the beautiful, and untouchable, wife of Court favorite, Antoine de Palis.

But just as there is more, much more, to the enchanting Francoise, so is there more than simple murder afoot. Side by side, Francoise and Jean descend into a maelstrom of magic as they battle another powerful Sorcier, and enter a bloody race to obtain a fabulous jewel. And the throne of France hangs in the balance, supported only by the magic and mastery of …

The Cardinal’s Heir

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Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2004
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"For an absolutely enchanting tale filled with humor, magic, and mayhem, pick up a copy of The Cardinal's Heir today." ~ Romance Reviews Today

"I loved it! Smart, funny, impeccably researched, an absolute feast for fans of Dumas. You'll recognize Biscarrat and Kitty from The Three Musketeers, and Madeleine from Twenty Years After, all rendered with enjoyable revisionist twists. Fans of Joss Whedon will enjoy the writing style, especially the banter. Internal monologues are also hilarious." ~ Independent Reviewer