3.5 stars. Susan Carroll's The Dark Queen (the first in this series) was the first book that I read in 2006 when I picked up reading again after a loooong hiatus and so I have a particularly soft spot for the characters and the series. Although I was glad to see some of the loose ends from the previous books resolved in some interesting ways, I was a little disappointed with the diminishing presence of an aging Catherine de Medici as well as the Cheney sisters. I thought the ending was too abrupt - at first I wondered if I was missing some pages or something! Although I think it has been indicated that this is the last book in the series, I hope Carroll picks up the story of young Meg and explores how she learns to cope with the knowledge that she has as she grows into adulthood.