The Queen’s Prophet

Las Meninas, Diego Velázquez, 1656.

Inspired by Velázquez’s baroque masterpiece, Las Meninas, The Queen’s Prophet is an imagined account of the dwarfess Maribarbola of Spain and her struggle for survival and self-determination at a time when dwarfs were kept by aristocracy as pets, prophets, and good luck charms.

“…a surprising work of historical fiction…Patitucci masterfully builds a compelling narrative around a seemingly minor servant…I found myself unable to put the book down on many a night…”—San Francisco Book Review

“…will likely appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory and the HBO series Game of Thrones.”Library Journal

“…masterful storytelling, memorable characters…as layered and enthralling as the Velázquez painting the novel brings to vivid life.”—Deborah Davis, author of Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X

“Impeccably researched, The Queen’s Prophet offers a rare glimpse into an age that was at once colorful, magical, and beautiful but also brutal and violent—a world few people today can begin to imagine, but wonderfully and vividly rendered by the author. The reader is drawn into a world of passions, loyalties, betrayals and ruthless court intrigue filled with twists and surprises. In Mari we have a heroine who is unique, sympathetic, strong, and we pull for her all the way. An impressive debut.”—New York Times best-selling author, Barbara Wood

“…This captivating tale, written in elegant and sumptuous prose, is an exquisite portrayal of court life in a well-rendered historical fiction, one that kept me turning pages into the wee hours, wanting to read the conclusion yet sorrowful to know it would soon end.”—Nina Romano, The Secret Language of Women, Lemon Blossoms, and In America