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Nicely rounded historical novel
on 10 February 2014
I had not come across this particular cast of Phillipa Gregory characters before, but will definitely read the full series now. Luca, Isolde, Frieze and Ishtaq are an engaging foursome, on a mission for a clandestine organisation to the medieval Venetian Republic which is busily indulging itself in an orgy of speculation on gold coins, which may or may not be all that they seem. Let's just say that every bubble has to burst!
There are a couple of interesting sub plots (the enslavement of Luca's parents for one), which keep the action rattling along: Venice, as always, does not disappoint as a location in which complex and dramatic situations evolve and I really enjoyed the whole book. It is character driven, and that extends beyond the key protagonists, so that the tale as it spins out is well rounded, and cohesive. It can be read as a stand alone, but the main characters are so engaging, that you do want to read more about them, the secretive Order of Darkness for whom they work, their back stories, and future adventures.
Definitely a good read.