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    Magical Legacy

    Ever since STARZ aired the series Da Vinci's Demons I have had a better understanding of this time period. But alas no Da Vinci appearance in this work. Lorenzo de' Medici ruler and wealthy leader of Florence is at war with the Pope and Rome. Florence is overflowing with poverty and homeless citizens. Guiliana has resided in an orphanage her whole life with her options at age 15 either marry or join the religious order. No reading or writing were taught to girls. But with Guiliana's exceptional intelligence and a male friend willing to share these skills with her she managed to invent a code to learning. Always on the look out for a mark to supply the next meal, Guiliana (posing as a boy) and her friend Tommaso had a game they used to steal. But not all marks are created equal and some can get the upper hand. Massive description of the city left me bored and the lack of emotional attachments to the characters was sad. Felt the plot moved along nicely although the main character seemed to get in Trouble of her own making. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and my comments here are my honest opinion."
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    Captivating tale of Medici Florence

    I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook from NetGalley. I started this novel with high, high expectations because I have read and thoroughly enjoyed several of this author's previous works. While this book is not my favorite novel by Kalogridis, it did not disappoint. The plot is fast=paced, with lots of drama and intrigue. The vivid descriptions of Florence invoke a sense of place and time that enhance the novel to the extent that the city herself is almost another character. While elements of the paranormal are critical to the progress of the plot and the main players undoubtedly believe in the power of magic, the bounds of realism are not breached so a modern reader would not find anything hard to believe or explain. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction or has an interest in Renaissance Italy should not miss this book.
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