For fans of Dan Brown's Inferno, a sensational Italian thriller starring Dante Alighieri as lead detective.
Florence, 1291. In a disused church on the outskirts of the city the disfigured corpse of a master mosaic artist sits at the foot of his latest - unfinished - creation.
Young, ambitious Dante Alighieri, Prior of the City, is sent out to investigate.
He quickly discovers not only that the church hides secrets of its own, but that the murdered man was connected to a shadowy organisation known as the Third Heaven, an assorted band of scholars and adventurers whose influence could undermine the city's government - in favour of the all-powerful Catholic church and its brutal emissaries.
Seeking to uncover the truth in the mosaic that was too dangerous to be told, Dante is drawn into a power struggle that leads him back into the secrets and myths of an ancient imperial dynasty - and into peril as the charms of a mysterious smoky-eyed dancer begin to blind his reason...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 30/08/2007
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099492764
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Review by keepps
Very difficult read - lots of obscure twists, turns, and repetitions, but a fascinating end. I wish I could read it in the original - it might be more lyrical.
Review by pixelette
This book was strange. I felt like perhaps the translation from the Italian might have been a little off, as in parts the book is written quite simply and in other parts it contains the most convoluted sentences peppered with unnecessarily complicated words. <br/><br/>I was also bewildered by the fact that the character of Dante is weirdly aggressive and extremely unlikeable — this made it too hard to finish the book; he has a weird penchant for hitting guards and kicking beggars. It's really bizarre. Since I couldn't relate to the protagonist at all, it was too hard to finish this book.<br/><br/>The point at which Leoni completely lost me was with the introduction of the customary exotic 'beauty from the east' who dances before the characters in a tavern, completely mesmerising everyone with the vision of the 'soft down' visible through her clothes, revealing the 'arc of her pudenda'. Please. I can not be bothered dealing with another story of some 'genius' protagonist whose powers of reason are clouded by the presence of some peskily distracting sexy lass. BORING.