Monday, January 28, 2008

IMMORTAL by Traci L. Slatton

IMMORTAL (Amazon USA, Canada, UK)
by Traci L. Slatton (Website, Blog)
Random House
Trade Paperback

In an age of wonderous beauty and terrible secrets,
one man searches for his destiny...

In the majestic heart of Florence, a beautiful golden-haired boy is abandoned and subjected to cruelty beyond words. But Luca Bastardo is anything but an ordinary boy. Across two centuries of passion and intrigue, Luca will discover an astonishing gift—one that will lead him to embrace the ancient mysteries of alchemy and healing and to become a trusted confidant to the powerful Medicis…even as he faces persecution from a sadistic cabal determined to wrest his secrets for themselves.

But as the Black Death and the Inquisition wreak havoc on his beloved city, Luca’s survival lies in the quest to solve two riddles. One is the enigma of his parents and his ageless beauty. The other is a choice between immortality and the only chance to find his one true love. As Luca journeys through the heights of the Renaissance, befriends Giotto and Leonardo Da Vinci—140 years apart—and pursues the most closely guarded secrets of religious faith and science for the answers to his own burning questions, his remarkable search will not only change him…but will change the course of history.

This novel sounds fascinating to me. I love the cover. I'm a sucker for historical fiction and when an author blends history with fantasy, I just about cannot resist. I can see myself reading this novel in the near future. It is releasing on January 29th.


Chris, The Book Swede said...

I think you'll really like The Crown Rose by Fiona Avery which I really enjoyed a little while ago :D Historical fiction, with fantasy, a really good story.

Looking forward to your review of this one. And as for novels-in-verse (re your comment on Robert's site!), which other one has been released this month? I'm really keen to read more after finishing Sharp Teeth today :)

The Book Swede

Livia Llewellyn said...

This goes to the top of my "to buy asap" list!

Tia Nevitt said...

Chris, I'll have to look into it. The verse novel is I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME by Lisa Schroeder. It's a YA story. I did an announcement for it about a week ago.

Livia, I have several books to read before I add any more to the stack, but I agree--I want to purchase this one.