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Daniel MalloryDensely brocaded with period detail, City of Silver reads like an El Doradan Name of the Rose, all cloistered intrigue and New World decadence; it recalls too Ron Hansen's lyric masterpiece, Mariette in Ecstasy, in which a gorgeous young postulant bewitches her fellow brides of Christ. Yet Alfieri evokes a past, place and people that are altogether sui generis. Her Potosi is replete with virgins and voluptuaries, political rivalries and caste tensions; her stately, wrought-iron prose paces galloping action sequences and intimate exchanges alike…As both history and mystery, City of Silver glitters.
—The Washington Post