A riveting magical tale of a gifted young woman during the plague in 17th century Italy.
A pestilence of diabolical origin ravages Tuscany. The bustling city of Florence is crippled and Vittoria Giordano—a wool merchant’s daughter—is forced to flee, seeking safety in the countryside. What she discovers instead is a world teeming with danger, deception, and witches.
Devastating heartbreak leads Vittoria to accept sanctuary amongst a clan of Benedanti Strega. Their mystical influence is a catalyst for exposing the lie upon which her family legacy is built. When Vittoria inadvertently draws the attention of vengeful Malandanti, the long shadow of the witch-hunting Inquisition creeps ever closer.
As retribution for an unforgivable act against them, the Malandanti intend to cast Florence into darkness and chaos forever. The only one who can summon the power to stop them is Vittoria—she just doesn't know it yet. Until then, her salvation lies in the hands of an unlikely trio of rabble-rousing cousins and a plague doctor.
|Publisher:||The Amethyst Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.85(d)|
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Lovable characters keep this novel moving forward at an exciting pace. It's a great twist on the classic good vs evil magic and well worth the read!
In The Shadow of Light is a tale of mystery, magic, love, and betrayal all wrapped up in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy. I’ll keep this review spoiler free, but it’s a unique take on history with a magical twist. The magic is a soft undercurrent with an important role that grows and grows, and with it so does Vittoria, the main character. So much revolves around her decisions and you go on the journey with her to see how it all turns out. The characters are fun and fascinating, and you watch them develop throughout the book as the plague sweeps over Florence. And when the truth about the plague is discovered, they band together to end the evil that has infiltrated the land.
Wow! Whipped right through the book in two days! I picked this book up by chance at a local bookstore when the author was there promoting her book. I love anything with witches, but this story was different because it's about Italian witches - a nice departure from English and American witch stories. Not only did the author create a world that was historically accurate - 1630 Florence, Italy - but you can tell she definitely has a true understanding of the metaphysical. Great Story.
Admittedly, the cover caught my eye. That's why I initially picked it up. I’m so glad I did! From the get-go there was a lot of drama and action. I usually don't gravitate towards the historical fiction genre, but once I began it pulled me right in. I was swept up in the romance and the magic. The author really made history come alive and I could totally picture Florence in my mind as if I were there. I loved the pace and characters too! There was a nice whimsical element to it—that I honestly wasn't expecting—yet it felt very natural, and not over-the-top. Can't wait to read the next one!