The Master Of Verona

The Master Of Verona

by David Blixt


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944540005
Publisher: Sordelet Ink
Publication date: 02/15/2016
Series: Star-Cross'd , #1
Pages: 580
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

Repeated Editor's Choice from the Historical Novel Society (VOICE OF THE FALCONER, FORTUNE'S FOOL, THE FOUR EMPERORS) and 2015 Finalist for the M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction (THE PRINCE'S DOOM).

Author David Blixt's work is consistently described as "intricate," "taut," and "breathtaking." A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS'D series) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY'S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as hapless spies). His novels combine a love of the theatre with a deep respect for the quirks and passions of history. As the Historical Novel Society said, "Be prepared to burn the midnight oil. It's well worth it."

David continues to write, act, and travel. He has ridden camels around the pyramids at Giza, been thrown out of the Vatican Museum and been blessed by John-Paul II, scaled the Roman ramp at Masada, crashed a hot-air balloon, leapt from cliffs on small Greek islands, dined with Counts and criminals, climbed to the top of Mount Sinai, and sat in the Prince's chair in Verona's palace. But David is happiest at his desk, weaving tales of brilliant people in dire and dramatic straits. Living in Chicago with his wife and two children, David describes himself as "actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order."

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Master of Verona 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
vernefan on LibraryThing 30 days ago
*Standing Ovation Please*I wont reiterate all the fine praise that all the other reviewers have input here, all the reviews state exactly how I feel. I just feel the need to say Bravo Mr. Blixt! This debut IS, a literary masterpiece. Clap clap clap, let's all give a standing ovation. Historial fiction does not get any better than this. The reader is immediately pulled in and the author does not let you go until you close that last page almost 600 pages later. A reader picking up this novel will get everything a novel has to offer. Action, adventure, murder, mystery, romance, family feuds, battles, duels, politics, kidnapping, humor and real people who lived at this time of the 1300s Renaissance Italy. Jammed packed with all you could ask for and I doubt that any reader would be disappointed. Sensational!! I am eagerly awaiting a second book.
amark1 on LibraryThing 30 days ago
I found the book to be incredibly engaging, particularly the action-packed battle scenes and meetings of political intrigue, which I never thought I would enjoy to begin with. I was not impressed with the love story thrown into the middle, feeling very hastily executed and with an unsettled ending. But the characterizations were brilliant, particularly Pietro and Cangrande, and despite other faults in the story I kept reading to discover their ends. I'd be interested to see more from Blixt, but he might want to stick to stories of political intrigue and keep his head out of romance.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Pietro Alaghieri (Palio) is 17 years old at the opening of this novel and definitely a boy constantly being corrected by his father, the famous poet Dante who wrote "The Inferno." But Palio will soon prove himself as a man as he inadvertently becomes involved in a battle led by "Cangrande" or Francesco della Scalla. Palio is wounded and remains lame in one leg. That, however, does not daunt Palio as he continues to repeatedly prove his fierce bravery and loyalty. Sounds like a simple plot, right? Not at all. Words can hardly convey the depth of plot, characterization, battle scenes, political intrigue, et al contained in these amazing pages! To begin with, Palio's father has been exiled from his native Florence and his writings are considered brilliant by many but also heretical by many others, who make the sign of the evil eye when he passes. Then there is Cangrande's sister, an enigmatic woman who seems to have a very strong affect on her brother, who will later bring up a mysterious child predicted to have a formidable role in Italian politics, and who knows her brother and his secrets like no other friend or foe! Feuding between the Northern medieval cities is a constant, with agreements and betrayals interspersed with battles described in realistic detail. Astrology is a foremost aspect in the lives of all characters, laced with the warnings of a church divided within itself. The quest for power fuels all! Poetry and prose are aptly included, with a fascinating look at the publishing (or copying in reality) process described through the character of Palio's sister. A strong allusion to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is present in the war between two of Palio's friends over a woman, with a fierce battle not ending the debacle. Finally, there's a plot conceived by two main characters that does not become clear until the end but is masterfully carried out. Who, out of the mysterious prophecy, will be the "wolf" leader bound to unite Italy and create a new destiny for this war-besieged country? Master of Verona cannot be simply described but MUST be experienced. David Blixt is a brilliant, talented writer whose novels will be relished by all lovers of historical fiction and those who love a great story full of intelligence, wit, humor, adventure, romance, and so much more! So, well-done, David Blixt!
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
Great Historical Fiction, How did I miss this one? The Master of Verona is the type of book that is right up my alley. I love historical fiction, especially stories about royalty and political intrigue in Medieval times. So it is no wonder that I found this book thoroughly enjoyable. David Blixt's story tells the tale of Pietro, the son of Dante Alighieri of Inferno fame, Canagrande Della Scala, the ruler of Verona, and even the beginnings of the Montague/Capulet feud. This book is filled with fascinating characters. Along with the many interesting main characters, Pietro, Cangrande, Mastino, and yes, Romeo, I especially enjoyed those of Antonia Alighieri and Katarina Della Scala. Blixt transforms these women into complex, unconventional characters which makes them stand out in the story. The major plot line of this book is fascinating by itself, but it was the many subplots and details included in the book that also caught my attention and helped me to devour this book. The inclusion of the Montague/Capulet families and the beginning of the feud made so famous by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet, as well as others from Shakespeare's Italian stories is both a bonus and a delight. As are the other subplots included in the book. And I have to say, Blixt's description of life in Italy during the 1300s are beautifully done. All in all this book is a great one by a wonderful author. I look forward to reading more of his work
Mirella More than 1 year ago
In 14th century Italy, poet Dante Alighieri is banished from his beloved home town of Florence. With his two sons, Pietro and Jacopo, he is invited to travel to Verona and become part of Francesco ‘Cangrande’ della Scala, the Lord of Verona’s household. There, much intrigue unfolds as the war for Vicenza erupts with Padua and as repeated attempts are made against Cangrande’s illegitimate heir. Pietro is irretrievably drawn into the issues and battles facing Cangrande. To make matters worse, Pietro’s two friends, Mariotto and Antonio, are in contest with each other over a woman, which leads the readers into the tragic story of Romeo and Juliette, giving it roots and bringing it to life in greater detail. This novel takes place in the Veneto region of Italy – Vicenza, Padua, Venice, and Verona, and books about this region are indeed rare. So it was with great interest that I picked up this book. Especially since my own Italian roots are firmly planted in the Veneto region. With a blend of true historical characters such as Dante, Cangrande della Scala, the story of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, and real historical events with the wars between the neighboring cities, this is a breathtaking epic. As Pietro and his friends are drawn into Cangrande’s troubles, they face the horrors of battle and participate in the Palio, a brutal, life-threatening horse race through the streets of Verona still conducted today in Siena. The author writes with such wonderful detail, these scenes are gripping and so real, that I found myself totally immersed in the story. In addition for my great interest in the era and setting of this story, what I enjoyed most was the abounding suspense and strong historical details. It is evident that the author did a great amount of research and gained a strong understanding of the era and its most famous persons. The entire story, from start to finish was completely entertaining and engrossing. There is a huge cast of characters, and the author sometimes refers to them by nickname, first name, or last name which can be confusing and makes this book a bit of a challenging read. I recommend bookmarking the character list at the start and referring to the list often until the names and their derivatives become familiar. But don’t let that daunt you. This book is masterfully written, so rich with detail, and full of wonderful suspense, battle scenes, and romance that there is something for everyone. A true epic and a story well worth sinking your teeth into.
Scott_Kennedy More than 1 year ago
When I started The Master of Verona, I had no intention of reading a 560 page book in three days. I had other things to do. I read the book instead. The book's scope of topics is as broad and intricate as a medieval tapestry; just when you think you've seen it all, Blixt draws your eye to a new detail as compelling as the last. There's Pietro, son of Dante, learning to become a knight under the shadow of his famous father. There's medieval Italian politics as vicious as anything you see on The Sopranos. There's great female characters like Antonia Alighieri and Katerina Della Scala using words as devastatingly as the men use swords. There's the historical figure of Cangrande attacking a neighboring city in a battle sequence as vivid as those you find in Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe books. There's a horse race that makes a NASCAR crash look tepid and a duel that only a writer who's also a fight choreographer and swordsman himself could write. Blixt also throws in a mysterious child, assassination attempts, oracular prophecies, and a villain as curiously loathsome as one from Dickens or Dumas. All of this should collapse into an unreadable mess, but Blixt's well-honed prose, characters, and narrative line turned it instead into my favorite beach book of summer 2007. Oh, and if that weren't good enough, throughout the book, you come to empathize with the fathers of both Romeo and Juliet and watch as their friendship turns to hate. I can't wait for his next book.
ElinorRD More than 1 year ago
The Master of Verona by David Blixt is a masterpiece of historical accuracy and riveting plot. It combines fascinating characters against the backdrop of the Italian city-state of Verona in the late 1200s. It follows the trail of Pietro Aligheri (or, as Dante prefers to thumb his nose at his native Florence for banishing him, Alagheri) as he simultaneously becomes a dedicated knight and confidante to the unpredictable Cangrande della Scala. Along the way, he finds friends and enemies, and defeats assassination attempts of his liege's natural child. Blixt, a Shakespearean actor, deftly weaves in the well-loved characters of the great Bard himself, most notably from Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew. The Master of Verona is a fantastic novel, and it fully deserves five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago