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The Betrothed

I Promessi Sposi
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Penguin Classics
1840
eBook
720
Italian
Bruce Penman
July 31, 2021 August 9, 2021
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Set in Lombardy during the Spanish occupation of the late 1620s, The Betrothed tells the story of two young lovers, Renzo and Lucia, prevented from marrying by the petty tyrant Don Rodrigo, who desires Lucia for himself. Forced to flee, they are then cruelly separated, and must face many dangers including plague, famine and imprisonment, and confront a variety of strange characters—the mysterious Nun of Monza, the fiery Father Cristoforo and the sinister “Unnamed”—in their struggle to be reunited. A vigorous portrayal of enduring passion, The Betrothed‘s exploration of love, power, and faith presents a whirling panorama of seventeenth-century Italian life and is one of the greatest European historical novels.

“The 19th-century Italian literary classic renowned for its vivid descriptions of the 1630 pestilence that gutted Milan.” —The New York Times

“Compulsory reading for Italian high school students, The Betrothed gives a historically accurate account of the bubonic plague that wiped out a quarter of Milan’s population in 1629-1631.” —Politico

“This is not just a book; it offers consolation to the whole of humanity.” —Giuseppe Verdi


About the book

The Betrothed is the first novel written by an Italian author and is a milestone in our literature. Everyone, or almost everyone, studied this book in high school, especially those who attended a “liceo” (I’m not going to explain the difference among all the high schools we have) or an advanced technical institute (usually in the second grade which is 10th grade for non-Italians).

With Manzoni, Italian fiction adapts to the modern reality already present in France and England for more than a century, thus guaranteeing the return of our literature in Europe after a crisis that lasted more than two centuries.

Two cultural strands converge in The Betrothed: the Lombard Enlightenment which aims to bring the intellectual closer to society and the Romanticism with its attention to national history. Without Manzoni there would have been no history of the novel in Italy.

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Blindsighted

Blindsighted
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, Book # 1
Arrow
May 1st 2001
ebook
418
English
February 7, 2021 February 9, 2021
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In Blindsighted (book one of an anticipated three featuring Grant County, Georgia, pediatrician and coroner Dr. Sara Linton), first-time novelist Karin Slaughter comes out swinging in true medical examiner fashion. That is to say, covered with blood from the get-go.

Without warning, the body jerked violently, pitching forward and slamming Sara onto the floor. Blood spread out around both of them, and Sara instinctively clawed to get out from under the convulsing woman. With her feet and hands she groped for some kind of purchase on the slick bathroom floor. Finally, Sara managed to slide out from underneath her. She turned Sibyl over, cradling her head, trying to help her through the convulsions. Suddenly, the jerking stopped.

Sibyl is, or was, Sibyl Adams, a college professor who had the misfortune of being drugged, savagely raped, slashed, and left for dead in the toilet of the local diner, to be coincidentally discovered by Sara Linton. Coincidences don't stop there, and neither do the rapes and murders. The next is, unimaginably, still more gruesome than the first and it, too, is discovered by Dr. Linton. Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver is Sara's ex-husband, and mercurial detective Lena Adams, another major player in the ensuing drama, was Sibyl's twin sister.

And the monster behind these increasingly more depraved acts? Suspects abound, from the diner's jack-of-all-trades, Will Harris, to Victim No. 2's boyfriend, to Jack Allen Wright who, a dozen years prior, raped Dr. Linton (that rape had been a secret until now). There are other possibilities, naturally, and it soon becomes apparent that Sara's an intended target.


About the Book

Blindsighted is the first book in the Grant County series in which one of the protagonists is Sara Linton. The series consists of 6 books, then Sara appears in Will Trent series from the third book (titled Undone) and from there she will remain a recurring character. This series should be read at least before Broken, (which is Will Trent’s fourth book) to avoid spoilers, but better read it before the third. Unfortunately I did the opposite, so I basically know how this series ends. But I don’t care, I’m going to read this series, anyway.

As mentioned, we are in a small county south of Atlanta where the paediatrician, Sara, has a double job as she is also the coroner in the area. On a Monday, the woman has an appointment with her sister in a restaurant and is involved in a murder. She finds Sibyl Adams, a university teacher, in the bathroom, brutally wounded in the abdomen with a knife. Sara tries to save her but it is too late, the woman dies in her arms. What makes the murder even more brutal is that the woman is blind. Grant County’s chief of police Jeffrey Tolliver investigates, he is Sara’s ex-husband and boss of the victim’s twin sister, Lena.

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The Kept Woman

The Kept Woman
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, Book # 8
William Morrow
June 14th 2016
Hardcover
560
English
January 30, 2021 February 3, 2021
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A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.

But for Will - and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner - the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.

But Sara's scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out...


About the Book

:!: First of all, please pay attention for triggers because this book contains scene that may offend the sensibility of someone. The descriptions are often brutal, the language isn’t always nice and talks a lot about violence against women.

Eighth book in Will Trent’s series. Will is a peculiar character, suffering from dyslexia, with a rather painful past and at this moment in his life, he sees someone from his past returning to mess up his existence again.

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Ice Like Fire

Ice Like Fire
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, Book # 2
Balzer + Bray
October 13th 2015
Hardcover
483
English
January 19, 2021 January 25, 2021
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It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.


About the book

:!: Please read this only if you’ve read the first book in the series. And since it is the second book I’m not introducing the main characters.

Second book in the series called Snow like Ashes of which I reviewed the first book last year. 3 months have passed since the liberation of the Winter people from the work camps in Spring and since the death of the Spring’s King Angra, but the situation isn’t good and simple. Queen Meira has debts with Cordell and Autumn which helped her getting her people back, so she can’t say that Winterians are completely free. Moreover King Noam (Cordell’s King) wants access to the magic chasm which is know to be inside Winter’s mines.

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Godsgrave

Godsgrave
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, Book # 2
St. Martin's Press
September 5th 2017
Hardcover
419
English
January 9, 2021 January 18, 2021
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Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she's far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she's no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she's told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia's suspicions about the Red Church's true motives begin to grow.


About the book

The heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand.

Godsgrave is the second book in the series written by Jay Kristoff which began with Nevernight. Mia Corvere, trained by the Red Church, is now a Blade, one of the most feared assassins of the Republic. She still has her objective, kill who murdered her “familia” even if for now she needs to obey to the Church’r rules. Moreover she is a tenebris and with her, inside her shadow, there are a cat and a wolf which accompany her in her vengeance. Mia can play with the shadows, but she doesn’t fully understand what she is and she’s trying to find out at the same time as she is completing the Church tasks.

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