The Fallen Blade
Venice in the early fifteenth century is at the height of its power. In theory Duke Marco commands. But Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. Within the Serene Republic, their word is law, but for all their influence, Venice's fate still lies in other hands . . .Lady... show more
Venice in the early fifteenth century is at the height of its power. In theory Duke Marco commands. But Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. Within the Serene Republic, their word is law, but for all their influence, Venice's fate still lies in other hands . . .Lady Giulietta is the Duke's cousin. She enjoys greater privilege than many can even dream of, but her status will demand a terrible price.Atilo Il Mauros is head of the Assassini, the shadow army that enforces Venice's will - both at home and abroad.Prince Leopold zum Bas Friedland is the bastard son of the German emperor and leader of the krieghund - the only force in Venice more feared than Atilo's assassins.And then there is Atilo's angel-faced apprentice. Only a boy, Tycho is already stronger and faster than any man has a right to be. He can see in the dark, but sunlight burns him. It is said that he drinks blood.Award-winning author Jon Courtenay Grimwood seamlessly blends history, politics and dark fantasy in a compelling vision of a Venice that might have been.
Publish date: January 27th 2011
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Urban Fantasy
, Historical Fiction
, Alternate History
, Dark Fantasy
Series: The Assassini (#1)
Stephanie Meyer and Deborah Harkness need a lesson in what a vampire really is and that lesson is "The Fallen Blade". Jon Courtenay Grimwood has taken a step back (thank God) towards the more traditional vampire myth. However, what really drew me to this book was its setting in 15th century Venice -...
Complex & dark fantasy book
Confusion and rape. Two of my favorite things! Not.
Ich stehe den historischen Romanen mit einigen wenigen Ausnahmen eigentlich äußerst skeptisch gegenüber. Ihnen gelingt es nur schwer, mich in ihre Welt zu ziehen und dort auch zu fesseln. Umso mehr hat es mich überrascht, dass mir J.C. Grimwoods Venedig sehr gut gefallen hat. Der Autor hat einen vie...
I can tolerate constant, graphic sexualized violence if it has some point. I might also let it pass if it rounded out an actual good novel. Theres nothing here under the rapes and the murders and the excrement. Characters are flat, plot is boring and incomprehensible, writing bland.