This is a mystical tale of a boy born in the 14th century near the beginning of the Rennaisance in Florence Italy who posesses an innate beauty and seems to age very slowly. His parents are forced to abandon him and he spends his early childhood as a beggar and street thief where he acquires the nickname Luca Bastardo. He and his two mates eke out a meager existence until he is kidnapped and foced to work in a brothel where he is constantly beaten and threatened with death. But Luca is allowed occasional forays into the city where he comes into contact with the legends of the time, from Leonardo di Vinci to the de Medici Brothers.
Its a combination of a historical novel and a bit of a thriller, as Luca fights battles with soldiers and other villains as he seeks his parents and the origins of his apparent immortality. While often dark, "Immortal" certainly has a soul and paints a vivid picture of life in Florence of that era. We cheer and cry for Luca as he plots his escape from the brothel, is befriended by a Jewish man whose life he saves, and as he eventually matures into manhood and takes a wife. Certainly one of the best novels so far this year.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our March, 2008 issue.
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