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Voice of the Falconer (Star-Cross'd Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Blixt
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Book Description

Eight years after the tumultuous events of THE MASTER OF VERONA, Pietro Alaghieri is living in exile in Ravenna, enduring the loss of his famous father while secretly raising Cesco, the bastard heir to Verona's prince, Cangrande della Scala.

But when word of Cangrande's death reaches him, Pietro must race back to Verona to prevent Cesco's rivals from usurping his rightful place. But young Cesco is determined not to be anyone's pawn. Willful and brilliant, he defies even the stars. And far behind the scenes is a mastermind pulling the strings, one who stands to lose - or gain - the most.

Born from Shakespeare's Italian plays, this novel explores the danger, deceit, and deviltry of early Renaissance Italy, and the terrible choices one must make just to stay alive.

Editorial Reviews


"David Blixt is one of the masters of historical fiction. Dramatic, vivid, superbly researched, VOICE OF THE FALCONER captures Renaissance Italy in all its heady glamour and lethal intrigue. This is a novel to savor - and then read again!" - C.W. GORTNER, The Queen's Vow and The Tudor Conspiracy

"David Blixt is a man of many talents--an actor, director, author.  Not all of you may be lucky enough to watch one of his plays, but you all can read one of his novels, which I recommend that you do as soon as possible. In his hands, history comes to bright, blazing life." - SHARON KAY PENMAN, The Sunne In Splendour and Lionheart

From the Author

At long last! It took me ten years from the first draft to deliver this to you, and I cannot be more grateful for all the eager support.

A sequel is like coming home. That's both good, and terrifying. Yes, everything's familiar. But to keep the story fresh, things have to change. And rarely for the better.
Writing this, I imagined the torrent of desires, dreams, and frustrations that had built up over 8 years, then acted as if the first line of the book was the breaking of the dam. Everything was released, and it was up to the characters to fend for themselves. It's rough, and exciting, and unpleasant, and joyful - especially when the characters grab hold of their own destiny without any help from me.

So enjoy this, then move right on to FORTUNE'S FOOL, the next in the series, then watch for next year's fourth volume, THE PRINCE'S DOOM. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 3858 KB
  • Print Length: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Sordelet Inc. (April 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XLF2SO
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I had to wait 4 and a half years to finally get my hands on this sequel to one of 2007's best books (The Master of Verona), and the results didn't disappoint.

This book, and its predecessor, undertake the task of presenting the feuding families of Romeo and Juliet in their historical context, namely, Verona under the rule of the legendary Cangrande della Scala. The previous book set up the political savvy of Cangrande and the basis for the fued between the Montagues and the Capulets. Blixt does a fine job of creating the historical environment of Verona at that time, and adds Dante's son and daughter as additional main characters in their own right. The book is also peppered with Shakespearean allusions throughout, from Petruchio of Taming of the Shrew to Shylock from Merchant of Venice.

But the star, and central achievement of this book, is the way it brings alive the character of Mercutio, in this book named Cesco, as a thirteen year old boy. Whenever Mercutio's on the page in this book, it soars with the vitality of that remarkable character and is a true joy to read. We also meet Tybalt as a frustrated teen in love with Lady Capulet (herself but a child), Romeo as a toddler, and Juliet as a newborn. I'm so happy someone of Blixt's skill has taken it upon himself to provide a sort of "Romeo and Juliet" re-boot and let us encounter these characters from their beginnings.

I had a one minor issue with the book, namely that the descriptions of physical character action was often so little as to be nonexistent, leading to many pages of pure dialogue. Countrary to this, descriptions of fights or dynamic chases was superb and enthralling, and Blixt's expertise as a fight choreographer really shows in ease with which he renders such moments vividly.

If you're looking for a fresh and entertaining historical fiction read in 2012, I'd recommend this highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it February 25, 2013
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Well, Mr. Blixt has done it again. Just finished this sequel, and am ready for more. Intrigue, surprises, sensual delights, shifting friendships and deepening of characters. Delightful knowledge of history and Shakespeare displayed with keen skill. I am frankly jealous of this man's talent. How does he keep all these balls in the air and when will this be made into an HBO series?
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4.0 out of 5 stars VOICE OF THE FALCONER, by David Blixt January 25, 2013
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So how could you top MASTER OF VERONA, in terms of historical splendor, mystery, fast-moving pace and typically, a masterpiece? Well honestly, David Blixt did it again! I absolutely loved MASTER OF VERONA (my review here )- and as soon as I finished reading it, I immediately began VOICE OF THE FALCONER.

In this equally satisfying novel, Verona is at its prime. The story takes place a few years after Master of Verona, and it follows the life of Cesco, Cangrande's illegitimate son, with Pietro as his guardian. The mystery, intrigue and suspense are de rigueur throughout, but it's once it appears that Cangrande is dead that it gets particularly good. Pietro must get Cesco to be pronounced rightful heir...obstacles, obstacles and more...There is danger everywhere- and to boot- not everyone knows of Cesco's existence!

Great plot, lots of excitement, rich historical detail and a setting that is to die for (pun intended). A great story told by a brilliant author. VOICE OF THE FALCONER throws you into a capitulating series of events that keeps the suspense and momentum going, throughout. It's just one of those thriller type mysteries that just keeps on getting better page after page- and additionally it's rich in history and impeccably written. Most entertaining!

Read this- you absolutely MUST!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars David Blixt's stuff is fun and literate.. January 10, 2013
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Dante's son - a main character. Shakespeare's characters popping in and out with plot changes that would make the bard blush. Murder, mystery and intrigue never had a richer tapestry. Why haven't I been reading this before?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voice of the Falconer October 15, 2012
By Roberta
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I loved this book as much as, if not more then the Master of Verona, and I loved the Master of Verona, it's one of my favorites.
You will not be disappointed in this book, David is a wonderful historical fiction writer, you will laugh, you will cry, you will not want to put it down until the end to find out what happens next and then you will immediately start the next one in the Star-Cross'd series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The quality of mercy April 8, 2015
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I'm nearly finished with book four of this series and I think David Blixt has done something truly unique in this series. Full disclosure, I know David in real life as we are both active in theater in Chicago and David has (I think) approached these books not just as an author and historian, but also as an actor that knows these characters in a much more intimate way that most writers. Within the larger framework of the major story - it's plots, intrigues, and the ever present looming of the Greyhound prophecy - are stories of such delicate and lovingly rendered scenes of some of Shakespeare's most difficult and notorious characters: Kate, Petruchio, Benedick and Beatrice (later in book three), and all of the sundry supporting cast of those plays - fill out an ever expanding cast of people that I came love in this and the later books. Cessco, the heir apparent of the grand Congrande - Peitro's sister Antonia and his brother Poco - are all still at the fore as they do battle with the stars and their destined roles in a very complex scheme for power. All this is filtered through an actors sensibility and it is here where the books shine bright. He makes us care, or at least he made me care very deeply for these people. (I'm using this review for both Falconer and Fortunes Fool, as they are acts 2 and 3 of the full arc, which leads me to wonder if there is an Act 5 lurking after book 4....)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding historical fiction series
At the beginning of this second volume in Blixt's Star-Cross'd series, Dante's son Pietro Alaghieri is living in Ravenna and raising the young prodigy Cesco, heir to Verona's ruler... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Vicki J. Kondelik
5.0 out of 5 stars Write on!
I read "Master of Verona", the first book in the "Star Cross'd" series because it just popped up as a recommendation on my Kindle--and became immediately hooked. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Lady Alexandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical story-telling at it's best!
David Blixt did it again. The Voice of the Falconer is suspenseful, full of twists and turns, and just plain entertaining! Highly recommend.
Published 18 days ago by Nancy T. Theodore
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one trilogy that I recommend readers read from the start
A grand follow-up to Master of Verona, the first book of this exciting trilogy. This is one trilogy that I recommend readers read from the start. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Peggy Amy-Carriere
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turner
Another terrific read by David Blixt. The characters are dynamic, and the story moves so quickly it is hard to put it down.
Published 13 months ago by Nan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, exciting, intoxicating...looking forward to more!
David Blixt is, in a word, incredible! He integrates fact, fiction, and the genius of Shakespeare seamlessly, until you can't distinguish one from the other... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
This sequel to Master of Verona is almost as good as the first book. More Pietro, Cesco, Tharwat, and the rest of the characters will keep you involved in their story and transport... Read more
Published 20 months ago by jwains
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy second
Having read Master of Verona, there was no way I wouldn't go find the sequel immediately! I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 21 months ago by C. Marcuri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Thriller
"Voice of the Falconer" the second of the Star Cross'd series is a historical thriller set in the 13th century in Italy. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Believer
4.0 out of 5 stars Star crossed, but no lovers
Great read, but just a little hard to believe. There is no love story in this novel,star crossed or otherwise.
Published 23 months ago by Joeldene DeCourcey
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More About the Author

2013 Editor's Choice from the Historical Novel Society (FORTUNE'S FOOL) 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."

For more about David and his novels, visit

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