- File Size: 1940 KB
- Print Length: 291 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Joshua Grasso (July 5, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LKQ0DXC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Astrologer's Portrait Kindle Edition
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The Astrologer’s Portrait is a novel first and foremost, but you could almosg call it a ‘fairytale’ and the label would still apply. There is something aged, genuine, and warm about this story. Like the kind of books you read during childhood, full of strange spells, old ghosts, proud queens, and horrors trapped in boxes.
While reading, I noticed the plot moved in a different manner than I had seen recently- not in a bad way, but in a unique, almost symphonic sort of light. The build of the very novel is almost musical, growing and glowing with every movement. We are guided through Prince Harold’s adventures by way of multiple characters, and each section of the story seems to give way to its own tone, whether adventurous, humorous, harrowing, or romantic. Bits of history, Italian culture, and art blend in with fantasy, adding a certain realness that grounds the novel, as well as a subtle nod or two to its inspiration.
The characters are the lifeblood of this story, coloring each scene with their own voice and bringing complex, differing motives that entangle the plot with drama and intrigue. Turold, in particular, steals the show with his witty, wry dialogue and curious insight to the larger magical world inside the story. He remains one of my favorites. Still, every one of Portait’s characters are lovable and interesting, demanding future adventures with their existence (and the way the novel ends, as well).
Reading this was so breezy, so entertaining, and my only wish by the end was that it had gone on longer. Grasso brings something dynamic and colorful with each of his novels, and The Astrologer’s Portrait is no exception. Delightful, detailed, and full of wonderment, it actually might be my favorite of his books so far. Bring on a sequel!
As far as the book itself, I was completely astounded at the development of the entire thing. My initial thought after reading the first few pages was that it would start slow, but nearly as soon as I made that assumption, the entire storyline picked up. I completely love the changes that occur within Prince Harold and his mother. While they didn't spend much time together throughout the book, they certainly reflected each others' growth in every way. Dimitri's ability to hold true that everything he worked so hard for surprised me completely. (On a side note, I love the fact that he learned the "Yazik" which is the Russian term for "language"!)
There were plot twists hidden in plot twists, which always makes for a great time. There were several references to cultures that I fully enjoyed, such as Russian and Italian concepts. I also saw some references to "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman, which happens to be my favorite book. Grasso's book certainly has given Goldman's book a run for its money and is right at the top, tied for first.
They both create their own worlds of corruption and disaster, and they use their senses of humour to solve all of the problems that threaten the demise of their universes. Since Grasso's book is much more recent, there is more opportunity for development based on ideas from more recent times, and he filled in on hilarity where Goldman could not.
While the books were very similar, they were also two very different books that both deserve their proper attention. "The Astrologer's Portrait" definitely shows the genre of fantasy fiction that I enjoy. There are equal amounts of magic and logic, which shows nature's inability to survive without the coexistence of the two simultaneously.
I'm not very good at writing book reviews, but I am extremely talented at reading books. Joshua Grasso has created a true masterpiece. I have and will continue to recommend this to everyone around me.
Congratulations, Dr. Grasso. I fully look forward to your future publications!
Again, Grasso's novel brings a romantic, humorous, mysterious, and downright entertaining world to life, complete with a cast of unique and lovely characters (Turold's wit and Harold's innocent romanticism are particularly intriguing), a more intellectual system of magic, and a story that is easy to read but thoughtful at the same time. If you are looking for a different (or...classic?) take on fantasy than you are used to, and a great read on top of that, give The Astrologer's Portrait a chance.
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