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Heart of Glass Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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"Once again, feisty, fearless, feminist Laura narrates her story in the present tense, giving it a breathless pace, nail-biting excitement and female insight as she sashays along the canals and corridors and through the slums and palaces of Venice, unraveling secrets and breaking hearts. Romance, revenge, treachery and intrigue."
Booklist, March 1, 2013:
"Full of intrigue, romance, and adventure, this sequel to Cross My Heart (2012) is relentless in its pace and fully realized in its vivid historical setting."
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Sasha Gould built this series around an awesome historically inaccurate idea she had:Venice run behind the scenes by a secret society of women. While there may not be a historical basis for this, I am all kinds of behind this kind of alternative history endeavor. All throughout history, there have been women behind the scenes affecting the course of history through their husbands, but, here, Gould is bringing them together and making them a more independent force.
These women endeavor to keep rocky Venetian politics more stable and less affected by the changes in power. They aim to be more fair and to help Venice, rather than an individual's political aims. I love that the Segreta are shown as powerful in many ways: physically skilled with weaponry, clever, and influential. Laura herself is a perfect example of this, determined, caring and strong. I like that's actually intelligent and puts thought into her actions, not always reacting solely with emotion.
However, much as I love this uplifting of women, I did think that Laura was a bit too powerful.Read more ›
Laura is a powerful character who has to decide to fight for what she believes is true despite all the evidence or give up and take the handsome prince behind door number two. The book is beautifully painted in historic Venice with clothing, politics, romance, and action at the forefront. Can we all be as bold and daring for love as Laura?
If you like this series try Fiona Paul's Venom http://tinyurl.com/kgz8fro
Heart touching as we have to bid some characters farewell.