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Ilario: The Lion's Eye: A Story of the First History, Book One Paperback – Bargain Price, June 26, 2007

3.9 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

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Starred Review. Set in an alternative medieval world in which Carthage has survived to become a mighty empire, this impressive first in a new fantasy series from British author Gentle introduces a highly unusual protagonist, the hermaphrodite Ilario. A native of Iberia, Ilario is visiting Carthage en route to Rome, where he/she plans to serve as an apprentice to a master painter, when he/she is sexually violated and becomes the slave of Rekhmire', an amiable Egyptian and castrato by choice, who wants Ilario for his/her artistic abilities. Meanwhile, Ilario's mother, ashamed of her offspring's deformity, schemes to kill Ilario. Eventually, Ilario hooks up with Masaccio, an actual pre-Renaissance artist, from whom he learns to paint in perspective. Gentle (A Secret History and other titles in her Book of Ash series) delivers a delicious twist ending involving Ilario's impending marriage that will leave readers eager for the next installment. (July)
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“winderfully convincing...the intricate plots allow plenty of room for Gentle’s subtle, ironic commentary on politics and gender. (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )

“[an] impressive first in a new series from British author Gentle...” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )

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  • ASIN : B004E3XEM0
  • Publisher : Harper Voyager (June 26, 2007)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 303 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0060821833
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0060821838
  • Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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    3.9 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

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