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Voice of the Falconer (Star-Cross'd Book 2) by [Blixt, David]
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"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. 

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  • File Size: 3925 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615783155
  • Publisher: Sordelet Inc. (April 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XLF2SO
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By Scott Kennedy on February 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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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 Cangrande della Scala. After he hears a report of Cangrande's death, which soon proves to be false, he returns to Verona to assert Cesco's rights as heir against his enemies. Once again, he is caught up in the intrigues of the court of Verona and the feud between his two friends, Mariotto Montecchio and Antonio Capulletto. You will meet Romeo as a toddler and Juliet as an infant. Once again, Blixt combines history with Shakespeare in this wonderful series. The Voice of the Falconer, like the other volumes in the series, stands on its own, but I highly recommend starting with the first volume, the Master of Verona.
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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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Great book. I gave it only a 4 because I couldn't give it a 4 .85. The "funny" antics of "THE BOY" are not funny. He is just spoiled and rude and it is wearing thin awhile ago. That said I am enjoying the series and look forward to the fourth book. I will read the other books Mr. Blixt write as he is an excellent writer and his books are soooo well researched . I have learned so much while reading a good story and that is my favorite kind of book no matter what genre.
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"Romeo & Juliet" takes place over the course of about a week, but the play hints at decades of juicy back-story. Like any classic story begging for a prequel, the perils of filling in those tantalizing blank spaces are vast, and more than a few artists have stumbled in their attempts to tackle such a project. **cough star wars cough** So, it must be said that David Blixt has done more than simply write a really good series of books. By taking the back-story of R&J and placing it within the greater context of all of Shakespeare's Italian plays, and THEN taking all of those stories and weaving them seamlessly into historical early-Renaissance Italy, Blixt has created an epic saga that at points out-Martins George RR Martin.

PRO-TIP: Read the books in order! Enough time passes between Master of Verona (the first book) and Voice of the Falconer that VotF _almost_ works as a stand-alone book. But you will do yourself a great disservice. Master of Verona left me itching to know what happened next with all of these characters, and as each one appears in Voice of the Falconer it's like meeting a friend you haven't talked to in a few years. Master of Verona laid the groundwork of the Byzantine political world of Dante's Italy. Voice of the Falconer begins the drive toward the fateful meeting of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. However, like the best classic plays, even though I know how it ends, I find that I really have NO IDEA how this is going to end.
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