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This is a very clever, dual-time novel that takes place in present day, and then, via a discovered manuscript/memoir, takes the reader through history from 48 BC forward. It's basically a fictional (?) account of how Tarot Cards came into being.
Semle works for an art auctioneer who catalogs, evaluates, and then distributes collections of precious pieces. She specializes in ancient manuscripts. During a month in Switzerland when she is cataloguing an estate collection, she discovers a manuscript that does not appear on the list the client gave her. She is shocked to find a note from the deceased collector inside - addressed to her! He warns her "not to trust anyone now."
The storyline switches back and forth from Semle's time to the distant past, as she translates the ancient Greek manuscript. The chapters narrated by this ancient character are a memoir. She is the person, daughter of the librarian of the Royal Library in Alexandria, who finds the original 22 Tarot Cards, and makes copies of them. This is the only way they survived after the library was burned to the ground in 48 BC by Julius Caeser - in hand painted, copy form.
This book will thrill lovers of history, but the details of same dragged the story down a bit for the first 1/3 of the book. After that it had me hooked. But I must admit that if I had not been listening, but reading the book, I might have skimmed some of the detailed historical accounts that were too long to move the story forward.
History, mystery, suspense lovers, and those fascinated with the metaphysical - I highly recommend this as an enriching read.
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Not much to say when an audiobook is this good. Narrator is great, story is good, and I wished it would never end.
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