Benvenuto Cellini, master artisan of Renaissance Italy, once crafted a beautiful amulet prized for its unimaginable power - and untold menace. Now the quest to recover this legendary artifact depends upon one man: David Franco, a brilliant but skeptical young scholar at Chicago's world-renowned Newberry Library. What begins as a simple investigation spirals into a tale of dangerous intrigue as Franco races from the châteaux of France to the palazzos of Rome in a desperate search for the ultimate treasure and an answer to a riddle that has puzzled mankind since the beginning of time. Aided by a beautiful young Florentine harboring dark secrets, pursued by deadly assassins, and battling demons of his own, Franco must ultimately confront an evil greater than anything conjured in his worst nightmares.
"Great writing and rich detail combine for a gripping read." (Kirkus)
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Yes! It has wonderful characters that are endearing (except for the evil ones, this isn't a children's story) and isn't a storyline I've heard before.
My only real complaints are the repeated information, and there was way too much time spent on David's sisters illness (which didn't add to the storyline once we knew that it was a motivating issue for David). After about the 7th chapter, random information is repeated until the end. It felt like the author wrote a chapter here, and another at a different time; out of sequence, so bits of information is repeated to the end. This is annoying and distracting because it happens way too much for a book this size. I mean jez, you don't think we can remember key facts about the artist life, or unusual encounters?
That said the story is magical, and the ending very satisfying and that's why the higher overall score
I am not sure it was his issue or the editing company, but there are only brief pauses between chapters (meaning timelines, characters, etc. run together), so it is very hard to follow if you don't have a book. Because it jumps timelines (500 years, and everything in-between), and there are a lot of characters and a few name changes, combined with the perspective in which the story is told, made listening difficult.
A great historical fiction book, fun and intriguing