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COMMEDIA DELLA MORTE
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Quinn Yarbro is exceptionally good at researching history; this novel, set in the French Revolution, is detailed and explicit. An extension of the Count Saint-Germain series, Commedia Della Morte focuses on the Count’s attempts to rescue the woman he loves, Madeleine, from the revolutionary court. Unfortunately, the depths of love demonstrated by the Count for Madeleine, and vice versa, are never quite believable; the supporting cast are caricatures portraying characters, and conflicts at the end seem to be thrown in for the sake of closure. Quinn Yarbro retains her smooth voice, her detailed writing style and her excellent prose, but this novel is definitely targeted to fans of Saint Germain and will not appeal broadly outside that niche.
The Comte de Saint Germain has discovered that his love, Madeleine, has been detained by the Revolutionary court in France. He undertakes her rescue, embedding himself amongst a troupe of players, and travels to plot her escape with their knowledge and assistance. The leader of the troupe, Photine, is also his lover, and the conflict that this causes may endanger the entire troupe, Madeleine and their chances of escaping the guillotine. (TOR, Apr., 432 pp., $29.99)
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: April 2012