ILARIO: THE LION'S EYE
This is a fascinating and compelling tale. Ilario is a wonderful protagonist, deftly written and characterized, and the alternate view of North Africa is believable and finely detailed. Readers will be on the edge of their seats. Luckily, the second volume will be out in the fall.
Ilario ends up in the company of an Alexandrine book-buyer, and they precipitously travel, first to Rome, then Venice. What Ilario discovers on these journeys is strange, awful, and wonderful all at once. (Eos, Jul., 320 pp., $14.95)