Image of Ilario: The Lion's Eye: A Story of the First History, Book One

ILARIO: THE LION'S EYE

Image of Ilario: The Lion's Eye: A Story of the First History, Book One
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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.

Life hasn't been easy for Ilario. Abandoned as an infant, he was adopted by social climbing aristocrats who pushed him into slavery in the king's court. As a teenager, Ilario escapes to Carthage when Rosamunda, the woman who abandoned the infant, comes to court.

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)
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Natalie A. Luhrs