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by Mary Gentle

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

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The second volume in this duology is a fast-paced, mildly complicated, interesting novel. Ilario is a sympathetic and unusual protagonist and, as usual, Gentle's worldbuilding is well above average. A bit slow to start, the story picks up once Ilario and company leave Italy for more exotic climes.

After fending off a surprise murder attempt, Ilario decides it's best
to leave Italy for Constantinople. There, he's pressed into the service of the pharaoh-queen, first to investigate a
mysterious ship in the harbor, then to probe the secrets of the Carthaginian stone golem, which murdered Ilario's teacher. As usual, Ilario gets caught
up in political intrigue - both past
and present - and must scramble to
find a way out. (Eos, Sep., 368 pp., $14.95)

Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs

Publisher: Eos

Published: September 2007

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