Image of Ilario: The Stone Golem: A Story of the First History, Book Two

ILARIO: THE STONE GOLEM

Image of Ilario: The Stone Golem: A Story of the First History, Book Two
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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)
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Natalie A. Luhrs