Venice, 1576. Five years after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto, a ship steals unnoticed into Venice bearing a deadly cargo. A man, more dead than alive, disembarks and staggers into Piazza San Marco. He brings a gift to Venice from Constantinople. Within days the city is infected with bubonic plague - and the Turkish sultan has his revenge.
But the ship also holds a secret stowaway - Feyra, a young and beautiful harem doctor fleeing a future as the sultan's concubine. Only her wits and medical knowledge keep her alive as the plague ravages Venice.
In despair, the doge commissions the architect Andrea Palladio to build the greatest church of his career - an offering to God so magnificent that Venice will be saved. But Palladio's life is in danger too, and it will require all the skills of Annibale Cason, the city's finest plague doctor, to keep him alive. What Cason had not counted on was meeting Feyra, who is now under Palladio's protection - an impossible woman whose medical skills and determination are matched only by his own.
From Marina Fiorato, author of the acclaimed historical novelThe Glassblower of Murano, comes a triumphant return to historical Venice with The Venetian Bargain.
©2014 Marina Fiorato (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is well thought out, and the details of 16th century medical practices, especially involving the plague, fascinating. I loved the intertwining of the two worlds, East and West. The performance of the many accents and voices was flawless, and the ending particularly satisfying. Well done!
Science writer in America's heartland
For more than a week, I listened to this book on my daily commute. Each day I would arrive at work or at home, and find myself parked in the car not wanting to get out, but just letting the book play. The story truly grabbed me and did not let go.
As a fan of Ariana Franklin (her series including "Mistress of the art of Death," also available on Audible) I am delighted that I found another author whose historical fiction feels so well researched and so real. I will definitely listen to Marina Fiorato's other works, and hope that more of them are released in audio.
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