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18 November 2016

Book Beginnings #25

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

I am currently reading The Venetian Contract by Marina Fiorato.
Sebastiano Venier, Doge of Venice, gazed from the stone quatrefoil window, with eyes that were as troubled as the ocean.

Ever since I read Kit earlier this year, I have sought out this author. I'm already half way through this book and so far I have not been disappointed. Marina Fiorato writes fantastic historic fiction with strong, intelligent female protagonists, and the most delicious descriptions. As fantastic as some of her stories seem, there are always historical details anchoring the story to the real historical settings.

It is a pity about the cover - the main female protagonist is not white, she is described as having skin the colour of cinnamon, and it makes me quite sad to see that she isn't represented on the cover.

In terms of the first line, it doesn't give much away, but it does immediately spark my interest. what is troubling the Doge?


  1. I like when I find an author that makes me want to read all their books.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  2. This looks gorgeous! I love historical fiction though it is strange when the person on the cover in now way resembles the actual character.


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