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3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  621 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
In an age of wonderous beauty and terrible secrets,
one man searches for his destiny...

In the majestic heart of Florence, a beautiful golden-haired boy is abandoned and subjected to cruelty beyond words. But Luca Bastardo is anything but an ordinary boy. Across two centuries of passion and intrigue, Luca will discover an astonishing gift—one that will lead him to embrace th
Paperback, 515 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Delta (first published 2002)
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Mar 14, 2008 Michalyn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans, those who love all things having to do with the Italian renaissance
I love historical fiction because I'm always fascinated by different times and places. Yet, it's surprisingly hard to find a historical novel with just the right mix of period detail, character development and plot intensity. I picked up Immortal and from the first page I thought "this is what I've been waiting for".

The only life Luca Bastardo has known is life on the cruel streets of Florence. He doesn't yet know that he possesses an incredible gift that gives him great longevity and eternal be
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Set in 14th and 15th century Italy, Immortal is the story of Luca Bastardo, a striking child who grew up orphaned on the streets of Florence. Telling his story from his current predicament - in a cell, freshly tortured and awaiting execution for being a witch and an abomination - Luca recalls the last 180 years or so of his life with vivid detail. He has lived that long, and barely looks to be in his mid-twenties. Growing up without knowledge of who he is or why he ages as he does has left Luca ...more
Emma Iadanza
This was not at all what I expected it to be. Here are some points which I would like to make for when you're thinking about reading it.

1) There are lots of good Dante references near the beginning.
2) There are lots of good Petrarch references near the beginning.
3) There are lots of good Boccaccio references near the beginning.
4) Giotto's cool
5) Nobody calls him 'Alessandro di Mariano Filpepi'; everyone called him Botticelli
6) Lorenzo was not that idiotic
7) Savonarola was eviller
8) Ludovico is n
Jun 25, 2008 Savannah rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Savannah by: Nobody
This book was shaped like a U: In other words, a great beginning and a stirring ending (when everything FINALLY gets revealed and tied together), but a sagging middle.

I picked up this book on a scan of the first couple of chapters, expecting a neat story of a homeless ragamuffin sold into slavery who eventually discovers alchemy and becomes, as the title suggests, Immortal.

However, I was shocked to find this a dull read, the literary equivalent of slogging uphill through mud. It was a Da Vinci C
Mar 27, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I picked this book up on impulse, mostly becuase I liked the cover, and I'm so glad I did. This was an interesting read, full of compelling characters, both good and bad. There were times I could hardly put it down. The plot and characters are well-rounded and well developed.

The story of one man's journey of personal discovery and the quest for what is really important in life. There were some interesting points on morality, and what cost and individual is willing to pay for what they hold most
Jun 29, 2010 Karen rated it did not like it
Hated it. You have to be immortal just to read it.
Clay Kallam
Jul 01, 2009 Clay Kallam rated it did not like it
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Jul 26, 2008 Simmonsmry rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live to be 180 years old? If given the chance to experience such longevity, would your ambitions, goals and pursuits change or would your priorities remain the same? Does a long life necessarily mean it will be richer, happier and more fulfilling?
These questions and more are addressed in the historical novel, 'Immortal,' by first-time author Traci L. Slatton as she explores the city of Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries through the eyes and v
Julie Lovisa
Feb 15, 2010 Julie Lovisa rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing debut novel! The story of Luca Bastardo who is born of parents he can't remember and sold into prostitution by his best friend, takes place in renaissance Italy. Luca inexplicably discovers that he has a much longer than average life span and wanders through the years searching for the woman he has seen in a vision and who will be his soul's mate. Along the way, he befriends Giotto and DaVinci, works for the de'Medici family, becomes a physician, and learns of his Cathar herit ...more
Dec 23, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it
I found this book a little hard to get into in the beginning. However, once I reached the middle I was starting to become intrigued by what would happen next and the struggles that the main character faced while being faced with a "freakish" condition that was very misunderstood among his peers. All he longs for is his one true love, but he seems to lose just about everything else along the way. I don't want to spoil it for anyone else who may want to read this, but this books seems to really ma ...more
Nov 16, 2010 Mitzi rated it did not like it
The same person who referred me to The Help and Cutting for Stone told me I HAD to read this book. She warned that I would hate it at first, but that it would get better and better. I kept waiting for it to get better, and it never did. I didn't care about the main character, Luca, a decendent from Seth who inheriets an extra-long life span. Despite living for almost 2 centuries, he never seems to learn anything. He has special powers and yet he hardly ever uses them for anything other than kill ...more
Meredith Galman
May 08, 2008 Meredith Galman rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Dull, episodic travelogue through Renaissance Florence complete with name-dropping and heavy doses of theology and Neoplatonic philosophy, with a light dusting of unsatisfying fantasy on top. Leonardo da Vinci comes across as a kid with ADD; Lorenzo de' Medici is an inexplicable choice of antagonist; and our hero Luca, despite his strange longevity and unearthly beauty, lacks wisdom and charm. When at the end he asks whether he brought his tragedy on himself, it's impossible not to scream: "Well ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Gabriela rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A combination of magic and phantasy on a historical background - Florence during Renaissance. The story of a man who lived one hundred and eighty years, a lost child of Sethians (people descending from a son of Eve, called Seth)who knew the truth about Christ and were guarded and defended by the Cathars (declared heretics by the Catholic church). The background - presentation of Florence is beautifully done, both as the city of arts, the city of plague, the city of vices - draws the reader in al ...more
Sep 04, 2008 Leila rated it did not like it
The start of this book had potential, but the author dropped the ball about 150 pages into the story. The middle part of this novel is the portion of the story where Statton introduces Florentine artists and philsophers to the story, and it's ridiculous. Her portrayal of the great Renaissance artists and thinkers was embarassingly dull and elementary. How could someone portray Da Vinci, Botticelli, Lorenzo Medici, and Boccaccio in such a trivial manner?
Dec 18, 2014 Amber rated it liked it
I will say first that I don't usually read historical fiction, but the setting seemed really interesting. Come on, art, alchemy and Italy? Score! Plus the whole immortality thing was a neat premise - I could dig the whole Forrest Gump in Italy rump. For that, I think it was interesting.

As for the main character, I didn't care for him. I suspect a lot of that is just from bad writing. The story was interesting, but the execution was lacking. Near the middle, the story felt a little dry. First th
Oct 14, 2008 Darlene rated it liked it
Immortal is a historical fiction novel that is rich in language and detail. It takes place in Florence during the Italian Renaissance. Throughout the novel we encounter actual historical people like Leonardo da Vinci, the Medicis and so on. In addition we are taken through historical events such as The Inquisition and The Black Death.

This isn't an easy book to read-it is quite dark really. In the beginning we are introduced to the main character, Luca Bastardo, who had been abandoned as a young
I went into Immortal thinking it was going to be pretty straight-forward historical fiction. It is so much more than that (which should have been obvious from the title.) There is a mystical, supernatural element to Traci Slatton's debut novel and it flirts with time travel, too. While both require a certain suspension of belief on the part of the reader, I enjoyed the extra dimension they added to the story.

Luca, the 'immortal' main character was extremely well-developed. He was forgiveably fla
Sarah Jan
Jan 04, 2010 Sarah Jan rated it really liked it
In the majestic heart of Florence, a beautiful golden-haired boy is abandoned and subjected to cruelty beyond words. But Luca Bastardo is anything but an ordinary boy. Across two centuries of passion and intrigue, Luca will discover an astonishing gift—one that will lead him to embrace the ancient mysteries of alchemy and healing and to become a trusted confidant to the powerful Medicis…even as he faces persecution from a sadistic cabal determined to wrest his secrets for themselves.

But as the B
Lull Wain
May 22, 2012 Lull Wain rated it it was amazing
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Jul 28, 2008 Niama rated it it was amazing
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It is a good book, Father Mine, earthly father and Heavenly Originator, that makes one want to knock the author a good one halfway through for delaying the love story almost past this indulgent reader’s patience. And then, when the beloved finally reappears, she is in a state further forbidding consummation of what we as readers have known as a one-sided passion. I nearly summoned my earthly father from the next room to tell him, “Papa, see whom you
Jun 24, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Immortal" is the story of Luca Bastardo, or Luca the bastard, a man living in the 14th-15th century. Takes place in Florence, Italy. Luca tells the story himself, writing his memoirs as he prepares to die. What he produces is a pleasant, if protracted, trip into an important era in Western civilization. Filled with the art, philosophy, and political intrigue of the day.

Luca's reminiscences begin when he is nine years old and a homeless orphan scrambling to live on the streets. "I never know wh
Jul 08, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: hist-fic, paranormal
Immortal is a somewhat contrived novel which requires the reader to accept that the protagonist is immortal, descended from a special race of humans dating back to Biblical times. The story opens during his childhood in 16th century Florence, where he is forced into slavery by a cruel but powerful brothel keeper. When it becomes evident that Luca never seems to age, he becomes the object of official suspicion, and is forced to leave Florence to escape persecution and trace his own origins. Along ...more
Sarah Sammis
Mar 14, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: released, review-copy
Luca Bastardo doesn't remember anything beyond his early life on the streets of Florence in 1330. His first person tale covers the next 167 years. In this time he looks for love, tries to better himself and find the secret behind his apparent eternal youth. Although he has a chance to learn the secrets of life he is still the lonely and scared street urchin hoping to find his family.

Immortal is the debut novel by Traci L. Slatton. It the sort of book that is perfect for curling up in a comfy spo
Mirah W
Jul 29, 2011 Mirah W rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Luca was a great main character...struggling to understand himself and his blessing/curse of having long life. I loved the intertwining of Luca's life with real people...Leonardo da Vinci, the Medici family, was very well done and their relationships were believeable. I especially liked the author's depiction of da Vinci...from precocious child to talented artist. Following Luca during his life and path to self-discovery was rich in detail and emotion...some parts were p ...more
May 14, 2014 Linda rated it did not like it
I couldn't read it. I got into 3-4 chapters, can't remember & the violence to the protagonist of the story was too much for me. I am a bit of a weenie of certain things. I don't want to give it away, but as a mother, I simply regretted reading as much as I did right before going to sleep. I went back to my library & picked up a lovely (& I'm sure benign) Jude Devereaux novel instead. :)
Jun 21, 2014 Jordan rated it liked it
In the thirteenth century during the Renaissance in Florence, a boy named Luca Bastardo begins his long journey, starting out as a street urchin who lives an incredibly long life that spans nearly two centuries while meeting the incredible and influential people of the Renaissance while searching for his true love.

This book could have been better if it was shorter. Much of the story in the middle didn't ass to the plot and was unnecessary. Luca was a very dense individual who took a very long ti
Jan 07, 2009 Janelle rated it really liked it
"Immortal" spans two centuries to tell the story of a man with an unnaturally long life. Though it takes place in a rich and turbulent period of history that contains several plagues, the rise of the Medici family, and the schooling of Leonardo da Vinci, the book often gives a sense of nothing much happening. Yet it may seem appropriate, since the essence of the book is a meditation on the nature of life in relation to God and the importance of love despite loss. Life is life, and though monumen ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Savannah rated it liked it
Luca's dark tale is a difficult one to get through, but the ending rewards the reader's persistence quite well. One that moved me to tears. It's a story about, living, loving (without too much romance written in :D ) and God and his love, and laughter.
Oct 09, 2011 Maria rated it liked it
It was a very good book, one i would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading about a different era!It raises a lot of philosophical questions and has a very good and intriguing plot.I literally couldn't get my hands off of it, particularly as i was nearing the end and i was dying to know what will happen.What is more, i really liked how expertly the author weaved into the story the lives of actual well-known persons such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli. However, i was a little disappointed wi ...more
Feb 09, 2009 Teija rated it liked it
I enjoy historical fiction, and this book does not disappoint in that regard. Vivid descriptions of Renaissance Italy, historical figures like Leonardo Da Vinci, and a gripping hook -- a main character who has an unnaturally long lifespan.

The beginning of the book caught my attention pretty quickly -- the author did a great job introducing the main character, Luca Bastardo. He's a very likeable character as well, so the need to see what happens to him, and how he handles himself in the situatio
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