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Damiano's Lute (Damiano #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  458 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
This novel is a sequel to Damiano. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Italian Renaissance this alternate history takes place in a world where real faith-based magic exists. Our hero is Damiano Dalstrego. He is a wizard's son, an alchemist and the heir to dark magics. Shattered by the demonic fury of his dark powers, Damiano Delstrego has forsaken his magical heritag ...more
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Dec 12, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing
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Aug 04, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Other reviewers here compare this fantasy novel unfavorably with the novel to which it is the sequel. I hadn't read the first novel; I read this one because a dead friend had left it to me, and because I really enjoyed R. A. MacAvoy's Lens of the World series.

I loved all the music in Damiano's Lute, and the magic wasn't half-bad either. The story doesn't quite earn its ending, but it did make me order up Damiano after holding out for only two days. That ought to be a good enough recommendation r
I wish I could have appreciated Damiano's Lute more. I wish I could have loved it at least a little bit as much as others have.

I picked up Damiano because a good friend remembered it fondly, and another friend wrote movingly of Damiano's redemption arc. But my head must not have been in the right place; I could hardly take Damiano seriously – he reeked to me of whiney emo-brat wizard wannabe. I nearly rolled my eyes up permanently in to my head. “But it must be just me,” I kept thinking, and so
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Jul 29, 2015 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok
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Feb 11, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-12
I was pleased to find that the first book in this trilogy (mostly) lived up to my fond memories of it, but the second book didn't hold up quite as well. The main problem I had with it is that the plot is very slight - most of the novel coasts along relying on the reader's affection for the existing characters... while subtly shifting focus from Damiano to Gaspare.

Still, the characters do charm, and the downbeat ending packs one hell of a punch. I had remembered the gist of it, so I was aware of
Sep 29, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
Damiano travels with his wild horse, a young thief, and his lute, earning an audience to play before the Pope himself. He revisits his relationship with the Fenn Witch Saara, and together they try to stop the plague that has fallen upon Avignon.
This didn't hold my attention quite as well as the first book.

I won't say the ending came out of nowhere because it was hinted at a couple of times, but I do agree with some of the other reviewers that say that it didn't feel like it was entirely earned.

But I am really interested to see where she goes with the third book.
Sarah Briggs
Jan 22, 2013 Sarah Briggs rated it it was ok
(This review may contain spoilers).

This was another book I found difficult to read. Unlike the first book, all of the characters seemed really unlikable in this. Damiano didn't seem to care about anyone or anything apart from Saara (who he fell in love with at first sight. *Eyeroll*).

To be honest, I would have liked to see Damiano learn to cope without the use of his magic. It all seemed to progress far too quickly after he got his powers back. And to be honest, he didn't seem the self-sacrifici
Betsy Whitmer
Awesome first in a trilogy.
Tim Franklin
Nov 27, 2011 Tim Franklin rated it liked it
Unsure about this series, on a re-read a good few years after the first. It's distinctive, and very evocative of the setting, but at the same time I can't help but find it rather twee. Torn as to whether it's a keeper or not.
Aug 20, 2008 Lance rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Algerian born French Guitarist who, in his early years, played a lot of Celtic music, is the inspiration for Damiano. The Author's infatuation with Pierre Bensusan becomes more apparent in this one.
A light but entertaining series in which our roving musician encounters
the Plague, the Devil and the Pope while continuing to develop his music and his magic, with a little love along the way.
Feb 15, 2009 Foxthyme rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f-spec-h
MacAvoy has been a long time fave, most fave author, yet on rereads I find myself warring with my opinions on the topic. Will let you know.
Jan 16, 2011 Kione rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

lame and boring first half.
got kind of interesting after....
...ended, really sappy and stupid.
Dec 05, 2008 Lera rated it liked it
Not bad, but not a must-read. Lots of music.
Aug 17, 2007 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Plague and magic and angels
Tony duncan
May 02, 2008 Tony duncan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sci fi, mythology, history , spirituality
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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Roberta Ann (R. A.) MacAvoy is a fantasy and science fiction author in the United States. Several of her books draw on Celtic or Taoist themes. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1984. R. A. MacAvoy was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Francis and Helen MacAvoy. She attended Case Western Reserve University and received a B.A. in 1971. She worked from 1975 to 1978 as an assistant t ...more
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