The Italian Renaissance. Assassins. Vampires. Alternative history. Sounds like my kind of book, right? And yet I found it very hard to like. It starts brilliantly with a tantalizing opening scene and a character I feel I can really like, and then comes chapter 1, where it flashbacks to four months before the prologue with a character who is only marginally interesting, though she could be extremely interesting if the writer stopped to make me feel like I'm experiencing what this little girl is experiencing. Within the first couple of pages, Grimwood stops the action to do a few paragraphs of fairly useless explaino, and every time this happens, I'm reminded I'm reading a book in all the wrong ways.
I'll persevere, but if by page 50, I still can't get involved, it's going back to Half Price Books. Never mind. It went back to the bookstore. I didn't even to get to page 50.