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The Aquatic Labyrinth: A Venetian Mystery
If there was an option like this, I would give this story 3,5 stars. It's a compelling historical mystery set in XIVth century Venice , that from the very beginning you know you have to solve. All the characters are so well written that you can actually see them. I also enjoyed a lot the change in narration from the first person to the third and back again... I believe not many authors can do it as skilfully as Alastair Fontana!
Then why only 3 stars? Ther ...more
The Aquatic Labyrinth: A Venetian Mystery is a beautifully written murder mystery that takes place in Venice approximately during the 13th century. The author, Alastair Fontana has crafted an intricate and enjoyable tale of a murder and the efforts of the main character to clear himself and his brother in law and the efforts of some compelling secondary characters to solve the crime as well. As it turns out this killing is no “simple” or “random” murder. It is a crime that could have political...more
This novel can be classified as historical fiction as it takes place in 18th century Venice. Jacopo comes home to Venice and becomes immediately involved in a murder mystery. As he is on the run, he tries to prove that he and his future brother-in-law are innocent. Little does he know that the murder is not a simple murder but involves political ramifications.
This novel had a quick pace as there were no lulls for ...more
The story is set in 14th century Venice and Alastair creates a vivid picture of the place at that time with all its co ...more
The main theme of the book revolves around a young man, Jacopo, who is involved in a crime he did not commit. Throughout the book, we see his efforts at proving his innocence. In the meantime, there are people that run to his aid and some others that set him traps. It seems like a pretty simple and pr ...more
Be pre-warned, if you do not like a detailed history of the locale in your historical mystery you may not care for this one. Each chapter begins with a description and explanantion of importance for each of the places that the scene is taking place in. I enjoyed this im ...more
This was a highly enjoyable mystery concerning Venice's political and religious society in the post renaissance era. I found the historical references interes ...more
The book itself is very interesting. While I was reading I sometimes thought of Leonardo da Vinci or Dan Brown. Leonardo da Vinci because he was such an intelligent person and one of the characters of the book felt like he could be inspired by him (Leone). Dan Brown because ... I dont know. The book was so clever written and details seemed so ...more
I'm back with another review! This week's book, as you can tell from the post title, is "The Aquatic Labyrinth" by Alastair Fontana which I downloaded at the end of January when if was available for free download on Amazon. However, there is also a giveaway currently being held on Goodreads for a paperback copy if you missed the chance to download it.
I rather enjoyed the storyline, however, there are a few small things to be aware of.
The writing takes a little while to get u ...more
This book puzzled me vastly.
This is the story of Jacopo, a young Venetian sailor who finds himself irreparably entangled in a web of intrigue surrounding a strange dagger. As the danger grows, it becomes increasingly likely that he and his family will be casualties in a massive conflict. He is aided in solving the mystery by Sara, a Jewish poetess, and Veronica, a Venetian courtes ...more
Despite the fact that mystery and thriller are not my favorite genre (and due to this I would have probably not bought this book to start with), I got quickly fascinated by the story. The setting in late medieval Venice (somewhere between 14th and 15th century) is intriguing; being in love with this fairytale place even made me look up s ...more
The character that I found most notable is Sara Copio Sullam, an actual historical personage, who was a poet and a thinker who was accused of heresy. For more information see the article about her by Howard Tzvi Adelman on The Jewish Women's Archive.
I admit that I didn't always agree with Fontana's version of Sara. He ...more
It took me two starts to read the book, the first time I put it down early in the book, the second time I picked it up I read through over half the book in one sitting. I love the setting and the author seems very knowledgeable of the city. Maybe a too knowledgeable, I often couldn't keep up with the descriptions or felt like I should go do some research to better understand all the names and histories of the places being mentio ...more
This is a lovely book about power, money, conspiracies, danger on the streets, murders and love stories in that century, Cavalieri di Malta, Kabbalah, Jewish people, noble people, Universe, time, revelations and many secrets of actual interest.
I liked the action and drama in this story, also the whole mystery intrigued me. I guess I liked it most because ...more
Told in alternating chapters of first person and third person, this story is captivating. It includes action, murder, betrayal, scandalous liaisons, and tragedy. It is both emotionally and intellectually satisfying ...more
Jacopo is the son of an English seaman. His father met Jacopo’s mother when she helped him escape imprisonment. Jacopo became a ship’s captain, with his home base in Genoa. He comes back to Venice due to his sister’s engagement. Unfortunately, his sister’s fiancée has found a valuable artifact, which leads to a dead body and the fiancée’s arrest.
Set upon by three thugs in Veni ...more
The book had some good twists to it, a couple of things I could predict, but I couldn't predict EVERYTHING. I love mysteries and ...more
For some reason, to me the beginning kind of scrambled in my head, making it hard to follow. But as I kept reading things became clear and I actually enjoyed the story. In fact, it was quite exquisite. The pictures were breathtaking, and I loved the use ...more
Firstly, i like the title, cover and the blurb of the book. Had me really intrigued and only now do i realize how badly i feel for not winning the paperback giveaway!
I LOVED IT.
Books like this actually intimidate me for i feel like they'd probably more be appreciated by an audience that are far more mature and intellectual than me but to my surp ...more
The historical part of the novel is so well researched and incorporated into the novel that you find yourself feeling as if you are indeed in Venice, walking along the paths followed by the characters, listening to the sounds of the city... All the characters but one are real time people from Veni ...more
This being said, I put on my "history novel" glasses, and try to evaluate the book from that perspective.
There are a lot of interesting details concerning the history of Venice, as well as about politics, religion and society. For someone who likes hi ...more
I read this book on my Kindle Paperwhite, so unfortunately wasn't able to relish the fine pictures and imagery in this book ...more
events except for Jacopo. The story moved along with intrigue, conspiracy, politics, murder,tragedy and the history of the places where the scene occur.
Jacopo returns to Venice for a visit to his sister and her fiance. The fiancé gets Jacopo involved with a murder. We get to see the labyrinth of Venice when Jacopo flees capture while proving his and the fiance’s inn ...more
And there are a great many errors and omissions in the text. It really needs a good and thorough proof reading. This is surprising because there ...more
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