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The Flames Of Florence

(Da Vinci's Disciples #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Il Magnifico, Lorenzo de’ Medici, is dead, and his now-exiled son, Piero, has brought ruin upon Florence. War and famine have tarnished and dulled the glittering city. Yet, the glory that is Renaissance artistry grows more magnificent, as does the work of the women known as Da Vinci’s Disciples. Now, they face their most dangerous challenge thus far, one shrouded in the cl ...more
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Published May 8th 2018 by Diversion Books
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Netgalley # 26

Many thanks to Donna Russo Morin, Diversion Books, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

3.5 stars a great end to this trilogy

We catch up with the Disciples in Florence during what may have been the most egregious period of that town's history: the habitation of Savonarola and his bonfire of the vanities. As history proved, he was quite a dangerous, obsessed friar. There was no celebration, no frivolity,
Anna Lee Huber
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Morin’s latest is like a glorious Italian fresco—richly textured and vividly portrayed. Readers will be enthralled by the continuing saga of Da Vinci’s Disciples. Highly recommended for lovers of history, art, and courageous women.
Alyssa Palombo
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this novel. A fine ending to a fine series! My blurb:

"In The Flames of Florence, Donna Russo Morin renders one of the most tumultuous and fascinating periods in Florence's history in bright colors and with vivid, rich descriptions. This tale of a group of determined women standing up for what they believe in during an uncertain time will absolutely resonate with modern readers."
Lady Alexandrine
I love the Italian Renaissance. The history of Italy during this period, the magnificent art, the treacherous condottieri, the cruel princes, the prosperous city-states, the magnificent people that lived then – I find it all fascinating. There are some famous historical figures that are mentioned in “The Flames of Florence " Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Rodrigo Borgia known as pope Alexander VI and of course Savonarola – the little friar, who caused chaos in Florence ...more
Viviane Crystal
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Da Vinci disciples grow and are even beginning to welcome new, younger members, just as full of talent and passion for painting Renaissance works of art beloved by all, even those who disapprove of women painting. However, their unity and vision for the future is now about to come under virulent attack.
Civil wars after the passing of the Medici family have calmed down. However, in reaction to the celebrations of life through art, jewelry, real estate, architecture, dress, etc., the pendulum
Samantha Morris
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book through NetGalley and the moment I received the email saying I could review it, I was SUPER excited. I'd actually found this book by accident, idly perusing the historical fiction section on the NetGalley website - normally I stick to their nonfiction but the moment I saw this one, and read the blurb, I knew I HAD to read it. And why? Historical fiction on Savonarola is rare - I've only read a couple of fiction books about him or including him and it ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The city of Florence is in distress. Lorenzo de Medici , the city's great patron, is dead. His son is not as strong a leader, and a great threat rises among the people. Friar Girolamo Savonarola, a religious fanatic and a master manipulator of the masses, gains more and more power with every day that passes. The people are divided, some becoming his followers, others opposing. But no one is safe.

Among all the chaos, a group of fearless women stand their ground. Da Vinci's Disciples, the women th
Kate Eminhizer
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received an advanced copy of this title via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
This is the third and final book in a very enjoyable series. It takes a passionate author to scour through piles of research to produce such a readable account of that work. The friar Savanarola caused a great deal of anguish and discord. Morin reflected this same discord beautifully within the group of women known as Da Vinci's Disciples. I became so engrossed in this story that everything else melted awa
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was very fortunate and honored when the author asked me to pre-release read this stunning conclusion to a truly beautiful trilogy. Having read all three books now, it's clear Ms. Russo Morin put a great deal of effort into making each book a stand-alone, while at the same time creating an ingenious overall story across the three books. As always, Russo Morin's writing is lyrical as well as intriguing, her tight, descriptive prose transports you to Renaissance Florence to such an extent that, o ...more
C. Gonzales
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, thriller
I enjoyed the writing style and the pacing. There were parts that moved very fast and then other parts that slowed down, just enough to let us catch our breaths.

The setting was very clear and I liked that Donna Russo Morin was able to transport us to where the characters were experiencing the story.

The characters were probably my favorite part. I really enjoyed each of their stories. I didn't feel like anyone was out of place or didn't fit.

The plot was smooth and I liked the way it flowed fro
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While much of what I read is historical fiction, it is rare to find characters so well developed, so relatable, and so intriguing as the women of Da Vinci's Disciples. Having now read the entire trilogy, I feel like these women have become my dearest friends. Russo Morin has created a remarkable tale--that of the women throughout the trilogy--and three outstanding books that can stand on there own. I was transported, transfixed, and touched. The Flames of Florence is filled with danger, betrayal ...more
Samantha Turley
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The main thing that comes to mind when I think about how to explain this novel is that Donna Russo Morin delivers. The synopsis tells you what you are going to get and this isn’t just a bunch of fluff. This is full of historical aspects as well as characters who are genuine and wonderful to read about. She knocked it out of the park and I feel better for having read it.
Bailey Ember
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, thriller
First of all, that blurb completely drew me in. I was pleasantly surprised by the way Donna Russo Morin was able to keep me on my toes.

I love reading thrillers and trying to figure out what could possibly come next. I'll have to admit, I was surprised in a couple of places throughout the novel.

The Historical aspect was one that made this novel unique and really set it apart. I think it was very well researched and that translated for me.

A Great Thriller.
James Michael
What a remarkable conclusion to an outstanding trilogy. I cried...not once, but twice. This author sucks you into the worlds she creates so well, her characters become your friends and you read from the edge of your seat. FLAMES brings a perfect conclusion, with such daring and danger, to an incredible trilogy. These are the books you put on your shelf to be read again and again.
Gina Stamper
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, thriller
There is not a lack of imagination used by Donna Russo Morin in writing this story. I was blown away by the sheer detail used in bringing the reader into the story. The best part was how she managed to use historical details that shone through.
I loved the pacing in this story. It felt very believable and steady. The characters were plenty and well developed.
nikkia neil
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks Diversion Books and netgalley for this ARC.

The end of a saga that has a uplifting, take on the world, girl power message. Loved this series and looking forward to reading Morin's next one.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It stands alone, but what a fantastic trilogy. These women are great. The writing is superb.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.

I didn't realize when I had requested this title that it was part of a series but I was intrigued by the idea of a secret group of women artists in Florence during the time of the Bonfire of the Vanities. The author assumes that readers are already familiar with the characters and their history, so she spends little time on providing any depth or space in which to know them. I felt like had stumbled on to the season finale of
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I haven't read the previous two in this series (and, in fact, didn't realize it was part of a trilogy until I looked up the book on Goodreads halfway through reading the first chapter). So I'm probably not the ideal person to review this novel. Having said that, I very much enjoyed the premise of a bunch of female apprentices of da Vinci. Less effective, to me at least, was the Savonarola plot; from George Eliot
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thank you Netgalley and Diversion Books for the ARC.

This is the 3rd instalment of a trilogy.
Florence, Italy, around 1500. The reign of the Medici is over, the church is in charge. A new friar declares himself The Prophet, send directly by God. In his vicious sermons he rants for all vanity to be removed from the rich in favor of the poor, at all cost, having installed a small army of youngsters to raid Florence's wealthy.
Meanwhile Da Vinci's Disciples, a sisterhood of artists mentored by Da Vin
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I missed on Book I, liked Book II, couldn’t go through with Book III.

As this book is a continuation of Book II, the author bridges the end of Book II with Book III with a very explanatory way. It is not an engaging read from the very beginning.

As the author tries to set the time period, it is very explanatory as well. It is set after the death of Lorenzo de Medici and with his rival preacher, Savonarola, pretty much taking over Florence. Again the book explains what happened with both Lorenzo b
I feel in love with these women--and this writer--from the first book. They and she became an all time favorite with the conclusion. Wonderful!
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A truly brilliant conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. Loved it.
Good ending to the series even though I wasn’t as engaged in this as in the first book. I haven’t read much about Savonarola so it was great to learn more about him.
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Donna Russo Morin is the award winning of author of historical fiction. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, she lives near the ocean, her greatest muse. Her two sons, Devon and Dylan--an opera singer and chef--are still her greatest works in progress.

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Other books in the series

Da Vinci's Disciples (3 books)
  • Portrait of a Conspiracy (Da Vinci's Disciples #1)
  • The Competition (Da Vinci's Disciples #2)