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In 15th century Tuscany, Leonardo da Vinci is a boy snared by the past and caught between two families. His first taste of a father’s authority comes when he is seized from his mother and taken to Vinci by a stranger, a man named Ser Piero, his father. Leonardo tries to run away only to realize he must accept the conditions set forth by the man who has the power to decide ...more
Kindle Edition, 466 pages
Published March 15th 2019 by J.A. Burton
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Shelly Allen
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic first book from J.A Burton.
It was wonderful to read about a man we’ve heard about, but actually know very little.
I’m a fan of historical fiction and will be happy to wait for what this new author writes next.
So if you want a book so well written you get lost in the pages, this is for you.
Malve von Hassell
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
An intriguing perspective on the early years of Leonardo da Vinci

The author has produced a compelling and intriguing fictionalized account of Leonardo's childhood and youth, with a surprising twist at the end. The first part of the novel conveys the mixed emotions of a young child, born outside of wedlock and subject to the domineering whims of his father, a powerful notary in Florence. Ser Piero, whom Leonardo refers to exclusively as Ser, considers the young Leonardo as insurance for the event
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Emily Burton-Wood
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written! This unique multiple perspective tale keeps you on your toes as you navigate Leonardo Da Vinci’s early life in Renaissance Italy through the eyes of Leonardo and those who are most influential in his life. The converging storylines, dreamy setting, and realistic characters paint a vibrant fictional depiction of the missing facts of Da Vinci’s life.
Though a fascinating take on a figure we all know so little about, First Born is more than a novel about Da Vinci - it explores
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Sandra
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fabulous incite into the early and previously unheard of life of Leonardo Da Vinci. It tells of the struggles since birth as a bastard, then his unjust treatment of flogging and jail just for being gay. Don’t miss this wonderful book. I await J. A. N. Burton’s next novel.
Veronica
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read!
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J.A. Burton graduated from Methodist University as an english major. She lives in Colorado and is a lover of animals, the arts, and travel.

Firstborn: A Novel of Leonardo da Vinci is her debut novel, which is a Semi-Finalist in the category of Literary Fiction from The Kindle Book Review for 2019.

The story is a culmination of fondness for and study of art history, amore for Italy, learning the Ital
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