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Celestina's Burnings

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Love Burns. So Do Witches.

Italy, 1491. When Celestina DiCapria, at the end of her requisite year-long mourning for her murdered father, hears the bell of Montanina ring not for death but for the youth of Florence to rise up against the plague of witchcraft, she puts aside her dreams of adventure and a hunky scalpellino to answer the call. The formidable Austrian Friar Th
Paperback, 372 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by Literary Wanderlust
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Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m actually really surprised how much I ended up enjoying ‘Celestina’s Burning’. There were some.... interesting moments that had me thinking that maybe this book wasn’t for me but I ended up really liking it. The history incorporated was fascinating and enriching as was the story being told. It was invigorating with never a dull moment. I was confused a bit at the beginning, with the translated words thrown in but once I came to understand the meaning of some of them, it was hard to put down. ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bewitching tale! Beautiful, strong-willed, red-haired protagonist Celestina is determined to revenge her father’s murder. Set in witch-hunting 1490s Renaissance Florence, Celestina crosses paths with a handsome sculptor determined to make her his muse and lover. Toss in powerful religious figures, a protective grandmother, plus a secret lover -- and the end result is a merry and captivating historical fiction tale. Don’t miss this good read!
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Celestina's Burnings is a sweeping, colorful, dramatic, romantic historical novel set in a time that's not covered nearly enough in fiction: The Renaissance.

Annemarie Schiavi Pedersen knows how to tell a tale that keeps you reading. Her descriptions are lush and beautiful, her characters are anything but stereotypes, and the story itself is a roller coaster--but in the best possible way. Celestina, the main character, is young and impetuous, and as you read, your emotions go up and down with he
Celestina is sick of working in her grandmother's bakery and hates her fiery red hair. Rinaldo is a stonemason dreaming of a better life as a fresco artist, and knows Celestina is his muse the moment he first sees her. But Celestina has other things on her mind -- she has vowed to catch five witches to free her father's soul from purgatory. The greatest witchhunter in the world has just arrived in Florence and Celestina sees her chance to fulfill her vow ... but something isn't quite right about ...more
Nicole Anderson
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Renaissance Italy comes alive in this sensory tale of love, betrayal, and witches. You can almost smell the loaves of bread Celestina burns in her grandmother's kitchen, as well as the pyres they're readying in the streets for the witches in their midst. Celestina wants to help the church cleanse Florence of the devil, but soon becomes a suspect herself. Along the way she meets many types of witches, from the fakes, to the profane, to some that might even be real, including herself. This is a ta ...more
Kathleen Ripley
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annemarie Schiavi Pedersen has written a glowing novel filled with characters burning with passion and in thrall, desperately transitioning from the witch infested past to an enlightened present. Celestina's Burnings glows also due to the recreation of medieval Florence, Italy, throughout the novel. Celestina and all the people who love her, work, love, and fight on the streets and environs of this medieval city made this reader feel like I was walking with her, hiding with her, and choosing lif ...more
Christina Fardin
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was recommended this book by a family member, and it is phenomenal. The setting of Renaissance Florence is beautiful and the characters are so easy to fall in love with. The plot is thick and deep and I found myself finishing this book rather quickly. Celestina is on a quest to free her father's soul from purgatory. She meets Rinaldo along the way. He is a young stone cutter with dreams of becoming the next Leonardo Da Vinci. Their story is very exciting as fight they witches and fall in love. ...more
Happy Booker
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Celestina’s Burning is a fantasy story about Celestina seeking revenge for the death of her father. The story is set in Florence, Italy, and the year is 1491. A witch killed Celestina’s father, and when a crusade is abrupted to go after the witches, she takes the chance to chase the one that caused her grief.

As Celestina pursues this journey, she meets Rinaldo, and the relationship between them becomes more robust. Everything about him is perfect until things turn for the worse for her and she e
Raquel Sunda
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I am hoping there is more to come. ...more
When I think about witch hunts and trials, I automatically think of Salem. I found it fascinating that the author chose Florence to be the backdrop to her story. Celestina's journey is one that is fascinating, intriguing and beautiful. She has an uphill battle to get where she needs to be. When people in powerful positions to abuse their power, she's affected. She wants to just live a normal life the way she wants. But like with most love stories, that's not the case. The whole book is filled wi ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction, because I always want to try to learn something while I read, but have been reluctant to pick up any historical fiction recently because it sometimes feels like slogging through a textbook. I finally found a book that is not pedantic but just plain FUN TO READ! I don't really write reviews very often, but was so excited about this book that I had to share the good news!! I never knew there was a whole witch-hunting movement in Italy, and learning about the life of work ...more
The historic aspect was good, but the story needed a lot more polishing and the sprinkling of random italicized Italian words got a little annoying.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an e copy of this book for an honest review.
This book while a fun read especially for those interested in history, tries to hard. The main character is written in a way that I can't connect to.
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Annemarie Schiavi Pedersen’s stories are a rare chance for readers to visit the Italian Renaissance, a time of artistic enlightenment and medieval darkness. Those passions create a dangerous mix for her sensual and sometimes scandalous characters.
Celestina’s Burnings, her debut historical novel, takes place in the late 15th century against the majestic canvas of Renaissance Florence, where a witch

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