By Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Venice within the early 15th century is on the top of its energy. In concept Duke Marco instructions. yet Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. in the Serene Republic, their be aware is legislation, yet for all their impact, Venice's destiny nonetheless lies in different arms . . .
Lady Giulietta is the Duke's cousin. She enjoys higher privilege than many may dream of, yet her prestige will call for a negative price.
Atilo Il Mauros is head of the Assassini, the shadow military that enforces Venice's will - either at domestic and abroad.
Prince Leopold zum Bas Friedland is the bastard son of the German emperor and chief of the krieghund - the single strength in Venice extra feared than Atilo's assassins.
And then there's Atilo's angel-faced apprentice. just a boy, Tycho is already more suitable and swifter than any guy has a correct to be. He can see at the hours of darkness, yet solar burns him. it's acknowledged that he beverages blood.
Award-winning writer Jon Courtenay Grimwood seamlessly blends historical past, politics and darkish fable in a compelling imaginative and prescient of a Venice that will were.