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The Mascherari

LAura Rahme

Kindle : 3.80€

Broché : 12.66€

Résumé :

In this late medieval tale of mystery and the supernatural, Laura Rahme evokes a Venice long forgotten. From the dark sottoporticos of the Arsenal, to the wealthy mansions of Castello, and deep within the secret passages of the Ducal Palace, The Mascherari is an occult tale rich with history. Venezia, 1422. Doge Tommaso Mocenigo is on his death bed. An evil has come to Venice. An evil that will set the course for the future of La Serenissima. On the eve of Carnivale, five wealthy Venetian merchants set upon a mask maker in the ancient district of Santa Croce. They are led by a patrician of ruthless means named Giacomo Contarini. The following day, the Venice Republic’s security council, the most feared Council of Ten, summons the Florentine inquisitor, Antonio da Parma, to hold an inquest on a most baffling case. During a sumptuous banquet, four of the merchants, including Giacomo Contarini, have met a chilling death. 
Newly widowed and fresh from Florence, Antonio da Parma’s reputation precedes him. He is known for his susceptibility to the occult and is sternly warned that The Council of Ten want none of that. Yet in the throes of this macabre investigation, Antonio da Parma soon finds himself lured by his dreams and visions and by the mysterious silver pendant that he discovers on one of the dead merchants. Enter the dashing Esteban dell Valle, a formidable Dardi-trained swordmaster of Nubian origins. Esteban grieves his stolen inheritance and the death of his Catalan adopted father. He survives, mysteriously, through the influence of high ranking patricians. He never removes his mask and has sworn to reclaim his wealth. 
Noble Catarina Contarini has a sad tale to tell. Her husband’s death weighs upon her and so too, do the scandalous accusations that have been made against him. In her grief, she confides in Antonio da Parma and reveals her shocking secrets. But Catarina’s darkest secret concerns a witch; a Napoletana named Magdalena. Despite himself, Antonio da Parma is drawn ever closer to the magnetic Magdalena. He unveils the truth behind the merchants’ murders and comes face to face with a machination of monstrous evil.
Through this fascinating Magdalena, an enchanter of admirals and merchants alike, Antonio begins to realize that his true quest is one he could never have imagined.

L'avis de Makani :

L’auteure franco-australienne Laura Rahme nous livre un roman riche en détails, dont l’atmosphère vénitienne fait voyager le lecteur. Laura Rahme écrit principalement en anglais, mais elle travaille sur la traduction de plusieurs de ses romans en français. Espérons que The Mascherari sorte en version francophone très bientôt. En attendant, si vous lisez l’anglais, laissez-vous emporter par l’élégante plume de cette auteure très talentueuse. Venise n’attend que vous !

Infos : ASIN : B00MLO84K6 ; Nb de pages : 358 pages