The Book Crafters: Heart of Ice Finished

Hello Book Crafters! We’ve finished this month’s book – Heart of Ice by K.M. Shea – and will be moving on next month to Da Vinci’s Tiger. Its a big jump – a fantasy retelling to historical fiction – but I know we can do it and have fun in the process.

574px-Leonardo_da_Vinci,_Ginevra_de'_Benci,_1474-78Da Vinci’s Tiger has a 3.45 star rating on Goodreads and a 4.4 star rating on Amazon. It tells the story behind Ginevra de’ Benci a subject of one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s earlier paintings (pictured right).

I’ve already began setting up the discussions folder which can be found here and I will continue to add to it as I work my way through the book and find more things worthy of discussion. (or as you find things!)

I’ve included the publisher’s summary below.

For fans of rich and complex historical novels like Girl with a Pearl Earring or Code Name Verity, Laura Malone Elliott delivers the stunning tale of real-life Renaissance woman Ginevra de’ Benci, the inspiration for one of Leonardo da Vinci’s earliest masterpieces.

The young and beautiful daughter of a wealthy family, Ginevra longs to share her poetry and participate in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence but is trapped in an arranged marriage in a society dictated by men. The arrival of the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers. Bembo chooses Ginevra as his Platonic muse and commissions a portrait of her by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them, one Ginevra only begins to understand. In a rich and vivid world of exquisite art with a dangerous underbelly of deadly political feuds, Ginevra faces many challenges to discover her voice and artistic companionship—and to find love. 

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February: The second book we will be reading next month after Da Vinci’s Tiger, is Scarlet, a Robin Hood retelling.

Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secrets – skills that are in high demand in Robin Hood’s band of thieves, who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff. Scarlet’s biggest secret of all is one only Robin and his men know…that she is posing as a thief; that the slip of a boy who is fast with sharp knives is really a girl.

The terrible events in her past that led Scarlet to hide her real identity are in danger of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham of the Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne closes in a put innocent lives at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her. There is real honor among these thieves and so much more – making this a fight worth dying for.

March: Our first book and second in the month of March is as yet undecided. Vote for the first March book here.


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