When the fate of worlds rests on shifting loyalties and the vagaries of the human heart, will time and history slip into shadow?1515 Venice, a city of art, music and commerce, wealthy, greedy, whose rulers engage in war as simply an extension of commerce by other means. Cosimo de' Medici, capo of an ancient family with uncommon power, ruler of Florence, maker of kings andWhen the fate of worlds rests on shifting loyalties and the vagaries of the human heart, will time and history slip into shadow?1515 Venice, a city of art, music and commerce, wealthy, greedy, whose rulers engage in war as simply an extension of commerce by other means. Cosimo de' Medici, capo of an ancient family with uncommon power, ruler of Florence, maker of kings and popes, with secrets and plans, orchestrating and plotting as the Holy Roman Empire stands poised to change the face of the continent, and even the world.Three brothers with uncommon gifts: Stefano, Antonio and Nicolo de' Medici, Veluria: an operative of the Sisterhood and Andreas, a cleric from the competing Council--strangers out of time and out of place--haunt a chaotic shadow world where knowledge is power. Tasked with averting disaster in a future falling prey to disintegration and yet another apocalypse, two operatives seek independently to stay events, to manipulate, control and direct, yet neither truly understands the scope of the looming tragedy, the shifting loyalties and matters of the heart, the acts of desperation that will change history, and the roles each will play.Venice, a city of beauty whose canals string like pearls through her soul, a city on the edge, her heart reflecting the shades of time....
|Title||:||The Shades of Time|
|Number of Pages||:||298 Pages|
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The Shades of Time Reviews
The Shades of Time is set in the early 16th century, with most of the action taking place in and around Venice. The plot centers around the issues of the rule of much of Europe on the one hand and the destruction or salvation of a particular timeline on the other. At the intersection of both are Veluria, Andreas and three d'Medici brothers, Stefano, Antonio and Nicolo.Throughout most of the book, the reader is left to wonder who and what the real forces are behind all of this intrigue, and just who is the villain and who the hero. It's not a book for a casual light read. It demands -- and easily gains -- complete attention, a faithful reproduction of just what living with the d'Medici family would have been like, wheels within wheels within wheels. Diane's brilliant, glistening writing draws you in immediately, and long before you determine who should be triumphant in this game of life, death, and politics, you care deeply about each character, whether that caring comes from the desire to see them triumph or from the desire to see them much more than vanquished. Subtleties upon subtleties layer to create a fully fleshed-out world that beckons inexorably even in the midst of warning the reader of the troubling events that occur throughout.It's not a book for those who are squeamish or who might find various sadist or masochist happenings a trigger for their own demons. The book is dark but contains enough gleaming radiance to prevent the reader from turning away. Diane has complete mastery of her craft and inordinate skill in making this world our world. The treasures to be uncovered here are profound and beautiful. It's a read worth any price.
I could see and smell Venice in the time of the de’ Medici, and found myself thoroughly immersed in the city of canals, as well as the politics and machinations of men of power. I am impressed by the author’s ability to take us there and allow us to feel history. She almost makes it tangible! But this tale contains far more than a story from our past; this is definitely a tale about time. Worlds are connected via the shadows of a monumental clock, and by the mighty power that resides in the minds of the de’ Medici, the patriarch Cosimo, and the three brothers Nicolo, Antonio and Stefano. A strange priest with an obsession that nearly drives him insane, is someone to be very wary of, for he is but a shadow of a man. Veluria, the women sent to deal with these powerful men, is the focus of attention … and takes them all on quite the journey. If I say more, I’m giving the story away!Well written. Initially I struggled to understand the concepts glimpsed in chapter one, but I adore complicated, and by chapter two I was flying and could not stop reading. I recommend this to readers who lap up historical novels with a decided twist! This is a good one!
I must admit this book was somewhat out of my comfort zone, and though brilliantly written, I had some difficulty keeping up (I am a simple Norwegian after all ^^) But it quickly became addictive and I couldn’t stop reading. Sometimes it made me blush crimson, and other times it made my stomach turn.The story encompasses four characters, all with goals and motivations that don’t always turn out the way they plan. The characters also have special abilities such as mindreading and unusual strength.They‘re all in Venice, somewhere in the fifteen hundreds, but not all of them come from that time or place. Venice is full of political turmoil and religious conspiracy. Schemes, intrigue and games are everyday conditions in the courts or on the streets, and having special mental abilities can certainly be valuable traits in order to manoeuvre unseen through this tensioned time of history.The Shades of Time was a great read. It had me up way past my bedtime, hihi ^^