Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Immortal by Traci L. Slatton

Traci L. Slatton
Delta – Bantam Dell
January 29, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-385-33974-2

With no memory of his parents, the life Luca remembers begins as an abandoned young boy on the streets of Florence, Italy. It’s apparent early on that Luca is different from other children. He barely ages, he doesn’t take ill, and his differences label Luca a sorcerer and witch.

Betrayed by a boy he considered a friend, Luca finds himself in the clutches of Silvano, a cruel man who beats him and sells his body to the men who frequent his brothel. Silvano holds Luca with the promise of information and the threat to use it against him as one of the many torments he inflicts. It’s his love of art and his desire to learn that comfort Luca through the long days until he finds freedom once again.

During his early years, Luca meets the artist Giotto di Bondone and later Leonardo di Vinci and Sandro Botticelli. His interest in their talents makes his years bearable as Luca continues to pursue the mystery of his heritage, religion, love and the art of alchemy.

Through plagues and war, enemies and friends, Luca remains strong, until a loss he can’t bear sends him over the edge. In grief, madness and the eventual acceptance, Luca will gain the answers he’s spent his long life chasing, but the cost to get there will be much higher than he ever imagined.

With a touch of the paranormal, Immortal is a historical novel of love, religion and the mysteries of life. On his own from a young age, Luca survives much worse than life on the streets before achieving his lifelong goals. Ms. Slatton does an amazing job of drawing readers into her story with remarkable detail and passionate characters. The unique plot and vivid description of Florence and the surrounding area adds beauty to what would have otherwise been a dark story. A lengthy tale, but well worth every moment spent reading it.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Tia Nevitt said...

Wow; you've made me want to read this one even more. And my reading stack is so darned high right now!

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Tia! It's a long one, and I was afraid it would drag on, but there are always new characters coming in through the years (new generations with Luca's long life). Ms. Slatton did a really great job on her first novel, hope you get to read it sometime. :)

Sabin said...

An amazing first novel. I couldn't put the book down. IMMORTAL is rich, and sumptuous in all its details and transports the reader to Italy during this time period. I really got attached to the characters in this book.
Bravo Ms. Slatton! Can't wait to read your next book.

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Sabin - Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it really was amazing, especially as a first novel. I'll be looking forward to the next one as well. :)