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Blending fact and fantasy, this fast paced novel which can only be described as an articulate historical adventure Donna Russo Morin brings to life a real historical figure, Battista della Palla Serving his beloved Florence s political interests, Battista works as an art dealer for France s King Francois I He readily bargains and bribes to collect sought after pieces, but is not above thievery if necessary The ultimate task the King sets him to unearthing a secret and powerful triptych proves Blending fact and fantasy, this fast paced novel which can only be described as an articulate historical adventure Donna Russo Morin brings to life a real historical figure, Battista della Palla Serving his beloved Florence s political interests, Battista works as an art dealer for France s King Francois I He readily bargains and bribes to collect sought after pieces, but is not above thievery if necessary The ultimate task the King sets him to unearthing a secret and powerful triptych proves to be his greatest conquest yet, and the most dangerous.With paintings as clues, and the words of Dante as guide, Battista and his band of loyal men find themselves at a villa where the smart and adventurous Lady Aurelia joins in their hunt, becoming an important part of the group and essential to Battista in finding the ultimate relic.Though the story is set in Florence, Battista and Aurelia travel to other cities in search of clues, and while in Rome visit Battista s friend and mentor, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Descriptions of the city, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican are minutely detailed, including Michelangelo s own design of the guard s uniforms.Though we, the reader, do not know of Lady Aurelia s true identity until the end of the story, she is nonetheless sympathetically written as a likeable and trustworthy character but it is a bit maddening to wonder where her true loyalties lie Battista, on the other hand, is completely fleshed out from the start, and admirable as they come Along with all of Morin s other books, this is a fantastically written story with beautiful and eloquent prose that is was partially inspired by Legends of Zelda is not apparent in the writing to this non gamer, but others may decipher the links while reading This was the first book I ve read by Donna Russo Morin, and I ve already downloaded her other books onto my kindle and I can t wait to read them Morin has everything I love about historical fiction in this book, from enriching descriptions about what life was life in 16th century Europe to romance to adventure and real life characters I felt like I was drawn into the time period, and it s a meaty story, long enough to give a lot of details to keep you enraptured and yet the plot never dragged This was the first book I ve read by Donna Russo Morin, and I ve already downloaded her other books onto my kindle and I can t wait to read them Morin has everything I love about historical fiction in this book, from enriching descriptions about what life was life in 16th century Europe to romance to adventure and real life characters I felt like I was drawn into the time period, and it s a meaty story, long enough to give a lot of details to keep you enraptured and yet the plot never dragged and often turned in directions I didn t expect I liked that there was the male and female perspective in this book, something I find lacking in a lot of stories where you often only get the female point of view There s adventure as Battista pursues his mission, and I loved the love story between Battista and Aurelia because it s touching We know early on that there s something odd about Aurelia, and in the end we discover what her secret is The King s Agent is a great combination of historical fiction and fantasy, and I enjoyed learning about real life characters like Michelangelo and Dante as well As someone who loves art and took a lot of art history classes in college, I loved the focus on the artwork I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a lushly written piece of historical fiction set in the early Renaissance About Lady Aurelia is a noblewoman under the care of the Marquess of Mantua Being under watchful eye night and day, she is desperate for freedom and for some adventure Battista della Paglia is an agent working for King Fran ois I of France He attains what the King asks of him, legally or illegally if need be He is the King s agent Battista is now in search of a mysterious sculpture for the King When she finds Battista pillaging her home, Aurelia helps him escape and partners up with him in About Lady Aurelia is a noblewoman under the care of the Marquess of Mantua Being under watchful eye night and day, she is desperate for freedom and for some adventure Battista della Paglia is an agent working for King Fran ois I of France He attains what the King asks of him, legally or illegally if need be He is the King s agent Battista is now in search of a mysterious sculpture for the King When she finds Battista pillaging her home, Aurelia helps him escape and partners up with him in the search for a mysterious sculpture.The story then takes twists and turns as Battista and his men, along with Aurelia, find clues to the mystery Aurelia not only harbors secrets, but she also has knowledge that will help the men in the search Soon enough the group sets off to Hell , Purgatory and Heaven Clues are found within paintings and Dante s works are used as a guide as this story takes plenty of twists and turns and keeps the reader good and hooked until the very end My thoughts I found The King s Agent to be an exciting and well written story rich with vivid details.I always love reading a great historical that can transport me to another time and place Adventure, romance and a beautiful setting all come together wonderfully in The King s Agent.I have to say the first fifty pages or so were a bit slow for me, but after that the book too right off and I didn t want to put it down.For me this book was reminiscent of Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code There is action, history, danger and mystery within these pages Author Donna Russo Morin weaves art, history and Italy into the storyline perfectly I felt like I was transported to Florence in the 1500 s as I read I enjoyed the quotes from Dante s works at the start of the chapters Dante s poems are woven into the storyline seamlessly and become a part of the clues for the hunt The supporting characters were well written and I thought Battista s right hand man, Frodo was endearing He s older, unwed and thinks of Aurelia almost as a daughter I liked both Battista and Aurelia Battista is cunning, quick and handsome, and as I read I enjoyed learningabout his character.Aurelia is up for an adventure and is hiding life changing secrets She has the knowledge to help Battista and his men find the sculpture There is an air of mystery about her Her own fearless audacity had surprised her, though she knew she had been born forthan her life had asked of her thus far p.84, The King s AgentI first discovered Donna Russo Morin s work when I read The Secret of the Glass and I must say, she is quickly becoming a go to author for one of my favorite genres.I recommend this book to fans of action and historical fiction and especially readers who enjoy stories revolving around art and ancient Italy read my full review herehttp thebookworm07.blogspot.com 201 Florence, Michelangelo, art, THAT COVER What is not to like about this book at first blush Nothing And after reading it my initial opinion stands and then some I don t know about you but I am first attracted to a book s cover and then drawn in by the synopsis this one had me two for two.Our hero, Battista was a real person In this novel he is an acquirer for Francois I Of art Great art, beautiful art And with his latest assignment art that hasn t been seen in a VERY long time Franc Florence, Michelangelo, art, THAT COVER What is not to like about this book at first blush Nothing And after reading it my initial opinion stands and then some I don t know about you but I am first attracted to a book s cover and then drawn in by the synopsis this one had me two for two.Our hero, Battista was a real person In this novel he is an acquirer for Francois I Of art Great art, beautiful art And with his latest assignment art that hasn t been seen in a VERY long time Francois is battling Charles V of Spain and feels that his ownership of a certain piece will ensure his superiority Francois turns to his man Battista to find the lost art Battista is most intrigued by the challenge and by the artwork.Aurelia is a lovely young woman under the care of her ward She longs for a freedom he will not allow Suddenly Battista enters her life offering her that freedom but she holds a secret oh it s a good one that can help but it also can hurt Will they do what is right I thoroughly enjoyed this well written, enthralling mix of Renaissance art, politics, the supernatural, Dante,suspense, space, romance and yes my passion, Michelangelo He makes an appearance and how could I not love a book where he appears Ms Morin develops a cast of remarkable characters drawing from both the historical and the fictional to create a world that might have been They all seem so very REAL The writing evokes atmosphere so very well at times I almost thought I could smell and taste the food being served Florence is a city of sights and smells that can almost overwhelm but Ms Morin tames it without tempering it This is a book I will keep for another reading as it is full of so much that I love art, Florence, Michelangelo, love.Ms Morin is expert at drawing out a mystery and keeping the reader turning the pages for wont of knowing what will happen next She develops her characters slowly, chapter by chapter until you are about ready to scream then another piece is revealed I love a book that evokes that kind of emotion Aurelia is a fantastic character.So do yourself a favor and join The King s Agent as he searches for his sculpture You will have a heck of a good time And learn a little something along the way I do not know a lot about the Italian Renaissance so I was very eager to read this book I can say I was not disappointed although it took me a bit to get past the names and places mentioned in this time period of 1500 s Italy but that did not deter me at all Based on real life art collector thief Battista della Paglia, this novel tells the story of the search for a relic wanted by Fran ois, the King of France.The clues to this relic are to be found in a tryptich and while Battista is on the se I do not know a lot about the Italian Renaissance so I was very eager to read this book I can say I was not disappointed although it took me a bit to get past the names and places mentioned in this time period of 1500 s Italy but that did not deter me at all Based on real life art collector thief Battista della Paglia, this novel tells the story of the search for a relic wanted by Fran ois, the King of France.The clues to this relic are to be found in a tryptich and while Battista is on the search for the first piece of the puzzle he finds himself in a tight situation and Aurelia, the ward of the Marquess of Mantua manages to rescue Battista Aurelia wants nothingthan to escape her sequestered life and have a bit of fun and adventure, so she takes Battista back to his home in Florence Aurelia joins Battista and his friends in the search for this relic and using their knowledge of the art of the time and the three canticles of Dante s Divine Comedy Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise, Battista and Aurelia find themselves on an adventurous and perilous journey that takes them to Palazzo Prato, Grotte di Pastena and Castello della Dragonara The King s Agent is a wonderful historical fiction novel that blends history, art, a bit of the supernatural, love and a passion for beauty Impeccable research went into the writing of this book and the way it is written pulls you right into the adventure with Battista and Aurelia The descriptions of the beauty of Rome and in particular the Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo himself gives Aurelia a tour, I could almost see the masterpiece painted there If you love historical fiction like I do then this is the book for you I give it 5 stars The King s Agent is a historical fiction set in Renaissance Italy with a fantastic twist The tale is filled with suspense, secret societies, hidden artifacts, romance and political intrigue Based loosely on the life of Battista della Palla a patriotic plunder and friend to Michelangelo in the sixteenth century this tale captivated me The tale begins when we meet Lady Aurelia, the ward of the Marquess of Mantua Her life is completely sheltered, guarded, and boring She longs for adventure, to The King s Agent is a historical fiction set in Renaissance Italy with a fantastic twist The tale is filled with suspense, secret societies, hidden artifacts, romance and political intrigue Based loosely on the life of Battista della Palla a patriotic plunder and friend to Michelangelo in the sixteenth century this tale captivated me The tale begins when we meet Lady Aurelia, the ward of the Marquess of Mantua Her life is completely sheltered, guarded, and boring She longs for adventure, to see sculptures, paintings, cities and landscapes When Battista della Palla, a handsome thief from Florence breaks into her home she sees an opportunity for adventure The tale that unfolds reminded me of the movie National Treasure and Dan Brown s DaVinci Code As Battista and Aurelia search for a hidden artifact to save Battista s beloved Florence and aid King Francois of France they encounter secret societies, enemies, allies and an attraction to one another.The character s in Morin s novel are well fleshed out and complex Each chapter revealsabout them I liked Aurelia and found her to be curious, brave and bright There is an air of mystery about her, and she does some things that make you wonder whose side she is on This added a thread of suspense throughout the novel Battista is handsome, smart and has a fierce loyalty to the king of France He loves Florence and is good to the men he employees I enjoyed the way they interacted with one another We meet Michelangelo and it was one of my favorite scenes The author portrayed him in such an interesting light We go inside the Vatican and hear conversations and thoughts of the current church, and its political views Characters we meet along the way add to the adventure, from the voyeuristic couple with their wild dinner parties to the mysterious woman Aurelia secretly meets The relationship between Battista and Aurelia developed slowly and I enjoyed watching this tender romance unfold.It is quite apparent that Morin did a lot of research for this novel I loved the blending of historical fiction and fantasy I was so impressed with how she wove The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri into the tale, allowing it to reveal clues on their quest The quest itself was riveting, and action packed as they met danger and death at every corner I like puzzles, conspiracy theories, secret societies and hidden relics with power and this novel delivers it all The pace of this tale is slow at times in part because of the details and world building I found myself on Goggle looking up paintings, people and landmarks in Florence I also dug up my copy of the Divine Comedy and re read passages The attention to detail, the unveiling of the countryside and the challenges within the quest make it well worth the time I enjoyed the changing perspectives and the way Battista and Aurelia worked together to solve each piece of the quest The ending reveals Aurelia secrets and wrapped things up nicely The back of the book contains some interesting information from the author and in itself is worth a read I found her reasons for the use of certain numbers touching It is important to note that fans of The Legend of Zelda will see its influences within the quest Sweet I want to thank the author for sending me a finished copy in exchange for my unbiased review.Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer This is a romp of a novel The story literally bounces along, bops happily through Florence and Italy in search of mysterious piece of sculpture of immense importance, following clues from Dante s Divina Commedia, following clues in paintings that may or may not indicate UFOs And yet, while it sounds a bit laughable and weird, it all kind of fits together and was, in the end, a great deal of fun.Set in 1500s Florence, the story follows Battista della Palla, a Florentine patriot who steals art t This is a romp of a novel The story literally bounces along, bops happily through Florence and Italy in search of mysterious piece of sculpture of immense importance, following clues from Dante s Divina Commedia, following clues in paintings that may or may not indicate UFOs And yet, while it sounds a bit laughable and weird, it all kind of fits together and was, in the end, a great deal of fun.Set in 1500s Florence, the story follows Battista della Palla, a Florentine patriot who steals art to keep Florence free When he receives a mysterious request from the King of France to locate an evenmysterious sculpture, he comes across Lady Aurelia, protected ward of the Marquess of Mantua Educated and longing for freedom, Aurelia allies herself with Battista and joins him in his search for the sculpture.I suppose the flavor of this novel is 16th century Indiana Jones While reading, I was reminded of Emilio Salgari, Zorro, and Errol Flynn movies The playful thief hero practically winks at the reader with each daring theft, and there s this overabundance of masculinity among the thief s band of co thieves that begs to be slashed It s campy, but what can I say I love me some camp It took me some time to really get in to the story the feel was a bit too bombastic for my tastes first a theft and a mischievous but honorable thief hero and his adorably rascally and masculine crew and a mysterious imprisoned woman But about 60 pages in or so, I think the story settled in a bit and I got used to Morin s writing style, and from that point, I was sucked in The novel requires some suspension of disbelief and a willingness to not be a historical stickler the heroine s behavior felt a little too romance novel y feisty for me, a bit like Tangled s Rapunzel all grown up but much like The DaVinci Code or the Indiana Jones movies, doing so allows for a delightfully silly, engrossing ride *FREE BOOK ☘ The King's Agent ☔ Russo Morin skillfully blends historical fiction and fantasy in surprising ways She draws effortlessly upon influences ranging from Dante to Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the authority of her presentation makes the world she s created come alive A wonderfully action packed ride through the lush landscape of Renaissance Italy Starred Review, Publishers Weekly The King s Agent is based loosely on the life of Battista della Palla a patriotic plunderer, a religious rogue of the th century, a lifelong friend to the great Michelangelo As the cloistered ward of the Marquess of Mantua, Lady Aurelia is a woman with a profound duty, and a longing for adventure In search of a relic intended for the King of France, Battista and Aurelia cross the breathtaking landscape of Renaissance Italy Clues hide in great works of art, political forces collide, secret societies and enemies abound, and danger lurks in every challenge, those that mirror the passages of Dante s Divine Comedy It is an adventurous quest with undercurrents of the supernatural, powers that could change the balance of supremacy throughout Europe Battista della Palla is an art collector, or a thief, for the king of France His job is to collect valuable paintings and sculptures for the king He is in a mission to find a mysterious sculpture which is believed to have special powers when he meets mysterious woman named Aurelia Aurelia has been living as a ward of Marquess of Mantua and her life has been very sheltered but she is a woman with secrets.Before I started this book I thought this would be straight forward historical fiction and Battista della Palla is an art collector, or a thief, for the king of France His job is to collect valuable paintings and sculptures for the king He is in a mission to find a mysterious sculpture which is believed to have special powers when he meets mysterious woman named Aurelia Aurelia has been living as a ward of Marquess of Mantua and her life has been very sheltered but she is a woman with secrets.Before I started this book I thought this would be straight forward historical fiction and not so much a mystery book with the quest of finding the sculpture I haven t read much about Italy and I enjoyed learningabout the country The book is a take of Dante s Inferno and video game The Legend of Zelda and I m not familiar with either of them and I felt like I was missing way too much stuff Battista and Aurelia travels through Hell , Purgatory and Heaven finding clues within paintings and from Dante s work The stuff with Hell, Purgatory and Heaven went little too much religious side that I lost interest and I m not good with this mystery thing anyway.I loved seeing the relationship growing between Battista and Aurelia Aurelia had been living very sheltered life and hadn t know freedom and she grows so much with Battista s crew and seeing the world I also liked Battista s crew and their friendship between them While the book was bit hard to get into at first, I still enjoyed it I just wish I wasfamiliar with Dante so I could have understoodBut this made me evencurious about the author s previous book To Serve a King which I ve wanted to read What starts out as a seemingly standard historical fiction novel quickly turns intoof an adventure novel in a historical setting This was a new sort of twist in the HF genre and certainly for Morin s novels in general and it was an amazingly fun ride Our hero and heroine set out on an epic adventure to find a relic of some extraordinary power for the king of France To ultimately get to this relic they will have to face tests of strength, speed, power, stamina, emotions and manyc What starts out as a seemingly standard historical fiction novel quickly turns intoof an adventure novel in a historical setting This was a new sort of twist in the HF genre and certainly for Morin s novels in general and it was an amazingly fun ride Our hero and heroine set out on an epic adventure to find a relic of some extraordinary power for the king of France To ultimately get to this relic they will have to face tests of strength, speed, power, stamina, emotions and manychallenges along the way.The author points out that two of the inspirations behind this novel are Dante s The Divine Comedy, which is explicitly known while reading, and the video game series, Zelda If you are not a video game aficionado you will not recognize any references to the video game, so don t be concerned that it will cause to you miss out on something or won t be to your interest But, for those of us, me included, who are quite familiar with the game series you will notice that the format of the plot very much feels like a video game There were times while I was reading where I remember thinking, I remember doing that It was quite the multilayered experience and I can certainly understand why this was an inspiration If you are not familiar with this video game series, I would compare the plot in some ways with The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown in the regard that you are looking for clues that are hidden in plain sight which will lead you to the next item of importance In regard to The Divine Comedy I do not have much experience, except knowing the general concept of his work, but the novel actually helped me to have a new experience with the work I have a lifetime goal to eventually read Dante s work.There is a requirement at some points where you have to suspend reality in this novel This is especially true for those of us who read a lot of historical fiction when it tends to follow a set sort of path anchored in historical detail The novel is certainly historical fiction, as the events that take place are set within the historical events, people, and setting, however there are some elements that sort of defy the historical formula Again, a good thing, but just a heads up.Morin chooses to set this novel in various prominent cities in Italy Florence, Mantua, Rome however for some reason I expected it to be set in France I guess with the back cover text referring to King Francois I of France and not specifically stating Italy I got that stuck in my head That being said, I loved the world created by the author Everything stood out in vivid detail and this is especially true of the artworks, which play a prominent role in this novel If the art was not given a depth of definition I do not think the plot would have come off as well.Another great outing from Donna Russo Morin I can t wait to readof her work.This book was received for review from the publisher I was not compensated for my opinions and the above is my honest review