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FREE ⛓ The Competition ⛈ A Historical Novel Society Editor s ChoiceIn a studiolo behind a church, six women gather to perform an act that is, at once, restorative, powerful, and illegal they paint Under the tutelage of Leonardo da Vinci, these six show talent and drive equal to that of any man, but in Renaissance Florence, they must hide their skills, or risk the scorn of the church, the city, and the law A commission to paint a fresco in the church of Santo Spirito is about to be announced and Florence s countless artists each seek the fame and glory this lucrative job will provide Viviana, a noblewoman freed from a terrible marriage, and now able to pursue her artistic passions, sees a potential life altering opportunity for herself and her fellow artists The women first speak to Lorenzo de Medici himself, and finally, they submit a bidfor the right to paint it And they win The very public commission belongs to them Butwith the victory comes a powerful cost The church will not stand for women painting, especially not in a house of worship The city is not ready to consider women in positions of power, and in Florence, artists wield tremendous power Even the women themselves are hesitant the attention they will bring upon themselves willdisrupt their families, and even put them in physical danger All the while, Viviana grows closer to Sansone, her soldier lover, who is bringing to her a joy that she never knew with her deceased husband And fellow artist Isabetta has a flame reignited, sparked by Lorenzo himself Power and passion collide in this sumptuous historical novel of shattering limitations, one brushstroke at a time In this time women could draw at home but not be an artist that was for a man to do These women had to develop their talent in hiding as women were not allowed to be artists Women were supposed to have children and run their homes These women were learning to be better artists with Leonardo Da Vinci as their mentor The women were hoping this time would be there chance to be recognized by other artists Viviana is an artist who belongs to a group called The Disciples Of Da Vinci Viviana, Is In this time women could draw at home but not be an artist that was for a man to do These women had to develop their talent in hiding as women were not allowed to be artists Women were supposed to have children and run their homes These women were learning to be better artists with Leonardo Da Vinci as their mentor The women were hoping this time would be there chance to be recognized by other artists Viviana is an artist who belongs to a group called The Disciples Of Da Vinci Viviana, Isabella, Fiammetta, and Mattea are all members of this group The risks these women are willing to take for their art The women were lucky in that Da Vinci s thinking was ahead of his time and were willing to teach this women to better their art The women want to bid on some work to be done on a chapel in time Lorenzo unofficially runs Florence and has changed since his brothers death so the women have hope things may change for them and their art The women do get permission from Lorenzo to work on the chapel but Lorenzo doesn t believe they have the talent or the ability to be successful The church is against women painting especially in a place of worship Florence is not ready to recognize women as artists as artists have a lot of power in Florence Also the attention may disrupt their lives and there was a chance of physical violence being brought to these women Than Da Vinci was sent to Milan as by Lorenzo as he had a lot of unfinished projects so the women ow see less of him the last couple of years Although he does visit the female artists at least once a month Leonardo came to the meeting where they discussed working on the chapel and he told the women to go home and tell their families before they did anything else I enjoyed this book I loved the fact it told Da Vinci s POV and I liked the plot and the pace of this I also liked the fact Michelangelo was brought up when he was nine years old I thought this was very well written I also really enjoyed this book and felt these women were courageous I am happy I am in the generation I was born in To be so limited to what you were to do with your life I felt the characters were great as was the book itself and I highly recommend, I have had some time thinking about the book before I wrote this review and I think although it s a good book, would I have preferred to have read the previous book first Now, I don t mean that it was hard to get into the story in this book, it slike the mentioning of events from the first book made me curious about that book, to get the past stories behind all the characters And, reading the first book would have made it easier to understand the characters, instead of learning during th I have had some time thinking about the book before I wrote this review and I think although it s a good book, would I have preferred to have read the previous book first Now, I don t mean that it was hard to get into the story in this book, it slike the mentioning of events from the first book made me curious about that book, to get the past stories behind all the characters And, reading the first book would have made it easier to understand the characters, instead of learning during the books progressabout them.Nevertheless, despite my lack of previous knowledge did I enjoy this book I find the era fascinating and one thing I truly loved was reading a book about Leonardo da Vinci Yes, it s a story about da Vinci s disciples, but I can t help being fascinated by the man and I loved that his POV was included in the book I was also intrigued by Lorenzo de Medici I really need to findbooks about both men to read.Anyway, besides that was it the women s struggles to be accepted as artists the thing that I found absolute fascinated to read about It s OK for a woman to draw at home, but to be an artist Nah, that s just for men Made my blood boil I tell ya when I read some parts of the books when they were found out and had to take the public s scorn I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy from NetGalley for an honest review A big thank you to Diversion Books, Donna Ruson Morin, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.Book two in the da Vinci s Disciples series, Ruson Morin continues to find inspiration in the historical events of Renaissance Florence to tell the story of her female artists This book, however, does not revolve around one particular event like the first did, and therefore seems to float rootless,fiction than history Instead we learn a little about fresc A big thank you to Diversion Books, Donna Ruson Morin, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.Book two in the da Vinci s Disciples series, Ruson Morin continues to find inspiration in the historical events of Renaissance Florence to tell the story of her female artists This book, however, does not revolve around one particular event like the first did, and therefore seems to float rootless,fiction than history Instead we learn a little about frescos I enjoyed the plot of Book One muchAlthough I think this plot was necessary to the progress of the series The reader does need to learnabout the ladies personal lives, their talents, their insecurities And the way the book ends its obvious their will behistorical tie ins coming The flow of the writing is quite smooth I finished this book in several hours before I realized it I d be very interested in reading Book Three The Competition is the second book in Donna Russo Morin s Da Vinci s Disciples series In this book, the women of the first book are back and have been continuing to work and hone their skills under master painter Leonardo Da Vinci Florence is a buzz with a competition to paint a fresco in the famous Santo Spirito The women know that this could be their chance to be accepted by other artists and to finally break into the art world, which is a man s world This is a great follow on to the fir The Competition is the second book in Donna Russo Morin s Da Vinci s Disciples series In this book, the women of the first book are back and have been continuing to work and hone their skills under master painter Leonardo Da Vinci Florence is a buzz with a competition to paint a fresco in the famous Santo Spirito The women know that this could be their chance to be accepted by other artists and to finally break into the art world, which is a man s world This is a great follow on to the first book First things first, you should go back and read the first book Portrait of a Conspiracy The second book jumps right into the action while the first book hadof the back stories of the women and Da Vinci You may find yourself confused by the characters and besides, the first book is just really good Historical fiction is amazing HistFic books like this one have a great way to introduce readers to things that they never knew before I still found myself amazed at the women jumping over what was expected of them and striving for something greater The art world is still not very friendly to them even if they have the backing of Da Vinci but that does not deter them from making waves, which I really liked The writing of the book is good The characters continued to be interesting I loved Da Vinci in this book and I liked how the author built on the stories of the women from the first book Filled with great detail and other historical figures at the time, this book was a real treat