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"What's inside you is the gate to everything. It's what you become, what you make of your life." Living through Florence, Italy's constantly fluctuating history, Luca Bastardo is one of the most amazing, passionate characters to grace the world of fiction.
Beginning his life as an abandoned orphan and beggar, Luca is ensnared and kidnapped into years of the cruelest, degrading sexual service by a powerful Florentine merchant who punishes those who try to escape with hideous torture and death. But Luca's fine intelligence and sensitive soul lead him to the world of art where he can escape his surrounding brutal home.
Luca has what one might refer to as a blessing or curse. It appears he's ageless and the evil Silvano family holds a letter about Luca's parentage that may convict him to the Inquisition fires. While the plot thickens around this amazing mystery, Luca continues to explore the astounding world of art and alchemy.
Herein lies the unique, grand quality of this novel. For here we read first of Luca's close friendship with Giotto the renowned artist; then Geber the famed alchemist; and much later with the painter, sculptor and engineer, Leonardo Da Vinci as well as the powerful ruling De Medici family.
For decades beyond the ordinary human life span, Luca learns that there "are no perfect men. Just men with sublime parts." Exploring the world of art, theology, philosophy, the Philosopher's Stone and other science, Luca discovers the Laughing, scornful God is really the God of good and evil, ultimately manifesting perfection in beauty and love.
Immortal is one of the most outstanding novels this reviewer has read in years! There is so much more to be experienced beyond this review that is riveting, provocative, beautiful, passionate, and unforgettable in this well-research and well-written Florentine story.
A masterpiece, Ms. Slatton!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on November 28, 2007