This Guest Review is taken from Tatty's Treasure Chest, the YA sister site of Falcata Times.
Release Date: 04/07/11
Michelangelo's statue of David is renowned all over the world. Thousands flock to Florence to admire the artistry behind this Renaissance masterpiece, and to admire the beauty of the human form captured in the marble. But the identity of the model for this statue that has been so revered for over five hundred years has been lost ...In this epic story Mary Hoffman uses her persuasive narrative skills to imagine the story of Gabriele, an eighteen-year-old who, by becoming Michelangelo's model, finds himself drawn into a world of spies, politicking, sabotage and murder. Set against the backdrop of Florence, this is a rich, colourful and thrilling tale.
For those who aren’t sure if a Mary Hoffman book is for them there are some simple questions to answer. First of all, do you like historically placed titles? Do you enjoy a character driven title that has some great twists? And finally, do you want a story that brings the complicated historical times to you in such a way that it’s understandable?
If the answer to these is yes, then Mary Hoffman is an author you should definitely try. The prose is snappy, the characters complex and perhaps best of all, the story takes you to the heart of the period which many thought perhaps the age of enlightenment for modern man. Add to this great dialogue, real issues to which the reader can associate and a fast moving plot that really will keep you on the edge of your seat.
All in all, this title was one that I highly enjoyed and when you add documented events into the account it’s a title that really will impress as well as enthuse the reader. Great stuff.