Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Muse by Mary Novik

Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine is a weekly feature where I get to gush about something (usually a book) that I am really excited for.

I featured Mary Novik's CONCEIT earlier, and when I found out she has another book coming out, I knew I had to feature it as well.

August 13, 2013
Doubleday Canada

Richly engaging historical adventure in the vein of The Winter Palaceand The Malice of Fortune.

Muse is the story of the charismatic woman who was the inspiration behind Petrarch's sublime love poetry. Solange LeBlanc begins life in the tempestuous streets of 14th century Avignon, a city of men dominated by the Pope and his palace. When her mother, a harlot, dies in childbirth, Solange is raised by Benedictines who believe she has the gift of clairvoyance. Trained as a scribe, but troubled by disturbing visions and tempted by a more carnal life, she escapes to Avignon, where she becomes entangled in a love triangle with the poet Petrarch, becoming not only his muse but also his lover.

Later, when her gift for prophecy catches the Pope's ear, Solange becomes Pope Clement VI's mistress and confidante in the most celebrated court in Europe. When the plague kills a third of Avignon's population, Solange is accused of sorcery and is forced once again to reinvent herself and fight against a final, mortal conspiracy.

Muse is a sweeping historical epic that magically evokes the Renaissance, capturing a time and place caught between the shadows of the past and the promise of a new cultural awakening.

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