4 of 5 stars
When Father Dante dies, the young monk Antonio feels something is amiss. When he sees a shadow, he's convinced that Father Dante is still alive. He refuses to give up and when he catches up with the supposedly dead Dante, he's in for more than he bargained for. Antonio suspects that Dante is the famed St. Nicholas. In exchange for his silence, Dante/Nicholas agrees to tell his life story.
This is a dark retelling of St. Nicholas' life and begins at the beginning - when sorcerers ruled Kings in the Dark Ages. The story flows through history and engages the reader throughout. There were some parts of the book that were too elusive and cloaked in mystery and I was lost as to what the author was trying to convey. I reread some parts and still didn't get the references. Sometimes an author can be too subtle in the details and relationships and this was a criticism I had for this book. It is an excellent historical fantasy, but when I wanted the writing to be perfectly clear, it wasn't. Despite this, the author does a fantastic job of fleshing out the character of Nicholas.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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