Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Thing Done by Tinney S. Heath - Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway #AThingDoneVirtualTour


About the Book:

Publication Date:  October 30, 2012
Fireship Press
336p



Florence, 1216: The noble families of Florence hold great power, but they do not share it easily. Tensions simmer just below the surface. When Corrado the Jester’s prank-for-hire goes wrong, a brawl erupts between two rival factions. Florence reels on the brink of civil war. One side makes the traditional offer of a marriage to restore peace, but that fragile peace crumbles under the pressure of a woman’s interference, an unforgivable insult, and an outraged cry for revenge.
Corrado is pressed into unwilling service as messenger by both sides. Sworn to secrecy, he watches in horror as the headstrong knight Buondelmonte violates every code of honor to possess the woman he wants, while another woman, rejected and enraged, schemes to destroy him.
Corrado already knows too much for his own safety. Will Buondelmonte’s reckless act trigger a full-scale vendetta? And if it does, will even the Jester’s famous wit and ingenuity be enough to keep himself alive and protect those dear to him?
This is Corrado’s story, but it is also the story of three fiercely determined women in a society that allows them little initiative: Selvaggia, the spurned bride; Gualdrada, the noblewoman who both tempts Buondelmonte and goads him; and Ghisola, Corrado’s great-hearted friend. From behind the scenes they will do what they must to achieve their goals—to avenge, to prevail, to survive.

About the Author:


Tinney Sue Heath has loved music and history all her life. Born near Chicago, she started college in Boston at the New England Conservatory with the intention of becoming a professional flutist, but after a rather abrupt change of direction she wound up with a degree in journalism from Antioch College. She worked as a staff reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education and later provided editorial assistance to University of Wisconsin-based editors of two professional journals.
Her musical and historical interests eventually merged, and she discovered the pleasures of playing late medieval and early Renaissance music on a great variety of instruments. Her historical focus is currently on Dante’s Florence, so she and her husband spend a lot of time in Florence and elsewhere in Tuscany. They live in Madison, Wisconsin, where they enjoy playing music and surrounding themselves with native wild plants.
Connect with Tinney Sue Heath:  WEBSITE | BLOG | FACEBOOK

My Opinion:

This book takes you back to 13th century Florence. Florence before she was the city of the Medici, the city of Michelangelo. Before she had consolidation her power; when the powerful families were vying for control. (Actually has that REALLY stopped anywhere? But I digress.)

The book starts at a party, has major denouements at parties and ends at a party. Why is this of note? Because our main characters are players; jugglers, musicians - performers struggling to make a living from the nobility. Our hero is a Jester, a fool as they were known but he is smarter than most around him.

At that first party our Fool is asked to play a silly prank by one noble on another. He does not understand why but he also can't refuse. It starts a fight that leads to nothing short of chaos and our Fool finds himself embroiled in a city wide feud - being used by both sides as a courier and needing to keep secrets that could get him killed.

This was a really different take on an historical novel. Using the Fool/Jester as the protagonist was truly clever and unlikely as it might seem the story is based in fact as the best and craziest tales are. I found myself quite involved and worried out our poor Fool who found himself in places he did not want to be but with no way out due to his station in life. Ms. Heath brought 13th century Florence to life with her descriptions of food, clothing and housing and she really brought forward the plight of women of the time. They were truly not much more than bargaining chips so they used what little power they could manage to control their men.

This was an entertaining and fascinating read from a time not often highlighted by historical fiction writers. It was a delightful way to spend several hours. Despite the murder and mayhem....

Rating:
4.5

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Disclosure:  I received a free copy of A Thing Done from the author through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest review. I received no other compensation for this post.

10 comments:

  1. I would not - I entertain myself well enough.

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  2. No, I've always equated them with danger (tell a bad joke in front of royalty and off with your head). Thanks for the giveaway.

    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

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  3. NOOO! While I think Jesters can be funny if poking at someone else, I really would not like someone pointing out all my faults in order for others to laugh at them...it would just make me always be on edge.
    candc320@gmail.com

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  4. No, I don't think I would like one either.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  5. Are you kidding? I'm the court jester around here. LOL!

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  6. Patty, thank you so much for that lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Do you know, I had never noticed that recurring party motif before. Thanks for the insight!

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  7. Unnecessary since life is funny enough. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I would love to have a jester at work every day. Keep people entertained in meetings!

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  9. No, I would not want a jester. I would rather have a personal assistant.

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  10. No, I would not. They kind of creep me out. Thanks for this chance to win the book.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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