- Publisher: David C Cook Publishing Company
- Format: Paperback | 399 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 28mm | 431g
- Publication date: 1 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: Colorado Springs, CO
- ISBN 10: 1434764311
- ISBN 13: 9781434764317
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 43,735
When Gabi and Lia return to medieval Italy with their mother, they find a heroes' welcome from the people of Siena and enemies that wish them dead.
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By Iris Geurts 01 Sep 2011
This book was not as good as the previous one. I still enjoyed reading it, but this time there were some things that bothered me tremendously. Like when they discover someone who has the plague. Gabi immediately orders anyone who has been in contact with the person (she, Marcello, Lia , Luca and some of the knights) to go in quarantine and don't be in the vicinity of other people for a duration of 10 days. When they have to flee before the ten days are over, she turns a deaf ear to her sound advice and doesn't even think about the people she meets and who help her ( no problem if the enemy catches it )! She doesn't even warn them!
And the people who do have the plague are better way too soon. If someone is suffering from the plague, which is most certain deadly, it's not possible to be up and running within days... at least I haven't heard or read of something like that happening.
Gabi started to annoy me a little. She sometimes acted without ever thinking about what consequences her actions would have. In the first book I kinda overlooked this because she just arrived there, but now? After some time, you would get used to think before you act, wouldn't you? Since some of her actions already had consequences in the first book, I thought she must have learned something from that, but apparently not.
Another fact that bothered me was that, after spending more than two days in the burning sun with no water (which makes you very weak and can kill you) she was all better a couple of hours after she drank some water.... That's just not possible, your body needs more time to recover from it.
Little side note: Noticed Luca somewhere saying: I could sail the seven seas... Seven seas? I doubt they knew there were seven at that time ^^
My overall rating of this book is still, despite my remarks (okay I can be a nit-picker ) is 4 stars. Quite enjoyed reading it and I'm patiently (so not ) waiting till the next and last book comes out in September. And for those of you who are wondering: Marcello is continues to be a true knight in shining armor. Even in this book I wasn't able to find a single flaw in him
By CYP 22 Aug 2011
I devoured this book. Literally. The first book didnt impress me much, more of, "oh okay, im done. Move on". Y'know? But this..This is a stunning novel that transcended its predecessor. A phenomenal book just short of a miracle.
This book picks up right where WATERFALL left off, where Gabi and Lia tries to convince their mom to time travel back with them to medieval Italia. Their mom was skeptical at first(uh, duh), but was willing to take the leap anyway. Because both girls dont know how to control how many years to rewind, they ended up months after they left.
Shortly after their sweet(and i mean sweeet) reunion, the entire Siena population got wind of it and are in celebrations. So the trio(Gabi, Lia, and mom) are carted off to Siena where they will be hosting lavish feasts and whatever they wanted.
(ok this isnt a major part of the book but i MUST mention it. Or rather..him) GRECOOOOOOOO. There, at the ball-cum-feast, she met Lord Rodolfo Greco. Good guy, smart guy, hot guy. Perfecto.
Anyway, yes, there she met a few people, some old, some new friends, and one old enemy - Paratore. Something happened between them and off they go home. On the way back, they met with someone who has been infected by the bubous plague, which would ultimately lead to the Black Plague 5 years later in 1838(or sth). To not spread this contagious disease, they fled to an isolated middle-of-nowhere place and settled down. But not long after their arrival, the Firenze army closes in on them, unprotected and unawares...
Actually, that's not the end of it but it'll be too long if i really summarise the entire novel. That's testimony to how truly eventful it was. Mindblowing-ly awesome, i swear.
There was lots more humor in this one. Definitely more humor. And Bergren's writing techniques weave an enchanting story, much more elegant, grand and beautiful than the last. Add to that, the plot and storyline was jam-packed with action and suspense, there was never a dull moment throughout.
Bottomline: I have no higher praise for this book.