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Starred Publishers Weekly - March 3, 2017
"...The novel dramatically brings to life a period in Siena’s
history that is still overwhelmingly neglected by historians—it is
still unclear why Siena was ravaged by the plague in ways unseen in
other Italian cities. Winawer has created a prodigious, vibrant tale
of past and present that transports readers and fills in the
historical gaps. This is a marvelous work of research and
Starred Library Journal - February 6, 2017
"...This mixture of history, time travel, and romance with its hint
of mystery will remind historical fiction readers of Diana
Gabaldon’s Outlander and Tracy Chevalier’s The Girl with
the Pearl Earring. Sf fans will recall Connie Willis’s The
Doomsday Book. Lovers of meticulously researched historical
fiction and time-travel narratives will be swept away by the spell
of medieval Siena..."