Official Review: Hand of Silver, Hand of Gold

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Re: Official Review: Hand of Silver, Hand of Gold

Post by Dahmy 10 » 02 Jul 2018, 16:33

I think the novel is good enough for reading, I am only wondering as to the title of the book and what importance it plays in the plot therein!!

Great review by the way!!!

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Post by bookowlie » 02 Jul 2018, 17:42

I like historical fiction and the premise of the story sounds interesting. However, I don't care for a plot that takes too long to take shape and this one sounds like that. Glad you were able to appreciate the book despite the issues you mentioned.
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Post by anwidmer » 02 Jul 2018, 18:18

I hate when a book takes so long to get to the plot that it is actually a bit anti-climatic. I may skip this one for just that reason. Great review!

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Post by Miriam Molina » 02 Jul 2018, 21:36

Another Da Vinci story! The man was multi-talented and a master of many trades and no doubt will inspire a lot more stories.

The title seems to imply that there are two gauntlets. I am sufficiently intrigued to get my hands on this story.

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Post by Britty01 » 03 Jul 2018, 11:51

I really enjoyed reading this review. I do tend to get uninterested if the plot is slow or the characters are fickle or not being developed well with the story.

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Post by Helen_Combe » 05 Jul 2018, 16:06

Great review. it sounds like Orlando wants to be the next Hamlet.
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Post by inaramid » 07 Jul 2018, 02:06

I loved your summary of the book. While it's great that the author painted a vivid picture of the setting, character development and pacing are also important for me. Thank you for giving us all the information we need to make a choice about this book.

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Post by Aseerpeter » 07 Jul 2018, 04:26

wow, hand of silver. it's interesting, sounds like something good is coming out from the story. I love it.

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Post by OrlaCarty » 09 Jul 2018, 07:47

I was determined to get a copy of this until I got to your paragraph on the characters. It sounds as if the setting and style are gorgeous, but without consistency in the plot and character motivations I don't think I could get too invested. Thank you for your honesty!

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Post by Faithmwangi » 10 Jul 2018, 01:31

I love the title, I love the cover and I love the review.
That being said, I have to admit that the lack of character connection and the length makes it a no go zone for me.

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Post by Lu_rire » 12 Jul 2018, 07:20

Although this book has it shortfalls, what I know is thst I am envious of the writer's skill with descriptive language and poetic tone. Those two are currently my weaknesses.

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Post by CatInTheHat » 15 Jul 2018, 16:24

It's difficult when you can't relate to the main character; especially when the story itself is well-crafted.
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Post by Eryn Bradshaw » 15 Jul 2018, 18:52

This book does sound interesting but it's a shame about the characters. So much can improve a story when there are strong characters and a reason for their actions. Despite that, a historical fantasy in Bologna does sound like it could be very interesting. I might pick this book up. Thanks for the review!
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Post by JR Mercier » 18 Jul 2018, 04:42

I don't mind a draw out plot but I wish the characters had been fully fleshed out. Great review. And am I the only one that honestly loves the title of this book?:))
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Post by anwidmer » 21 Jul 2018, 08:06

JR Mercier wrote:
18 Jul 2018, 04:42
I don't mind a draw out plot but I wish the characters had been fully fleshed out. Great review. And am I the only one that honestly loves the title of this book?:))
I love it too, was my first inclination to read it. I need characters with depth however so I've decided to skip this one.

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