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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Islands of Fire is a work of fiction in the historical and time travel sub-genres and was penned by author Dick Rosano. Written as the opening novel to The Sicily Chronicles series, this highly engrossing and atmospheric work takes us back into the very ancient world of Sicilian life. Our central protagonist is Luca, who travels to the modern-day island in search of his parents, but instead finds the wise old Vito. Vito’s hidden talents take Luca back millennia into ancient times, where his adventure continues as he witnesses the tribal origins of his ancestral home and learns of the formation of the incredible island as it is today.
Author Dick Rosano has a clear passion for history and the origins of Sicily, which runs throughout this novel in its fine attention to detail and the atmospheric language choices which bring it to life. The narrative style is informative but also dynamic in involving both Luca and the reader in the action that’s taking place. The time travel set-up was straightforward and plot-relevant, which made it easier to dive straight in and see history coming to life through the author’s flowing prose. I was especially interested to learn about the mixing of so many cultures and races in the heritage of ancient Sicily, and I enjoyed Luca’s enthusiasm and responses to what he discovered. Overall, I would certainly recommend Islands of Fire to readers of both historical fiction and non-fiction: a truly immersive and highly educational novel.