Sicilian Avengers

Book Two

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
464 Pages
Reviewed on 05/26/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Sicilian Avengers is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, thriller, and interpersonal drama genres, and is the second novel in the series. The work is best suited to mature readers as it contains some instances of violence. It was penned by author Luigi Natoli and translated by Stephen Riggio. The second part of this two-book story delves deeper into the Beati Paoli's quest for justice amidst betrayal and looming threats to their existence. Set against Sicily's discontent with Savoy rulers and yearning for the return of the Spanish monarchy, the Beati Paoli faces shifting alliances and brutal reprisals. Their mission to reclaim usurped patrimony is jeopardized by betrayal as they confront the villainous Don Raimondo and the treacherous Matteo Lo Vecchio while grappling with the loyalty of new recruits. Natoli's work offers readers a glimpse into a bygone era while resonating with timeless themes of power, love, and redemption.

Author Luigi Natoli and translator Stephen Riggio have crafted an enthralling journey into a tumultuous world of intrigue and betrayal that gives just as much flavor and authenticity in English. Natoli's vivid storytelling, brought to life by Riggio's masterful translation and keen sense of preserving both pace and atmosphere, totally immerses readers in the complex web of alliances and vendettas that define early eighteenth-century Palermo. The contrast between aristocratic opulence and abject poverty paints a stark portrait of Sicilian society, and the descriptive quality of the work is detailed and totally in tune with the emotional tone the work sets. Through the trials and tribulations of characters like Blasco de Castiglione, I was drawn into a gripping narrative of honor, loyalty, and the relentless pursuit of justice that takes us through some fantastic twists and turns, and deeper moments of tense introspection. Overall, I would certainly recommend Sicilian Avengers and the series as a whole to fans of immersive historical fiction everywhere.