Shakespeare and Dante collide in this sweeping novel of Renaissance Italy! The feud between the Capulets and Montagues starts here!

Pietro Alaghieri, son of the poet Dante, falls under the sway of Verona’s daring, charismatic, and warlike ruler, Cangrande della Scala. Risking battles, duels, and intrigue to impress his new lord, Pietro uncovers an infernal plot against Cangrande’s infant heir. Emerging from the shadow of his famous father, Pietro must protect the dangerous child while navigating a rivalry that severs a friendship, divides a city, and sparks a feud that will someday produce Shakespeare’s famous star-cross’d lovers, Romeo & Juliet.

Based on the plays of William Shakespeare, the poetry of Dante, and the history of Italy, THE MASTER OF VERONA is a novel of brutal warfare, lost friendship, and dire conspiracy. An epic journey into the birth of the Renaissance that recalls the best of Bernard Cornwell, Sharon Kay Penman, and Dorothy Dunnett.
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“Wonderful, exciting story!”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Amazon Customer

I must admit, this book was given to me by a friend and sat on my shelf for a few busy years of life. Things finally slowed down and I picked up Master of Verona, but was not certain I would become hooked on a book taking place in 14th century Italy….but I started reading and couldn’t stop! I was drawn in by the exciting, fast-paced plot, quick-witted humorous dialogue, and complex characters. I have been a fan of historical fiction novels over the years having stayed mostly within American history, and I was skeptical I would get into a story from a much older time frame and many names of places and people, but the exciting story quickly drew me in. I’ve read other historical fiction novels that have somehow made the NYT’s bestseller list that I found utterly boring and drawn out – this book deserves to be on that list! I have recommended this book to many friends and continued reading through the next three books in the Star Cross’d series only to fall more in love with the characters over time. I haven’t been this interested in a book series since Harry Potter! Thank you to Mr. Blixt for a truly enjoyable experience! Looking forward to more.

About the Author

Repeated Editor’s Choice from the Historical Novel Society (VOICE OF THE FALCONER, FORTUNE’S FOOL, THE FOUR EMPERORS) and 2015 Finalist for the M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction (THE PRINCE’S DOOM).

Author David Blixt’s work is consistently described as “intricate,” “taut,” and “breathtaking.” A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS’D series) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY’S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as hapless spies). His novels combine a love of the theatre with a deep respect for the quirks and passions of history. As the Historical Novel Society said, “Be prepared to burn the midnight oil. It’s well worth it.”

David continues to write, act, and travel. He has ridden camels around the pyramids at Giza, been thrown out of the Vatican Museum and been blessed by John-Paul II, scaled the Roman ramp at Masada, crashed a hot-air balloon, leapt from cliffs on small Greek islands, dined with Counts and criminals, climbed to the top of Mount Sinai, and sat in the Prince’s chair in Verona’s palace. But David is happiest at his desk, weaving tales of brilliant people in dire and dramatic straits. Living in Chicago with his wife and two children, David describes himself as “actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order.”

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