History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.
Deep in the heart of Florence a young boy is orphaned to fend for himself on the harsh streets. Luca Bastardo
knows his survival depends on his keen instincts. Starvation is not an option, for he has learned how to quickly
lift coins from unsuspecting people he encounters each day. Quickly he adapts to his ever changing world but the
unexpected occurs when he is kidnapped by a cruel and twisted man known as Bernardo Silvano. Bernardo forces Luca
to serve in a brothel. There Luca loses his innocence to the cruel and twisted clients who visit the establishment
and demand his services.
Luca discovers his freedom when the plague unleashes its deadly curse through the streets he calls his home.
The Black Death's victims are powerless to stop the agonizing death that it leaves in its path. No one is exempt
from its horrors; from the royal to the poverty-stricken it wreaks its havoc on all who get in the way of its
destruction. Luca is tired of all the death, pain, and destruction that exist in his beloved Florence. He decides
he needs to flee the city and build a new life far away.
Lucaís new life brings a bright and lucrative profit to his coat pocket. He is able to raise his head far above
his shameful past but still the old demons haunt his memory. He knows in order for his conscience to be clear he
must return to the place where his youth was lost. There he will be able to lay his demons to rest so that he can
look towards the future.
By far Immortal is one book that is assured to go down in history. This is the type of reading pleasure
that only comes once in a lifetime. The entire plot wraps around the readerís heart and keeps him / her glued to the
pages until the very end. I was so impressed with the talent Traci L. Slatton displayed in this one title. It is
hard to find words to describe the feelings I experienced all throughout this generous portion of five hundred
pages of pure emotional drama. History lovers will love the opportunity to catch of glimpse of some of the greats
of the Renaissance period - Giotto and Leonardo da Vinci. How these characters play a part in this story is truly
a work of art. Very highly recommended.