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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Kai Meyer
Age Range: 14+
Seventeen-year-old Rosa Alcantara is on her way to Sicily from her home in New York. She has come to Sicily to find peace and quiet. To be alone and think and to get away from her troubled past. Sicily is where her ancestral home is and where her sister, Zoe already lives with their aunt Florinda, who is head of the Alcantara clan.
Rosa’s one mistake is to make friends with the handsome Alessandro Carnevare, son of the capo of a Mafia family who just happens to be sworn enemies of the Alcantaras. Little does she know what is in store for her as she discovers family secrets and becomes embroiled in the world of the Sicilian Mafia.
Rosa is one feisty young woman who is determined not to be intimidated by the dangerous Cesare Carnevare, Alessandro’s cousin, who is set on destroying both of them. There is a secret that unites both families; after encountering a tiger one night – a tiger with very familiar eyes, Rosa learns about the Arcadian dynasty, the curse of Zeus, its legacy and what it means to the Carnevare and Alcantara clans. Rosa cannot trust anyone, not even her own family. This forces her to make choices which will ultimately decide her fate and place her in great danger.
As well as the realistic detail of the Mafia, with the treachery, crime, cruelty and deceit of the Costa Nostra, Kai Meyer has woven ancient myths into the story that are brought to life in the Sicilian countryside.
A fantastic, action-packed, suspenseful book, beautifully translated by Anthea Bell, that is sure to keep you on edge from page to page. Readers will be clamouring for the next installment of this trilogy from a master storyteller but they will have to wait until 2013 for the second book.