Saturday, February 18, 2006


by Raphael Sabatini

Sabatini was born to a British mother and Italian father, went to school in Portugal and Switzerland, but wrote in English with a style much like Dumas. Bellarion (also titled Bellarion the Fortunate) is the fourth of Sabatini's books I've read and possibly my favorite. The title character is an orphan who rises through society through his intelligence, ingenuity and ability to understand human nature while meeting beautiful ladies, noble men and evil despots along the way. Heroics, warfare, politics, romance and intrigue during Renaissance Italy that shows what great writing can do when coupled with a great plot--a genuine page-turner.