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Luca Bastardo doesn't remember anything beyond his early life on the streets of Florence in 1330. His first person tale covers the next 167 years. In this time he looks for love, tries to better himself and find the secret behind his apparent eternal youth. Although he has a chance to learn the secrets of life he is still the lonely and scared street urchin hoping to find his family.
Immortal is the debut novel by Traci L. Slatton. It the sort of book that is perfect for curling up in a comfy spot on a lazy afternoon and just losing oneself in the book. Although the book is 515 pages, I would have welcomed more time with Luca Bastardo.
The book covers some grim subjects like child prostitution, the Plague, the Inquisition and war. It also though covers the advances in art; Giotto and Leonard da Vinci both make appearances. With the tight timeline and numerous historical references, it helps to have a working knowledge of the Italian Renaissance but the story is told well enough that readers who aren't versed in the subject will still enjoy the novel.